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"Argento's Baroque Nightmare": Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' Descent Into Suspiria

"...there is something about this film on a molecular level that demands we engage with it in different, and sometimes quite challenging new ways, approaches strikingly different from how we've been culturally 'trained' to understand cinema, particularly in terms of things like the dominance of narrative and character. In this sense, then, to answer your question I guess that writing at length about Suspiria was for me in many ways almost inevitable for precisely these very reasons."
As writer and film critic, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas discussing Dario Argento's high profile work, Suspiria in an interview (quoted above) prompted my own investigation into understanding why this film drew me as a viewer and never left my consciousness. No matter how many times you see Suspiria, it registers as a sensational, shattered jigsaw puzzle that your mind desperately wants to put together, even if some pieces don't logically connect with another.That is where the e…

Your 21st Century Woke Horror Host: Addison Hadley

From the prolific dome of actor, artist, and writer Tarik Davis (@tarikrdavis), Addison Hadley is the "scribe of the terrifying and macabre" all the strange kids should grow up watching and the weirder adults would naturally embrace. Addison (performed by Davis) made his debut in Ego Trippin', the NYC monologue and comedy showcase developed by LeMar McLean. Since, the astoundingly handsome, grim soothsayer resides in a budding YouTube series.

My Favorite Horror Host: Saturday Night Dead's Stella

One of the greatest pleasures I had as a kid was the opportunity on weekends to set my own sleep schedule. During the weeknights, it was pretty strict considering school, but Friday and Saturday nights were concocted events as I monitored the airwaves in hopes for a horror "Friday Night Movie" on Philly 57 and doubled my anticipation with the following afternoon of a Tales From The Darkside marathon on PHL-17 or an edited-for-television genre film on any of the other sparse channels. This was a golden period where your big three and syndicated-heavy, offshoots were enough.

Black Horror Filmmakers: Interview with Meosha Bean

By Eden Royce (@EdenRoyce)

To expand the “Black Women in Horror” interview series, I’d like to start including filmmakers along with authors to show how these two mediums combine to make stunning works of horror. My first director is the wonderful Meosha Bean. She is one of the directors for 7 Magpies, a first of its kind: a short horror film anthology written and directed entirely by black women. I consider myself lucky to be working on this project with Meosha, along with twelve other amazing creatives. but I wanted to know more about her work.

Turns out she’s a powerhouse and has made over a dozen horror short films within five years. One of those films is a standout in indie horror journalist circles. Meosha took a break from her busy schedule to chat with me about what it is to be a Black woman in the film industry.

Black Women Making Horror Films: Deep Into The Madness With Simret Cheema-Innis

Blogger, filmmaker, and London dweller Simret Cheema-Innis has spent much of her quality time talking with horror industry insiders and creators from all arms of the creative medusa on her blog, WickerGirl. Recently, she's been ascending into the welcomed madness of her erotic, sci-fi/horror tale, From Me To You which is one of the most trippy and fascinating descriptions of a film I've read in a long time:

A guy in his late 30's who doesn't want to conform or settle down, leaves his fiancé and goes to Vietnam to 'live life and explore more.' Unfortunately for him, he finds himself in a world/place with its own problems, habits and discrimination. Following a weird incident with a prostitute (and a graphic alien sex scene) our guy finds himself with many questions of his own to answer.