Blood Red: Hooptober Se7en: Week One

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It’s usually a bit of a mixed bag the opening week of Hooptober, but I managed to front-load some films I was genuinely interested and the results paid off: only one clinker (to my mind) in the mix.  We have to get the header image from last week’s post out of the way, so things kick off with the headtrip that is Frank Henenlotter’s 80s classic Brain Damage before moving on two indie gems: the dread-inducing Lovecraftian plague of The Beach House and the the super-fun DIY sensation of Host.  One of my favorite action directors Timo Tjahjanto revels in his horror roots with the wickedly fun Raimi homage May The Devil Take You…and then there’s Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, which despite being directed by Joe Lynch and starring Henry Rollins falls with a thud for me.  Great axe-splitting opening, though…

So wipe yer damn feet and enter the opening week’s wares for Hooptober 2020.  If you break out in a rash or feel any itching just remember we warned you about the water.  Continue reading

Blood Red: Hoop-Tober Se7en is Back to Inject Your Mind With That Sweet Blue Juice

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Look, the world is horrific enough without me trying to ratchet this intro up a notch in an effort to psych you up for what is blood soaked return of the seventh – that’s right: SEVENTH – round of horror saturation that is Blood Red, back again and under the gun to review as many horror films as possible for you the discerning and macabre audience…  Continue reading

Blood Red, AUDIO EDITION: Episode 2 — “Verotika” (2019)

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We’re back, baby! A multitude of events in this increasingly dystopian world of ours forced us to sideline Blood Red for… [checks notes] …three months… but now, with less than a month until the return of the annual Hooptober horror film marathon, we return with a doozie of a discussion on a highly entertaining, not-quite “horror,” not-quite-“film.”

It’s Verotika. The thing we’re discussing is Verotika, Glenn Danzig’s 2019 directorial debut.

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Blood Red, AUDIO EDITION: Episode 1 – “Blood Quantum” (2019)

Is COVID still a thing? COVID must still be a thing, because we’re all bored out of our minds in quarantine. But that’s okay, because that boredom has brought us here: to the debut aural edition of the Blood Red column here on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

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Rainbows in the Dark: Superhorror — “Italians Die Better”

It’s really hard to put a finger on just what genre Superhorror fall under.  I’ll be honest up front, I’m not really sure that this one qualifies under the Rainbows banner, but hey, they bill themselves as a (mostly) punk band, so I feel okay letting it skate by.  We can debate genre, or whether or not genre has any meaning anymore, all day, but the fact remains that today we’re gonna talk about Italians Die Better, so hold on to your butts.  It’s Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal-adjacent (key word here). Continue reading