Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Camp Dread

In a desperate attempt to reboot his flailing slasher movie franchise, a shady film director gathers a group of troubled young adults to participate in a reality TV show at an isolated and long abandoned summer camp.

Inane dialogue, tensionless murders and convoluted plot twists ensue...

Head over to Exquisite Terror to read my full review.

While you're there, why not pre-order a copy of Exquisite Terror issue 4? Inside you'll find essays and articles on the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Jim Van Bebber, Berlin’s newest horror production outfit, The Silence of the Lambs, and my own essay on the folkloric and literary heritage of Count Dracula.

All for only £1.50. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Exquisite Terror 4

Exquisite Terror is an independently produced periodical, the intention of which is to take a more academic, analytical approach to the genre of horror. Exquisite Terror 4 has been quite a while in the making, thanks mainly to the burglars who broke into our editor’s home and, amongst other things, made off with the laptop that contained a pretty much ready-to-go issue 4. This meant that the issue had to be completely started from scratch. A true labour of love, indeed.

The saying that all good things come to those who wait must be true, because lo, Exquisite Terror 4 is finally in the bag and available to pre-order. And it’s really been worth the wait…

Now featuring even more content than before, inside you'll find in-depth essays and articles on the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Jim Van Bebber, Berlin’s newest horror production outfit, an examination of The Silence of the Lambs from page to screen, my own essay on the folkloric, literary, and cinematic representations of Count Dracula, exclusive hand-drawn artwork by the likes of Caroline Ryder and Leonardo Gonzalez, and much, much more. All for only £1.50. Click here to pre-order your copy today. 

Print isn't dead – please support independent publishing.

For international sales, please contact info@exquisiteterror.com prior to order.

"Exquisite Terror is something rather different… genre fans looking for interesting, sometimes provocative features on the fringe elements of the genre will find much to enjoy here." Strange Things Are Happening

"An academic look at the filmic horror genre incorporating unique artwork and photography alongside often thought-provoking writing. They say the best things come in small packages… Exquisite Terror proves that rule. If you haven't yet dipped your toe into Exquisite Terror's murky waters then I advise you to do so today." Cyberschizoid

Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, here's a sneak peek at some of the beautiful artwork lurking within this issue's pages...

"Buffalo Bill" by Caroline Ryder

"Nosferatu III" by Leonardo Gonzalez

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Audiodrome #22: Ravenous

Released in 1999, Antonia Bird’s gruesome, satirical horror-comedy Ravenous tells of a group of soldiers descending into a nightmare of murder and cannibalism while snowed in at an isolated fort in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Referencing the plight of the infamous Donner party, aspects of Native American folklore, specifically the figure of the Wendigo, and the weird tales of Algernon Blackwood, Ravenous was initially criticised for its ‘uneven’ tone, but has since garnered a cult following. Owing to its reputation as a horror oddity is its rich and unusual score, born from the inspired pairing of minimalist classical composer and ethnomusicologist Michael Nyman, and Damon Albarn, front-man of experimental British indie bands Blur and Gorillaz.

To celebrate Scream Factory’s recent release of the film on Blu-ray, and because it’s just an incredible score, Matthew Monagle and I have written separate pieces on it; Matthew ponders Damon Albarn’s contributions and how the score can be seen as a bridge between Blur and the later experimental sounds of Gorillaz, while I contemplate Nyman’s more classical contributions, which draw inspiration from American composers such as Aaron Copland and John Cage.

Head over to Paracinema to read ‘em. Matthew's is here, and mine is here.

You can read Matthew’s other Paracinema articles and reviews here. Follow him on Twitter, too. He tweets about cool stuff. 

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Exquisite Terror Sale

Exquisite Terror is an independently produced periodical, the intention of which is to take a more academic, analytical approach to the genre of horror. For a limited time only, while the finishing touches are being made to the splendid Exquisite Terror 4, why not purchase some bargainous reading material in previous issues? Only a handful of copies are left and you can grab ‘em here. For international sales, please contact info@exquisiteterror.com prior to order.

"Exquisite Terror is something rather different… genre fans looking for interesting, sometimes provocative features on the fringe elements of the genre will find much to enjoy here." Strange Things Are Happening

"An academic look at the filmic horror genre incorporating unique artwork and photography alongside often thought-provoking writing. They say the best things come in small packages… Exquisite Terror proves that rule. If you haven't yet dipped your toe into Exquisite Terror's murky waters then I advise you to do so today." Cyberschizoid

Issue I includes an essay on actor Donald Sutherland and his career in the 1970s; an interview with Spanish director Guillem Morales (Julia’s Eyes); How to survive vampirism, according to Bram Stoker and Stephen King; The obligatory ‘more’…


Issue II includes an examination of the relationship between fairy tale and horror film (by yours truly); Dalliances with the dead, by an occultist; Upper-class dining with a difference; And, by popular demand, the analysis of both classic book and film…


Issue III includes an essay (by me) on the cat and his presence in horror; Jörg Buttgereit; The enduring ability of The Exorcist to frighten the viewer (by author Jon Towlson); Examination of Stephen King’s It from page to screen; Script analysis of Cannibal Holocaust...


The forthcoming Exquisite Terror IV will feature articles and analyses on the likes of Silence of the Lambs and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and mine own essay on the Irish ancestry of Dracula…

For more information visit www.exquisiteterror.com, follow Exquisite Terror on Twitter and Facebook, and check out this interview with our editor, Naila Scargill.