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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

On THE INTERFACE SERIES

Here’s something interesting: a horror-science fiction “novel” related entirely in the form of Reddit posts

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THE MAGIC TOYSHOP

THE MAGIC TOYSHOP evinces all the qualities that defines Angela Carter’s fiction, namely a fair amount—though not nearly enough in this case—of perverse invention

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LITTLE HEAVEN

Here Nick Cutter, of the well-received horror thrillers THE TROOP and THE DEEP, tries his hand at a genre epic of the type popularized by Stephen King and Robert McCammon, with mixed results

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Quite popular among the literati and the winner of at least one prestigious award, it’s a relentlessly contemplative and intellectual treatment of material that will seem quite familiar to most horror fans

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Cult Films In Search of A Cult

Having written about the subject for the past 20 years, I can discern what marks out cult films, and the following, I believe, are all prime candidates

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PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: THE TWISTED HISTORY OF ’70s AND ’80s HORROR FICTION

Now here’s a subject I know a bit about: paperback horror novels of the so-called “horror boom” of the 1970s and 80s

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THE JUDAS FISH

The late Kenneth Cook was never more inspired than has was in this novel

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THE JOURNEY INSIDE

An amalgamation of educational drama and grade-Z science fiction that was the first ever non-documentary film made expressly for IMAX

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Books You Should Be Reading

Many will disagree, but I say it’s a fact that my book reviews have in many cases helped inspire cults

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SCHOOL TIES

This 90s Hollyweird product is pretty good, albeit burdened with a crummy third act.  These days it’s best known as an early showcase for quite a few future stars

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JEFFERY DAHMER: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF A SERIAL KILLER

This was perhaps the most infamous underground comic of the nineties

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DEATH RITE

This French-Italian-German co-production, pivoting on clairvoyance and murder, is definitely peculiar, and for that reason alone deserves a look

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TV Flashback: HARLAN ELLISON’S WATCHING

HARLAN ELLISON’S WATCHING was initially broadcast as part of the Sci-Fi Channel’s SCI-FI BUZZ series during the years 1993 to ‘96

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A LIT FUSE: THE PROVOCATIVE LIFE OF HARLAN ELLISON

An excellent book about an individual who really should need no introduction

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JOHN SKIPP & CRAIG SPECTOR’S MALFORMED

An intriguing flashback to the indie comic scene of the 1990s, courtesy of the decade’s premiere splatterpunk duo John Skipp and Craig Spector

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NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER

This 1980 film has been called the “the sleaziest movie ever released by a major studio,” and I’ll have to concur

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The Good and the Bad of WILD PALMS

A 1993 miniseries that was never as weird or revolutionary as the “psychedelic dossier filled with borrowed moonlight from a floating world” it purported to be

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CITY OF THE BROKEN DOLLS

A strange collection of grainy black and white photos, mostly of injured Japanese women

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PRISON BREAK

PRISON BREAK was directed by Kazuo Ikehiro in 1969, and is widely believed to be the best Yakuza-themed film he and actor Matsukata Hiroki ever made

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ABELARD–THE CASTRATION

From Germany, a failed attempt at artsploitation that was completed in 1975 but not released until two years later–and then promptly forgotten!

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THE JOURNEY INSIDE

An amalgamation of educational drama and grade-Z science fiction that was the first ever non-documentary film made expressly for IMAX

read more

SCHOOL TIES

This 90s Hollyweird product is pretty good, albeit burdened with a crummy third act.  These days it’s best known as an early showcase for quite a few future stars

read more

DEATH RITE

This French-Italian-German co-production, pivoting on clairvoyance and murder, is definitely peculiar, and for that reason alone deserves a look

read more

THE MAGIC TOYSHOP

THE MAGIC TOYSHOP evinces all the qualities that defines Angela Carter’s fiction, namely a fair amount—though not nearly enough in this case—of perverse invention

read more

LITTLE HEAVEN

Here Nick Cutter, of the well-received horror thrillers THE TROOP and THE DEEP, tries his hand at a genre epic of the type popularized by Stephen King and Robert McCammon, with mixed results

read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Quite popular among the literati and the winner of at least one prestigious award, it’s a relentlessly contemplative and intellectual treatment of material that will seem quite familiar to most horror fans

read more