Since Episode 31 of the Nine Circles Audio Thing is for October’s Album of the Month, it’s fitting we’re chatting about Exhumed and their latest deathgrind masterpiece Horror. I mean, what better month to wax on blood, guts, death metal, and all those sorts of dark things! Plus, we had an almost full house which offered tons of viewpoints and tons of great discussion about this album and so much more.
And we have come to the end, an end so momentous they let me post it during the week and not on a Sunday…nothing to do with the fact I was late, I assure you. Anyway, the end brought a lot of great stuff…really the perfect way to end this kind of thing. Things like the surprisingly great latest from Rob Zombie, 3 From Hell. And one of the best films I should have seen when it was released, the rape/revenge male skewering thriller Revenge. And the bizarre and gorgeous and slightly bonkers The Wailing. Not to mention the solid Argento giallo Four Flies on Grey Velvet and the ultimate Karloff redemption after the dismal The Invisible Ray with the Val Lewton-produced Bedlam.
Oh, there was also the requisite Hooper film, but I got to cheat a bit so behold the Hooper/Carpenter collaboration Body Bags!
All that and I still have, in the next few days, films like Midsommar, Brightburn, and the newest iteration of Creepshow ready to go. Enough talk – this year was a blast but it’s time to dive in! Continue reading
Welcome to a special s p o o k y Saturday edition of the Nine Circles Playlist. To celebrate the fact that Halloween is right around the corner, we decided to include not only the songs we’ve been jamming this week, but also some of the staff’s favorite horror movie clips. If you’ve ever wanted to get even further into the minds of the people who write for this site, that you’ve come to know and love (hopefully), then today’s your lucky day. Or who knows, maybe you just want something that’ll scare you senseless first thing in the morning. It be like that sometimes.
Thrills, chills, and a whole lot of riffs await you below.
Only a few more to go until we reach our final victim. Films 21-25 had a lot to offer, from the technicolor soaked Blood and Black Lace from the grandfather of giallo Mario Bava to creepy and visually striking King/Hill adaptation of In the Tall Grass from the “we need to see much more from” Vincenzo Natali. Godzilla makes an appearance checking off the “giant lizard” requirement in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and If you thought Mr. Potter was mean in It’s a Wonderful Life wait until you see him mentally command miniature assassins in The Devil-Doll. Of course, the week wouldn’t be complete without a clunker, so thank you The Invisible Ray for keeping that particular record alive and well.
Enough chit-chat. Steer clear of the radiation and let’s jump in. Continue reading
It maybe nothing more than a glint in the distance, but the end of Hooptober 6(66) is in site. And maybe it’s the chill in the air, but I’m starting to find more and more to like, whether it’s the art-heavy exploration of black identity and horror in Ganja & Hess, the finger pointing at capitalism and consumer culture in The Stuff, and even in the vampirism = art of Bliss. Those films coupled with some of the most terrifying moments I’ve witnessed in a horror film and Cujo and what so far is my film of the year for 2019, One Cut of the Dead make for some fun watching this killer season.
So enough talk. Check your pup for foamy lips and let’s get into this week’s films. Continue reading