Tracing a Dark Circle: Revisiting Ringu & The Ring

Facts & Figures At the time of its release in 1998, Ringu (pronounced as Ring, even though it is written as Ringu or リング) became the highest-grossing horror film in Japan. The American adaptation, The Ring, was released in 2002, and was also financially successful, grossing close to $250 million. Although they share similar plot points and themes, …

Nazi Zombies, Satanic Witches & Doom-Head Clowns: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 3

Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi Hawthorne in The Lords of Salem

Even as a staunch defender of Rob Zombie's cinematic output, I think it's fair to say that his career post-Michael Myers has been a bit of a mixed bag. Various big-budget original projects (Tyrannosaurus Rex), visionary remakes (The Blob), and stories grounded in reality (Broad Street Bullies, based on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey …

Shudder: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellraiser II: Hellbound

There have been many Pandora’s boxes in film history: the box at the end of Kiss Me Deadly, the ark at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the little blue box at the end of Mulholland Drive. None are perhaps as visually striking or popular as The Lament Configuration, the fictional Lemarchand’s puzzle …

A (New) Case for Critters: Shout! Factory’s Critter’s Blu-ray Box Set

Shout! Factory's Critters box set

My coverage of Shout! Factory's box set appears at the bottom of this write-up. This piece works through the Critters franchise releases in chronological order. It is organized for you to look to those specific headings that interest you following the introduction. Please enjoy this revisit of the little-discussed franchise, which we believe will have …

Dinners of Death with Joe Bob Briggs: Shudder Knocks It Out of the Park, Again

Thanksgiving is generally associated with family dinners and massive sales by retailers as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season. But for the horror community, those things weren't important. In 2018 Joe Bob Briggs' return to Shudder with his newest marathon entitled Dinners of Death was the only thing that mattered. Black Friday gave way to …