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Photos: Rock & Shock 2010 Horror Convention

Attendees, vendors, and horror-themed merch on the convention show floor of the seventh annual Rock & Shock.
Rock & Shock Horror Convention | DCU Center | October 15-17, 2010
By ANDY WARE  |  October 22, 2010

Review: My Soul To Take

The killer looks a bit like the strung-out version of Hagrid, the dim-witted giant from the Harry Potter movies.
Craven's worst?
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 15, 2010

Point of no return

Don DeLillo's novels have been shrinking, like a star collapsing into itself, perhaps, or vapor fading on a glass.
The end justifies the meaning in Don DeLillo's Omega
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010

Video: 2010 horror movie previews

Will 2010 be a festive romp of eye-gouging, throat-slitting, and disemboweling?
Hollywood Splat Pics and Horrific Indies
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 29, 2010

Play by Play: January 1, 2010

Boston's weekly theater listings: January 1, 2010
Plays from A to Z
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 01, 2010

Review: The House of the Devil

Have you walked near a college campus lately? You might notice that the ’80s are creeping into fashion, the way the ’70s did a few years back, and with the same lack of irony. It’s happening in cinemas, too — something that’s not entirely unwelcome when
The '80s revival hits the horror genre
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 04, 2009


Hip-hop from Hell

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds.
Horrorcore salutes Ice Cube and Alice Cooper
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Hip-hop is dead

Depraved hip-hop is the biggest thing to hit trailer-trash America since sliced meds — and not just in redneck pockets, where rap music hardly reached before, but in suburban enclaves where acts like Twiztid and Tech N9ne sell out shows with ease.
. . . or undead, rather — just ask Zombie Death Squad
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 30, 2009

Review: The Last House on the Left (2009)

Critics and audiences reviled Wes Craven's 1972 original, but its raw power gave it an enduring, endearing legacy.
Instead of subversive shocks, it's more of the same torture we've seen a thousand times before
By PEG ALOI  |  March 18, 2009

Mystery Somerville Theatre 3000

One film you probably won't see honored retrospectively at Sunday night's Oscars is Blood of the Vampires , Gerardo de Leon's schlocky 1966 Filipino horror flick, in which a family of revenants engage in badly dubbed mayhem.
Hey, Up in Front!
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 19, 2009

Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

Jason Voorhees's bloody hands have developed green thumbs.
A suspense-less rampage
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 11, 2009

William Friedkin at the Harvard Film Archive

However we may still praise, and therefore bury, the American New Wave, we do still run the genuine risk of slipping down the wormhole slicked by present-moment techno obsessions and amnesiac entertainment-media narcissism.
William Friedkin, the New Hollywood’s most daring pulp-realist provocateur.
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  February 10, 2009

Tiger by the tail

The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
The wild and woolly cinema of John Boorman
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  November 18, 2008

A 'beautiful life'

In the context of today's new political dawn, Cabaret , the Kander and Ebb musical about 1930 Berlin, is like one of those silly horror movies that couples go to for an excuse to cling together and shriek. Isn't it great that the mayhem isn't happening
Center Stage's Cabaret is in top form
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 12, 2008

Drowning in a sea of red

As a film critic, I'm obliged to approach every film with an open mind.
Seeing Saw
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 05, 2008

Saw V

As always, several unluckies get to squirm through a maze of death; meanwhile, a rogue FBI agent (Scott Patterson) tries to make sense of it all.  
The previous entries have bled dry every variation on tormenting a victim
By TOM MEEK  |  October 28, 2008


Fiend footage festival

We’ve got a formidable line-up here: Banana Zombie and Housewife Zombie are joined Bike Courier Zombie, and a mangled-shirt-and-tails zombie Cannibal dubs “Dr. Teeth.”  
“Feast Of Flesh VII” at the Coolidge
By SHAULA CLARK  |  October 01, 2008

The House Bunny

Once again Anna Faris, the only reason to see the Scary Movie franchise, adds undeserved riches to an awful premise.
Cheap gags and the requisite amount of T+A
By TOM MEEK  |  August 27, 2008

Prom Night

The original Prom Night (1980) wasn’t all that original.
 A bloodless slasher flick
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008

Horrror fans to mark ‘Lovecraft Rising’

The man famously wrote, “I am Providence,” so it just wouldn’t be right for folks in this town to say, “H.P. who ?”
Literary life
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 26, 2008

The power of love

Carl Wilson’s recent entry into Continuum’s esteemed 33 1/3 series — a series of books by critics and musicians devoted to canonical pop albums — is framed by an irresistible concept.
A respected music critic contemplates Celine Dion and has a crisis of conscience
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 19, 2008


Let me see your grill

If there’s one thing the new horror flick Teeth teaches us, it’s that nothing sours a romantic soirée like a vagina dentata.
The origins of the vagina dentata
By GREG COOK  |  January 25, 2008

Colony collapse disorder

If you get a chance, check out the trailer for the movie 2 on YouTube.
Covered in Bees Kill Louder Than Fire
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 05, 2007


Bentley and Nichols do wonders with a property otherwise as appealing as an empty parking garage on Christmas Eve.
A sex-gore flop
By TOM MEEK  |  November 14, 2007

30 Days of Night

Poor Danny Huston leads them; his hissed Nietzschean ripostes are tiresome and laughable, leaving him about as scary as Count Chocula.
Hoary high-camp clichés
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 17, 2007

Cutting edge

Some who’ve watched the on-line videos of al-Qaeda executions may suffer a shock of recognition at some images in Eastern Promises .
Cronenberg’s twisted mirror
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 12, 2007



One misshapen maybe-man/maybe-ghost stalks a group of pretty young things and rips their limbs off with generous plumes of blood spray and strewn entrails.
A classic slasher eye roller
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 05, 2007


Somerville has become a bastion for the wild and woolly.
Nave exhibit rounds up Somerville collectives
By GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2007

Playlist: July 6, 2007

The Pointer Sisters, Escape from New York , Squids, and more.
Ben Sisto’s five favorite YouTube videos
By BEN SISTO  |  July 03, 2007

Paris je t'aime

The concept for this anthology was a short film representing each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements, from the Jardins des Tuileries (#1) to the Cimitière du Père Lachaise (#20).
A whirlwind tour of 18 arrondissements in 120 minutes
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2007