Category: Features

Looking forward to 2013 (Peter Cushing style)

I am writing this on the first day of 2013 and, like many others around the globe, I am pondering what’s in store for the next 365 days. No doubt there are going to be millions of column inches devoted to forthcoming genre books, events and films plastered all over the internet in the coming …

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Australia’s Most Terrifying and Haunted Places: Victoria

Australia, as a settled country, isn’t that old. Sydney and Melbourne are the two largest and oldest cities on the continent, yet we can only look back to the late 1700s for a Western history of the country. With such a short time-frame to work with, Australia has more than its fair share of reputedly-haunted …

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Horror retrospective: Maniac (1980)

Maniac (1980) is the unsung emperor of the stalker/slasher subgenre. It’s a gritty, low budget exploitation movie from the golden era of horror, and follows all the standard conventions of a stalker/slasher film: you have a disturbed male protagonist that kills a number of attractive women with a sharp implement (a typical phallic penetration metaphor …

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Five apocalyptic novels you probably haven’t read but really should

Do away with The Stand. We’ve all read it and seen the TV movie. I am Legend, as well. They’re not welcome here. Anything with zombies spelling the end of mankind? Kindly leave the building in an orderly fashion, taking any severed limbs with you. It’s all the Mayan’s fault. They ran out of days …

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Christmas Films for Horror Fans

What do horror film fans watch for Christmas? Of course I can’t speak for all of us, but with the festive season upon us, if you haven’t yet decided on the final few movies to ensure you have an appropriately-terrifying holiday period, the Bloodstained Balcony is here to make a few suggestions. Keep on reading

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The Best (and Worst) Motel Horror

Like two great tastes that taste great together, that genre we call horror and that lodging we call a motel seem to be made for each other. Now, to be fair, mere mention of the two in the same sentence introduces an 800lb gorilla into the room, and it would be ignorant to ignore it. …

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10 Must Read Australian Horror Writers

When I was asked to write something on ten ‘must read’ Aussie horror writers, I thought, “Hell, how can I narrow it down to so few?” I know many, many writers that I consider ‘must read’, both here in Australia and internationally. Well, here they are. In a random order, as well, to avoid being …

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Horror and the must read novella (and why they’re still relevant)

The novella is one of those literary forms that I have admired for a long time – a quicker read than a novel but a fuller experience than a short story. In the mainstream publishing world, it appears to be something of a neglected format (although, having said that, in a relatively recent visit to …

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The Muppets and Mahna, Mahna – the Untold Story!

This is a story that’s never been told. It’s about the tragedy that dogs every triumph and the fallacy that underlies fame. It concerns a true entertainment icon – the Muppet known to millions as Mahna Mahna. Read more…

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Examining the Basket Case trilogy

I’ve always had time for writer-director Frank Henenlotter. Anyone who mentions ‘Jess Franco’s House of Pain’ in the end title acknowledgements to one of his films (in that case Brain Damage) is all right by me. His most recent cinematic offering, Bad Biology (2008) was a glorious riot of sexual and genitalia-orientated bad taste that …

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The Christmas Ghost Story

So, the season of goodwill and peace to all mankind is nearly upon us. Let us conjure up in our minds a typical vision of Christmas, the one that we’re all meant to aspire to or the one that we’ve been sold over the years, depending on which outlook you cleave to. Read more…

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Religion Won’t Save You: Religious Tropes in Horror Films

Ask anyone to explain a link between religion and horror movies and you’ll undoubtedly hear a large number of replies citing the use of crosses to ward off vampires. But, the genre is so heavily laced with religious sub-plots and analogies, it goes much deeper than Van Helsing brandishing a representation of where Jesus was …

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The rise of Australian horror and the Oz Horror Mini-con

We’ve had a first here in Australia this month. Our first single-genre horror convention, the Oz Horror Mini-con was a pre-cursor to the main Oz Horror Con 2013, to be held in January in Melbourne. Previously we’ve had multi-genre conventions, not least of all AussieCon 4 and World Con back in 2010. That was a …

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5 Halloween Stories to Read

The Faceless

Here at This Is Horror we have put together a list of recommended spooky reads that will send a shiver down your spine on All Hallows’ Eve. Please bear in mind, we take no responsibility for the terror induced by our recommendations! Read more…  

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Halloween Special: A Zombie-busting anniversary

Well, another Halloween fast approaches, and it’s always been my favourite holiday. Let’s face it, whenever the ghosts and ghouls come out to play, it makes just about everything more entertaining. Stuck in traffic? Look, there’s a masked guy wielding a machete. Caught at the red light? Look, a toothless crack whore with track marks. …

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