Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 3 – Hereditary (2018) – Directed by Ari Aster

Welcome back to Bela Lugosi’s Undead! We kick off our first A24 horror run with Ari Asters Hereditary. It’s Spooky Ryan’s favorite film of all time, and one of the most memorable theatrical films of recent memory.  After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film quickly took the world by storm. It became the … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 3 – Hereditary (2018) – Directed by Ari Aster

Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

The career of Jaime Foxx remains an enigma unto itself. On one hand, the actor, musician and comedian has conquered every medium. An Oscar winner, a Grammy winner, and one of the most versatile performers of a generation, Foxx exudes charisma regardless of his role. Yet despite his talent, many of his projects fail to … Continue reading Review: ‘Day Shift’ Fails Jaime Foxx as a Vampire Hunter

Review: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Blends Thriller and Mystery Elements for the Social Media Age

Nothing gets the thriller juices flowing quite like a wee bit of classism. While not full-blown horror like Texas Chainsaw or Friday the 13th, plenty of great films use the backbone of economic hardship to tell wild genre stories. Classics like The Stepford Wives and Rosemary's Baby were light on the literal scares but chilled to the … Continue reading Review: ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ Blends Thriller and Mystery Elements for the Social Media Age

Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

Welcome to Bela Lugosi's Undead! In our second episode, we cover the straight-to DVD Trick 'r Treat from 2009. Originally released at a festival in 2007, the film took 2 years to find its way to home video. Since then, it's found its audience in the horror community, thanks to its inclusion at Halloween Horror … Continue reading Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 2 – ‘Trick ’r Treat’ (2009) – Directed by Michael Dougherty

2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens

With a gust of wind (and a strong electrical mechanism), five teens are plunged into the depths of hell. A simple story of young adults getting hunted by the evils that lurk in the forest has been a mainstay of horror. For decades, horror ran this story into the ground. Yet in 2012, a long-awaited … Continue reading 2012 Retrospective: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ – High-Concept Horror Awakens

Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 1 – ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2012) Directed by Drew Goddard)

Welcome to the podcast series premiere of Bela Lugosi's Undead! Spooky Ryan and I are going to jump around our favorite horror films and discuss them over the course of the next year. We hope you'll join us on the journey! In our first episode, we cover Drew Goddard's horror parody, Cabin in the Woods. The … Continue reading Podcast – Bela Lugosi’s Undead Episode 1 – ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2012) Directed by Drew Goddard)

Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

A cell phone glitches and metal falls from the sky. A phenomenon that should make one duck for cover instead sends a man on a race to save his father. Ultimately, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) cannot save his father (Keith David) from a coin plunged through his eye. In Nope, director Jordan Peele makes a metaphorical dream into … Continue reading Review: ‘Nope’ Takes An Otherworldly Approach to Tell a Story of Virality, Legacy, and the Unknown

Review: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

There are some films so odd they defy explanation. Many movies seek to throw you off their scent. Others find themselves incoherent enough that you'll need an explainer. However, director and special effects artist Phil Tippett refuses to let his latest film be defined in this light. Instead, he takes the obscenity and chaos to levels … Continue reading Review: ‘Mad God’ Delivers as a Madman’s Primal Scream

Review: ‘Watcher’ Lives Up to Its Voyeuristic Name Thanks to Excellent Monroe & Gorman

In 1954, Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window took the world by storm. It was not the first voyeuristic film in Hitchcock's filmography (nor would it be the last), but the thriller in an urban center opened the doors for similar movies. The trope, watching your neighbors until they commit murder, became something of a trope for setting up … Continue reading Review: ‘Watcher’ Lives Up to Its Voyeuristic Name Thanks to Excellent Monroe & Gorman