Category: essay

The Best Black Comedies You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

By Bob Freville When some of us hear the word “dark,” it conjures up things like the Dark Tower movie, based on Stephen King’s iconic book series, or Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, but others among us immediately picture something completely different. Dark comedy movies haven’t always been popular, but they’ve always been distinct from

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Why Mainstream Horror is Still Dead and Won’t Become a Zombie Anytime Soon

by Zakary McGaha A ton of horror fiction fans are currently optimistic. They’re saying we’re due for another horror boom…you know, like the one in Paperbacks from Hell. Well, I’ve said on multiple occasions in private, and I’ll say it again now: this isn’t going to happen. Nothing is going to bring back the mass-market

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10 Weird Movies That Never Got Made

By Bob Freville   If you’re anything like me—a glorified freakshow with a propensity towards hunting through thrift stores for forgotten gems—you’ve likely unearthed a king’s ransom of bizarre and risque movies on VHS or DVD. Many of us have marveled at flicks like Adam Rifkin’s The Dark Backward (1991) or the Mel Brooks-produced The

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It Can’t Happen Here: A Novel for Our Times (and All Time)

by Bob Freville   “And I’ve got good news for you! This gospel of clean and aggressive strength is spreading everywhere in this country among the finest type of youth. Why today, in 1936, there’s less than 7 percent of collegiate institutions that do not have military-training units under discipline as rigorous as the Nazis,

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10 Teen Movies That Are Totally Fucked Up

By Bob Freville   Teen movies have always been profoundly fucked up. Don’t believe me? Just revisit Revenge of the Nerds (1984) today and tell me it’s totally acceptable for a buck-toothed creeper to disguise himself as some Betties’ boyfriend in order to have sex with her. Even more fucked up? Watch how Betty ends

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