Succinct Scares: Seven Short Reads for Horror Fans

Below, I’ve listed several recent favourites that will give your wrists and spine a break from the weighty tomes The King is known for. These suggestions are short reads, but still have all the terror a horror fan could possibly crave. Several of them come from the indie publishing scene. Like cinema, some of the best fiction is lost in a deluge of superstar saturation, so I wanted to shine a light into those unknown corners. Continue reading Succinct Scares: Seven Short Reads for Horror Fans

Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

By Chris Gallagher As Michael Myers walks past a crying baby, kitchen knife in hand, briefly looking into its cradle, a wry smile crosses my face. The Halloween reboot has made Michael Myers a genuine force of nature once again. As he saunters through Haddonfield, randomly and brutally murdering, it’s clear that this is the Michael Myers of the original film and not the subsequent … Continue reading Halloween (2018) – A Film About Trauma

Five Lost Italian Movie Soundtracks

The 70’s and 80’s were the golden era of Italian exploitation cinema. From the stylish gialli of Sergio Martino and Dario Argento to the infamously brutal cannibal films of Ruggero Deodato and splatter of Lucio Fulci, Italy was a hotbed for innovative, low budget and often extreme cinema.  The same can be said for the soundtracks that accompanied these films as Italy produced some of … Continue reading Five Lost Italian Movie Soundtracks

1980’s Horror Soundtracks: Top 5

As we reach October and Halloween is approaching rapidly, it once again feels like the right time to get into the mood of things and give you a list of some of my favourite horror soundtracks. I’ve decided to make this a list of 80’s scores only as it’s my favourite era of horror film and scores, and just for the sake of keeping it … Continue reading 1980’s Horror Soundtracks: Top 5

Slime City – OST Review

The release of Slime City see’s yet another forgotten film score resurrected from the lost vaults of obscurity and launched into the ever-expanding world of vinyl soundtrack reissues.  The average soundtrack collector would be forgiven for having never heard of this obscure retro 80’s oddity, whilst others may think about giving it a miss due to the overwhelming onslaught of film scores flooding the market….but … Continue reading Slime City – OST Review

Nekromantik – OST Review

The score to the infamous German nasty Nekromantik was released earlier this year through the fantastic One Way Static records, another top reissue from the Belgian based soundtrack label. The film itself was infamously banned in numerous countries throughout the world due to it’s realistic gore, animal cruelty and an extremely odd threesome with a severely decomposed corpse. Jorge Buttgereit’s cult art-horror film was only … Continue reading Nekromantik – OST Review

The Slasher Movie – Top 5

By Chris Gallagher With a raft of postmodern horror films being released in recent years I decided to look back at the classic American slasher film. As someone who grew up with a fascination and love of horror, it’s incredibly difficult to boil down any of my favourite sub genres into a top 5 list but I decided to give it a go anyway. The … Continue reading The Slasher Movie – Top 5

Beyond the Black Rainbow OST Review

Panos Cosmatos’ debut feature Beyond the Black Rainbow was released in 2010 and has gained a cult following amongst film connoisseurs and synth score lovers. Four years later and after countless bootlegs by fans, Jeremy Schmidt’s synth-heavy score was finally released in September 2014 through Death Waltz/JAGJAGUWAR to critical acclaim. Schmidt, a member of the Canadian Psychedelic rock group Black Mountain, was approached by Director Panos Cosmatos to score the … Continue reading Beyond the Black Rainbow OST Review

One Way Static Records – Interview With Sebastiaan Putsey

Movie soundtracks have become hot property in recent years. The resurgence has a lot to do with the great work that Sebastiaan Putsey of One Way Static is doing from his base in Belgium. Established in 2012, One Way Static Records is one of the leading re-issue labels for horror and cult themed soundtracks and has received a number of accolades for their outstanding work. … Continue reading One Way Static Records – Interview With Sebastiaan Putsey