Review: Saving Grace

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The Cold War era produced an explosion of post-apocalyptic horror films. Think George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Boris Sagal’s The Omega Man (1971), and many others. National paranoia fuels great horror films. It’s not surprising then that a similar trend followed the September 11th attacks with its subsequent “War on Terror”, heightened xenophobia, and prevalent anxieties of future terrorist attacks in the minds of the American people. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield (2008), Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005), and even American “torture porn” films like James Wan’s Saw (2004) and Eli Roth’s Hostel (2005) can fit into this category, questioning what it means to live in a post-9/11 world. And more pertinent to this review, what do we fear in the wake of this mass tragedy? Continue reading Review: Saving Grace

Review: Hillbilly Horror Show Vol. 1

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I know what you’re thinking. It’s called Hillbilly Horror Show and its slogan is “Nuttier than a Squirrel Fart!” I can’t believe that I just typed that sentence either. And yet here we are. You. Me. The hillbillies Bo (Bo Keister) and Cephus (Scott Geiter) and their kissing-cousin Lulu (Rachel Faulkner), too. The gang’s all here! And ready to watch some horror movies! That is, if we can get through the first five minutes as Bo, Cephus, and Lulu discuss diarrhea, squirrel stew, and other hillbilly hearsay. But I beg you, please continue watching. As bad as the “Hillbilly” part may be, the “Horror Show” part more than makes up for it. Continue reading Review: Hillbilly Horror Show Vol. 1