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Houston: See Green Room For Free!

Hey Houston, wanna see a free advance screening of Green Room before it opens on April 29? I got passes!

I have 25 passes for a special screening on Thursday, April 21 at the River Oaks Theatre on 2009 W. Gray in Houston.  Each pass is general admission and admits two, so grab a friend and make a night of it! The movie starts at 7:00 PM sharp, so be sure get there early to guarantee your spot!

Follow THIS LINK, fill out the information, and secure your pass.

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Litspo: 9 Female Horror Writers Who Inspire Me

I didn’t realize until fairly recently, but February is Women in Horror Month! February 2016 marks the 7th annual Women in Horror Month, or WiHM, which aims to “encourage supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.” Women in all parts of the horror genre are represented—female horror directors, female horror writers, female horror artists, and many more.

I love that this initiative exists! Why should boys have all the fun? Everyone can contribute to horror. It’s refreshing to see women who love horror come together to support each other. There are many talented individuals sharing in this genre, be it through fiction, film, comics, or art.

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The Witch Is The Most Important Horror Movie of 2016

About ten or fifteen minutes into The Witch, I realized I was holding my breath. My shoulders were tense, shrugged up towards my ears as I sank further into my seat. I told myself to relax and just watch the movie, but I couldn’t. It didn’t help that I ended up curled up in my seat in preparation for the next insane development. And it didn’t help that the story became more and more unnerving and the scares more and more startling. Hours after the film had ended, I was still tense. I couldn’t stop revisiting the film, obsessing over certain scenes and replaying others in my head, desperate for details I’d missed.

It’s been a long time since a film, horror or otherwise, has provoked me like The Witch has. Few horror films have ever left me in a state of lingering physical discomfort. Not many horror movies have scared me like this, where I could not predict what fresh hell would come next. And few movies have left me this awestruck, because The Witch is one of the best horror films I’ve seen. It proves the level of art and craft the horror genre is capable of attaining.

And that’s because The Witch is not just a film. It’s an experience, a study in fear.

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Christopher Lee: A Tribute to a Horror Icon

The Internet was heartbroken this past week with the news that Christopher Lee had passed. At 93 years old, the film legend, author, and sometimes heavy metal singer had amassed fans from all generations and across genres. In particular, he was a horror film god, seen in many of the Hammer horror films of the late 1950s through the mid 1970s. But he was in many other kinds of films, including the playing the titular character opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in The Man With the Golden Gun. More recently, you might know him as Count Dooku from the Star Wars prequels, as Saruman from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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His influence on horror films in undeniable, placing him firmly in the pantheon of horror icons. I’ve put together a (non-exhaustive) list of some his most well-known horror films, including a few personal favorites. If you are already a fan, I hope you enjoy this list and remember Mr. Lee’s contributions fondly. If you aren’t a big fan, consider this list a good jumping off point to familiarize yourself not only with Mr. Lee’s work, but some well-crafted and entertaining horror classics.

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The Man Behind the Xenomorph: A New H.R. Giger Documentary

Great news, Internet!

H.R. Giger, Swiss surrealist, artist, and creator of the iconic designs behind such films as Alien, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and Species, is the subject of an intriguing new documentary. Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World, directed by Belinda Sallin, offers an intimate view of the artist during an interview conducted in his dark and cluttered home. The man, the legend, invites the viewer to follow him deeper and deeper into the recesses of his home, which is full of stacks of books, his painting and sculptures, and countless items assembled for inspiration.

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A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night: Monsters and Moral Authority

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Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a screening of the stunning film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, the debut feature film from Ana Lily Amirpour, an Iranian-American director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. I’d been hearing a ton of buzz about this movie, but couldn’t a screening in my city. My town isn’t exactly a big stop on the indie film circuit, so it took a long time before a screening was finally scheduled and I could scoop up some tickets.

I was not disappointed. This film is, quite simply, amazing. I really enjoyed it.

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American Horror Story: Freakshow, Episode 1

The season premiere of American Horror Story: Freakshow aired last week and I watched it, despite myself. Even though the first three to four episodes of a season are amazing and entertaining, with inventive treatments of basic horror tropes and characters, but then things start to fall apart in the middle of the season. I’ve been hurt before—AHS: Coven had an awesome concept, a solid cast, and there was a lot of potential, but the execution was bad and the storytelling was a train wreck. In vain, I watched the whole thing, hoping they’d pull it together with some transcendent plot twist and I would feel better about the thousands of abandoned storylines, the underutilized Angela Bassett, the inconsistent character treatment, and the most incompetent witch hunters ever. Also, Hank. Hank was the woooorrrrssst.

Go away Hank! No one likes you!

But there I was, ready for the fourth season.

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Expectation and Judgment in You’re Next

“Grab anything that might make a good weapon.” – Erin

This movie review contains spoilers! If you haven’t seen this movie, do not read on! Or maybe you don’t care and you’re like me and some movies sound too scary and graphic but you want to know what happens anyway because while you’re chicken you’re not that chicken. If that’s the case, read on!

I want to discuss something that is the source of endless frustration in a lot of horror movies—stupid characters. You know the ones, existing purely to drive the plot.

A dark, intimidating figure has been stalking you and your friends. You find yourself home alone and hear the sound of footsteps on the second floor. Should you go investigate? No! Do you?

Yes, and now you’re dead.

Or, you’re supposedly a super-smart biologist who has traveled across the universe to a barren planet in search of alien life. The first living creature you encounter looks like the offspring of an earthworm and a cobra. Should you try to touch it? Hell no! Do you?

Yes, and now you’re dead.

You guys! It’s so cute WHY DON’T I TOUCH IT

Now, I’ll be honest. I have a love-hate relationship with slasher movies for two reasons. First, some characters in these movies act in such idiotic ways; clearly, I would never die in such a stupid, keep-the-plot-moving kind of way. That’s what I tell myself, and I take solace in the belief that I could keep it together enough to call the cops and run away. It’s entertaining and self-affirming to say, yep, at least I’m not that dumb.

The second reason, however, isn’t really fun, but it’s valuable and compelling. It targets the insecurities I’d rather not acknowledge.

In slasher movies, there’s always at least one character who doesn’t act stupidly but still meets a horrific end. Maybe she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe the stupid character didn’t fill the car with gas and she couldn’t escape. Maybe the killer was just that much smarter and stronger than she was. In short, this character just wasn’t good enough to make it out alive.

That’s what makes me squirm. I like to pretend I would know what to do and could protect myself in such a situation, and I probably could in some instances. Freaky-looking worm-cobra alien slithers towards me? Run away! Don’t touch it! Masked murderer has broken into the house and I’m in the middle of nowhere without a car or cell service? Crap, this might turn ugly.

I could be next.

Not gonna lie, I’d probably just hole up in a closet and hope for the best.

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