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Igor Brings Special Insights to ‘Victor Frankenstein’

The film makes clear its own debt to monster movie history, but it remains caught in a universe where its most obvious love story can't speak its name.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 2 - “Seeing Things”

This week, fairy tales, myths, horror, and reality collide. William Blake doesn't make it to the end; but will you?

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 7 - “Plush”

"Plush", the first true stand-alone episode of this season, is stuffed with horror movie cliches and filler.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 7 - “Flicker”

Despite introducing yet another plot line, this is actually a well-done episode that explains both the Countess's origins and her connection to the infamous Hotel Cortez, even while the other storylines flounder.

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A Profile of the Great Profile: ‘The Mad Genius’ and ‘The Great Man Votes’

Two performances from John Barrymore take us from pre-Code camp to prescient political satire.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 6 - “Room 33”

In another stalled mid-season episode, we find out what makes the Countess tick and why motherhood is so damn difficult despite all the modern amenities of back-alley abortions, vampirism, and nannies.

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Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ Taps Into Some Fundamental, Primal Terror

Setting the table for his work to come, David Cronenberg's psychotronic masterpiece, The Brood, has its very own Criterion Collection edition.

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 1 - “A World Without God”

The Frankenstein Chronicles is not a lumbering monster, but a finely crafted, dark Georgian mystery.

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Reality Itself Is Malevolent in Thomas Ligotti’s Work

Ligotti's stories seem almost violently unpalatable. They afford neither easy resolutions nor the seemingly ambiguous but ultimately fulfilling pleasures of so many mystery stories.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 6 - “Our Little World”

“Our Little World” offers bizarre family dynamics that lead to the revelation of major plot points (and a great Castiel moment).

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Charles Beaumont’s Life-Affirming Nature

Perchance to Dream, a recent collection of Charles Beaumont's short stories, is perhaps the most endearing account of his writing in decades.

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‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Phantom’ Got Those Silent Upgrade Blu’s

Two silent classics travel from nitrate to VHS to HD Blu-rays, regaining something of their forgotten glory.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 5 - “Room Service”

While this episode contains a few gleeful moments, like the hipster-killing huzzah and Liz Taylor's origin story, the plot barely moves at all and relies on the tired trope of vampires to keep audiences interested.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 5 - “Thin Lizzie”

"Thin Lizzie" goes through the motions, with a mixed bag of false leads, soul searching, and a lot of Darkness.

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Help Is Hell in ‘Clean Room’

Gail Simone brings the scares in her new Vertigo project.

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Delighfully Freaky Horror: Capturing the Drama and Surrealism of Dracula

The nightmare-inducing haunts of the infamous Count Dracula are brought to eerie new heights in the remastered Blu-ray release of Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 4 - “Baby”

Weird camera angles, hybrid monsters, and a brotherly sing-along leads us to some interesting plot developments when Supernatural puts Baby in the driver's seat.

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American Horror Story - Hotel: Season 5, Episode 4 - “Devil’s Night”

In a special Halloween episode, the story veers off the main track to play murder musical chairs with both real-life serial killers and the fictional killers within.

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30 Oct 2015 // 1:30 AM

Look! A Zombie! Race and Passing in ‘iZombie’

iZombie’s “passing” narrative complicates its broader racial politics.

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‘Breeders’ Isn’t Bad Enough to Be Good

Is this a porn film under the guise of trying to be serious? Or an attempt at a serious film from a director too used to directing porn?

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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