Basque Errementari

Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: Errementari

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“Basque in the Fresh, Gorgeous World of Errementari”

It’s a bold move to have a straight-up devil in your horror film. It runs the risk of being too on the nose, I’d think. I’m not talking possession. Not talking demon. I’m not even saying THE DEVIL. Just a devil, no “the.” A pointy tale, pitch-fork using, red skinned, horned, devil. Bold, but Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil is strangely more unique and interesting in its use of cliche imagery than if it went for something less obvious…

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The Devil's Candy, Metal Music, Horror Movies

Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: The Devil’s Candy

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“The Devil’s Candy: The Most Metal Axe Murder in Horror History”

I don’t think I’d surprise anyone if I said metal music and horror movies are intrinsically linked by some shared aesthetic. I’m not sure what it is about either that seems to connect one to the other — but the overlap in fan interest there is undoubtedly prolific. In fact the biggest metal fan I know is also the biggest horror fan I know.

Beyond similarities in imagery, I would argue there is a certain spirit embodied in both. A certain history there. “Both were the sites of moral panic in the 1980’s,”…

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Jump Scares: Cheap Thrills or Legitimate Chills?

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If there is one fight worth having about horror in 2019, it’s in regard to jump scares. They are quite possibly the most divisive trope in the horror filmmaker’s repertoire. Sometimes called “cheap”, “easy,” or “annoying,” jump scares are down-right loathed or avoided by an increasingly vocal subset of horror fans.

Which begs the question: where did horror movie jump scares come from…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog Episode 2: The Evil Dead

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“Just What is a Cult Horror Film?: Or A Vacation to the South is Kinda Like a Descent Into the Underworld”

But what does it mean to specifically be a cult classic in the horror genre, and what does The Evil Dead do to achieve this status?

Well, for me a cult horror film separates itself from simply low budge horror films in three ways…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: The Nun

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“The Nun: A Repressed History of Religion and Violence”

I’m not the type of viewer to just off-handedly assign a number for how good a movie is, or to quickly state if it is something as subjective and meaningless as good or bad. Almost every film I have ever seen has redeeming qualities and moments that fell short of expectation. The Nun is no different. I want to look at this movie by examining its monster, the demon Valak; its strongest element, the setting; and its use of Catholicism.

To start, turns out Sister Valak is not complete bullshit. I mean, she’s bullshit like any other made up stuff is bullshit, but it looks like writer Gary Dauberman (co-writer of 2017’s IT) drew on some inspiration from a “real” demon. According to the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic, Valak (spelled Volach), is described as a “winged boy riding a two-headed dragon, attributed with the power of…” dowsing (a supernatural ability to find groundwater, gems, ore, or metals in the ground)…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog Episode 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street

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“The Nightmare is the Universality of the Surrealist Slasher”

So why, then, do some horror movies stand the test of time? Why do we always come back to John Carpenter’s The Thing or William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, or, you guessed it, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street?
The obvious answer is, of course, that the fears they tap into are timeless and universal. That is a vague statement — one which we have all heard in some form or other if we have read any amount of film criticism. So what does that mean? What makes a fear universal as opposed to temporal — like the 50 foot woman from 1958, the decade of the rise of the term “nuclear family” and a particularly single-minded Hollywood propaganda machine reinforcing traditional gender roles as a new way for women to “fight the commies…

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