150 Words About . . . MANDY (2018)

Yep, this one’s just as insane as you’ve heard . . . and what you’ve heard does it no justice. The perfect vehicle for a Nicholas Cage who doesn’t give a damn anymore, Mandy is the story of lumberjack Red Miller and his wife, the titular Mandy. In a classic case of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mandy is spotted by a hippie cult while she’s out taking a walk. The group’s leader decides he must have her. Cue the entrance of some demonic bikers who…

Women in Horror Month: Part 3

FOR PART THREE OF GALLOWS HILL’S CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH WE’RE FEATURING CHRISTA CARMEN, THE AMAZING AUTHOR OF SOMETHING BORROWED SOMETHING BLOOD-SOAKED  AND A NOD TO UNNERVING! Brian James Lewis Well, I don’t know about you all in reader land, but I missed the celebration of half-priced Valentine’s Day chocolate this year due to the fact that I was quarantined to my home by illness. Still not sure what the hell hit me, but it seems to be leaving and I am very grateful for that! Plus, I…

Fiction Friday: Celery

Celery Ashleigh Hatter She liked the crunch of things. Many things. Lots of different kinds of things. Of chips and uncooked rice. Of apples and tree bark. Of fingers and celery. Yes, she liked to chew, to snap, to crunch lots of things, but she loved her celery the most of all. Hooded, cozy, sniffing the cold, she stole into the world, shutting her door, licking her lips. Imagining, picturing a crunch. Her jaw seized, and it was usual. Very normal. Very typical. The doctor said so, and the doctor…

150 Words About . . . AMERICAN SATAN (2017)

I turned to my wife as soon as the closing credits rolled on this one (actually I waited until the song – “Me Against the Devil” — was over, because holy shit that’s the coolest tune I’ve heard in ages) and we agreed that American Satan was a terrible movie. And yet, we loved it! A metalhead’s version of the legend of Faust (the main character, played by the Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack, is even named Johnny Faust, in case viewers’ brains are too addled by sex, drugs, and…

Women in Horror, Pt. 2

HEY EVERYBODY! GALLOWS HILL IS CELEBRATING WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH THIS WEEK BY DIGGING UP SOME GREAT FEMALE POETS WHO WILL GIVE YOU GOOSEBUMPS! Brian James Lewis Last week we lauded some super women in horror who are authors, so this week it’s the poets’ turn to shine. Valentine’s Day, another February landmark is chronologically over, although I’m sure that many folks will enjoy it during the weekend. So we can’t celebrate half price chocolate just yet. But those of you sharpening your axes and lubricating chainsaws, continue on and…

Fiction Friday: The Milestone Day

THE MILESTONE DAY Gina Napoli I saved my wedding gown just for Raine, my only daughter. No one else could ever wear this dress but Raine. Bone-colored lace spilled out of the heirloom box, both faded with time. I had worn this same dress twenty years ago. I even put on this dress in this same dressing room in our church. My own wedding day was nothing more than a blur now. Most milestone days are like that. Tears punctuated my wedding day, just like they did today, like water…

150 Words About: MANIAC (2012)

I was one of the few who didn’t scoff when I heard Alexandra Aja (Haute Tension, Piranha 3D, the amazing 2006 version of The Hills Have Eyes) was producing a remake of William Lustig’s sleaze-classic Maniac.  I enjoyed the original, but was never a huge fan.  2013’s update, directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2, Amityville: The Awakening), proved to be one hell of a gruesome yet oddly beautiful film.  I knew lead Elijah Wood could be scary — his performance in Sin City is nightmare fuel — but in this one he’s sympathetic too (sure, his character…

A Celebration of Women in Horror (Pt 1)

LOOKING FOR SOME GREAT AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH? WELL HERE’S A FEW SUGGESTIONS FROM US AT GALLOWS HILL! Article by Brian James Lewis February is something special for fans of speculative fiction, dark poetry, weird tales, and horror. Is it a celebration of half-priced Valentine’s Day chocolate after the 14th? Well, sort of. But the really big deal is: WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH! This is a great time to recognize female writers, poets, and editors. Since there are so many and I’d like…

Fiction Friday: The Pleasures of the Borden Family Massacre

The Pleasures of the Borden Family Massacre Matt Athanasiou Lizzie Borden took an axe / And gave her mother forty whacks. / And when she saw what she had done / She gave her father forty-one. –Popular rhyme concerning the Borden family murders. The rhyme on the cover of the brochure suggests she saw what she had done, but did she foresee the bed and breakfast and museum her childhood house would become, a roadside attraction, a haunt of orbs in windows, a home for the neighbors’ ghosts as well?…

150 Words About: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (2012)

Berberian Sound Studio is a film that I can’t recommend to everyone.  Why?  Well, because it’s not really a horror film.  But it is about giallo films.  Toby Jones (The Mist, Kaleidoscope) plays Gilderoy, a sound designer who has been hired to fly to Italy to work on a movie called The Equestrian Vortex. While we never see said project ourselves (at least, no more than a few frames), we hear it.  And the things we hear make it very clear that our mild-mannered hero is helping to create what might be the most terrifying film ever…