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…

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. …

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…

Book Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Book Review: My Best Friend’s Exorcism Horror is a genre that is meant to be experienced. And for the most part, traditional publishers have been slow to adapt to the changes the horror genre has seen. But not all traditional publishers fall victim to playing it safe. Quirk Books has been leading the charge on the new wave of horror books. Their best-known title is 2011’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. which featured a story built around a collection of strange old photographs. In their latest blockbuster, Quirk has…