150 Words About: BLUE RUIN (2013)

Blue Ruin is a revenge flick from Jeremy Saulnier (director of Murder Party, Green Room, and the Netflix Original Hold the Dark), but calling it that hardly does the film justice.  Revenge flicks typically follow a standard formula, and although that formula usually works for me, Blue Ruin adds much more to the genre.  The main character gets his revenge early in the film . . . it’s the repercussions that are the focus here.  Blue Ruin asks what might really happen in such a scenario — what if you wanted bloody revenge, but…

Fiction Friday: Strangers

Strangers Rory Say “Once I saw her out by Swan Lake,” said Peter Jenkins one hot June afternoon they’d spent prowling the neighborhood. “Saw her bend down and pick up a bunch of worms out of the mud. And guess what?” “What?” “She put ’em up to her mouth and slurped those fuckers up like spaghetti.” “Bullshit.” “I’m serious.” “I heard she sleeps in the old Henderson cemetery,” said Max Flynn. “I heard she doesn’t sleep at all.” Clive Gunderson had never seen the woman do anything terrible, and he…

150 Words About: HOUSEBOUND (2014)

Hailing from New Zealand, Housebound is a film I recommend to horror fans who don’t mind a few giggles with their goosebumps. In fact, that’s my only beef with what is otherwise a very effective fright flick — I wish the folks who made Housebound had gone darker with the material (even if the humor doeswork more often than not). What’s it about? When perpetual delinquent Kylie is busted in the act of robbing an ATM, the courts sentence her to house arrest in her own personal hell: her mother’s home. If things weren’t…

Extended Interview: Mathias Clasen

Extended Interview: Mathias Clasen Gallows Hill: Let’s start with a quick introduction on who you are, what you do, and how you came to be a horror researcher. Mathias Clasen: I’m an associate professor in literature and media in the English Department at Aarhus University, a large research university in Denmark. My main research focus is on horror—its history, forms, functions, and appeal. My primary training is in literary study, but I’m also interested in audiovisual and interactive horror—films, video games, live-action horror attractions, you name it. It spooks you,…

The Gallows Hill Podcast

That’s right horror fans! We’re starting a podcast. Kick back with members of the horror community for drinks, laughs, and fun. We’ll talk books, movies, writing tips and habits, genre news, and alcohol preferences while our guests (and host) get inebriated. As in everything we do here on the Hill, we believe in engaging with the community. So if you want to send in voice recordings or text notes to the show, we’ll listen/read them and discuss. If you want to come on the show to get sloshed and/or promote…

Fiction Friday: Lavatory

Lavatory Ashleigh Hatter Jangling the handle again, he gently knocked his head against the heavy door, then returned to sitting on the toilet. The remaining light still worked, so there was that. He looked back at the mirror he’d shattered earlier on. How much earlier? Sucking his teeth, he hated that he didn’t know. No one wore watches, and his phone was on the other side of the door. He’d always left his cell out of the bathroom when he went in. As she liked to say, he was a…

150 Words About: OMNIVOROS (2013)

This Spanish film reminded me of a story by one of my favorite writers, Graham Masterton’s “The Secret Shih Tan”, although there’s no connection.  A food critic investigates “clandestine restaurants”, where rich patrons dine on exotic dishes not found on the menu at McDonald’s.  But when his search for the ultimate taboo leads to some folks who feast on human flesh, he’s forced to reconsider how far he’ll go to further his career.  For a film about cannibalism, I admired how Omnivoros avoided the obvious trappings like blood n’ guts splashing around. …

New Weekly Column! 150 Word Reviews

Hey there horror fans! We love regular content. That’s why Fiction Friday is so important to us as a publication. But we don’t do just fiction. That’s one of the strongest selling points of Gallows Hill. We really are your one stop horror shop. So we are bringing you a new weekly column. Starting tonight, our resident movie critic, James Newman, will be writing 150 word movie reviews on horror movies new and old. Tune in every Wednesday night at 5:30 for movie night! Watch the trailer and read the…

When the Streaming Starts: Honeymoon

When the Streaming Starts: Honeymoon JAMES NEWMAN Welcome to the rebirth of my column “When the Streaming Starts!” First off, I’d like to say thanks to the powers-that-be here at Gallows Hill for giving this piece a second life. I’m stoked to see what the future holds for this fine new publication and I’m proud to be a part of it from the start. By the way, the title of the column isn’t a typo. What I plan to do is discuss in each installment a movie that is currently…

No Sleep Til . . . Reddit?

Christine Druga knows horror. It’s part of her job as the top moderator of No Sleep, a subreddit dedicated to realistic horror shorts. It is a place for anyone to read or write horror stories for free. And with nearly 11.7 million subscribers, it’s also a place for writers to get noticed. “You can go from a nobody to a somebody in the writing world pretty quickly on No Sleep,” says Druga. The readers, writers, and moderators of No Sleep see the subreddit as a great place to hone the…