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    Sound On Sight Podcast 508: Ash vs. Evil Dead and ‘Spectre’

    After a brief hiatus the Sound On Sight podcast is back, with a slightly new format that reflects the wider variety of subject matter to be found here on PopOptiq. This week in our first segment, “What’s in the Box?”, we are joined by one of our resident TV critics, Chris Evangelista, to offer our take on the new […] More

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    Horror-Comedies: Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead 2’

    One of the best at blending the two genres is Sam Raimi, whose answer to the question of why horror and comedy go together is his Evil Dead trilogy, which crackles with the energy of a mad scientist’s concoction.The Evil Dead II is largely considered the best of the three, taking the camp, gore, and over-the-top situation from the original and cranking it up past eleven. More

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    Lovecraft by Any Other Name: 10 Films Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft

    H.P. Lovecraft doesn’t translate to film very well. Many have tried, few have succeed. Lovecraft’s stories are mood-driven, using his dense antiquarian writing style to tell tales that say so much while unfolding so little in terms of action. This doesn’t exactly lend itself to a cinematic adaptation. Yet several films have found a way to tackle Lovecraft without actually adapting Lovecraft. The following films pay tribute to Lovecraft without actually adapting any of his stories. More

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    ‘Army of Darkness’ #5: end of transmission

    Army of Darkness #5 Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Larry Watts Colors by Aikau Oliva Published by Dynamite This week, Cullen Bun concludes his arc of Army of Darkness, one of the numerous continuations of the trials and tribulations of Ash Williams. The story follows the living example of an unwilling hero being shot […] More

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    40 Great Horror Films for the Halloween Season Part 4: 10-1

    Movies 10-1 10. Videodrome (1983) directed by David Cronenberg In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and […] More

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    15 Best Horror Movies of 2013 (Top 10)

    Special Mention: Sightseers Directed by Ben Wheatley Written by Steve Oram and Alice Lowe UK, 2012 This bloody, satirical road trip comedy is by no means as great as Terrence Mallick’s Badlands, but it is truly unique, strange, disquieting, and uncomfortably funny. Ben Wheatley is one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working in the […] More

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    15 Best Horror Films of 2013

    Any regular readers of Sound On Sight, or listeners of our Sordid Cinema podcast, should know that I am a huge fan of horror films. I recently published a 75 000 + word article counting down the 100 greatest horror films ever made – and every year, I whip a list of the best horror […] More

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    Film4 Frightfest – Day 4: ‘Antisocial’ suffers from ubsubtle sermonising on social media

    Not long after Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton reimagined the fairytale duo for the Twilight generation, Hansel and Gretel Get Baked offers a marginally more laidback interpretation on the fable for those more inclined towards other slacker duos like Jay and Silent Bob or Harold and Kumar. Director Duane Journey trades in traditional Gothic horror sensibilities for a stoned-eye view of suburbia, priding home-grown fantasy over full-blown horror. More

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