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Featured Fear: Thanatophobia (Fear of Death)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2016 by ranranami

 

In this world, where the fortunate find themselves boxed away from reality, Thanatophobia (fear of death) is all too commonly nurtured, to the point that many people find themselves knocking on wood, tying every act to superstition, every fearful thought to the knowledge that some day we all become worm’s meat.

Death is inescapable. Of the many great phobias out there, it is the one that will always capture you in the end, and for many, the very thought is so disturbing that often it seems to usher itself in that much quicker with the stress and obsession it seems to create in the victim. Nothing so typifies this fear being realized in such a literal sense as the knight’s eternal struggle with death in Bergman’s classic film, ‘The Seventh Seal.’ A brave man encountering death, denying his fears and at the same time meeting them head on with something as mundane as a game of chess. Bravery, in fact, is the best way to face any fear, isn’t it?

 

The desire for immortality, the modern beautification and idealization of the vampire, our cultural obsession with an upcoming zombie apocalypse, the fact that if you ever bring death up in a general conversation you are pretty much guaranteeing that you’re the buzzkill of the year. We are all afraid of death, to some degree. Even for those who deny it, those who obsess with it, those who pursue it. Instinct itself demands that this fear shall always and ever be a constant until the very last man or woman takes his or her very last breath.

 

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Horror Flick of the Week: Don’t Torture a Duckling

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2016 by ranranami

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If you’re unfamiliar with Giallo (regular readers should be, I love them.) This one may be one of the easier films to foray into if you aren’t, as the plot is more structured than you’d expect from a Giallo. As usual, it’s got some absolutely stunning cinematography. Since this is one of those ‘must sees’ in the genre, I’d expect nothing less. In fact, if you’re interested in Giallo at all…make this one of your top 5 to watch before the end of the year.

Voodoo. Paranoia. Religion. Gratuitous nudity. It’s gruesome. Mean-spirited in the style only Fulci seems to nail so well. A mystery about some serial killer offing little boys should be, shouldn’t it? Not for the faint of heart, and I’d advise those who are more sensitive in their horror tastes to not even watch the trailer below. For the rest of you, definitely check it out this October. This week. Tonight. As soon as you can.

Spooky Music Videos

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2015 by ranranami

I was in the mood for some music today, but not JUST music. I was in the mood for music and movies…and horror. It’s hard to find a good balance with all three of those, considering the disturbing lack of enough horror rock operas to sate my palatte. I can’t keep watching the same ones over and over, after all. So I decided to draw up a quick list…of awesome spooky and creepy music videos. And who better to share them with than my beloved readers?

Just a quick warning, a few of these may be somewhat gross. And contain nudity. Mostly that 4th one, which I honestly am not too terribly surprised about…it’s Dir En Grey. Others may be severely campy.

Also, some of these videos are hosted by the creators, and I highly suggest you check them out if you really enjoyed their videos.

Hieronymous Bosch Picture

Posted in Media with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2015 by ranranami

Terror and morbidity are no invention of modern times. For as long as man has been able to think, he has been able to fear. Back in the late 15th and early 16th century, Hieronymous Bosch painted some pretty gruesome treats. If ever man has depicted hell on earth, I think Hieronymous did it best. If you’d like to learn more about him, or see more of his grim ‘Where’s Waldo’-esque scenes, check out this site.

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Book(s) of the Week: Ghost Mansion

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2014 by ranranami

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Another little novel I found floating around at a library book sale, this story was an enjoyable read. Perhaps enjoyable isn’t the right word. It was a disturbing spiral leading the reader witness to an unstoppable descent into death and madness. So that’s why it’s the book of the week.

The especially intriguing part is how the ‘ghosts’ in this book are approached. Unique. Disturbing. Unlike anything I have personally read before, and shouldn’t think would be allowed on the modern theatrical screen (no matter how modern it gets.) I won’t go into any extra details about these gruesome specters, but suffice it to say I’d rather encounter Pezuzu on a bender before I stepped foot into this house. No matter how pretty the interiors are.

This is a book for a couple of quiet and lonely evenings with nothing but a small lamp (or perhaps candle) to illuminate the words. It’s a good thing, too, because you’re got 5 days until Halloween to go grab this little gem from an obscure backwoods book store.

Book of the Week: Bumper Crop

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by ranranami

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Bumper Crop, by Joe R. Lansdale

I’ve always been a pretty avid reader of short stories. They’re like little tiny books you can swallow in one bite, with plenty of space to spare. They’re like literary hors D’oeuvres, but sometimes…they’re not all good. Sometimes you’ll read one, go to the next, and then find it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Even Steven King is hit or miss with a fairly large amount of his short stories…

BUT THIS. Every. Single. Story. I loved them all. Deliciously dark, creepy, unpredictable. It’s insanely hard to find anything nowadays that’s written well AND unpredictable. It’s even more difficult to find a book of short stories that score every time in the awesome department. This book is one of the best story compilations I’ve ever read. Don’t read them to children, however, as they’re not nearly as child-friendly as Pet Semetary or Helter Skelter.

Lansdale has a way with words, and manages to create a world I would never want to live in. God of the Razor in particular is incredibly dark, wherein if one is cut by a blade of any kind, the ‘god of the razor’ will come out to take possession of him and transform the victim into a psychopathic murderer in order to feed the god with bloodshed. I wretched just reading this story…that’s no easy feat.