Is ‘Ring Ring’ Worth Picking Up? – 31 Spooks of October

Ring Ring is a 2019 Indie film that is sure to make you feel… meh. For a film on a decently cheap budget you are sort of impressed by the film’s bolstering of a 6.9/10 on IMDb; of course until you realize most of the accounts are only a couple months old, have only reviewed […]

Spooky Stories About Spooky Women

Rappaccini’s Daughter https://tenor.com/view/stinky-bad-breath-breath-spoon-spongebob-squarepants-gif-4550340 Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Rappaccini’s.” The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural, edited by Martin H Greenberg, Arbor House Pub Co, 1981, pp. 32–61. Synopsis: Rappaccini’s Daughter centers around one man’s pursuit for Faustian knowledge and the devastation it causes. Giovanni begins to study medicine in Padua when he discovers a doctor who […]

Kakurenbo

For today’s entry I watched Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek, the cel-shaded animated short featuring children running around some dystopian future city playing a mysterious and potentially deadly game. Released in 2005, the film directed by Shuhei Morita premiered at the Tokyo International Anime Fair and later played Halloween night on adult swim. The 25-minute short […]

Ready Up For A Bit of the Ultra ‘Violence Voyager’

Have you ever laid your eyes on something so strange and repulsive that it makes your skin crawl a bit? For me that was my initial reaction to when I first gazed upon this “thing” from Ujicha’s Violence Voyager. This odd-looking fetus Golem with some boom box shaped head and the eyes of a salted […]

Spooky Tales of Supernatural Horrors

Drifting Snow Derleth, August. “Drifting Snow.” The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, by Alan Ryan, Penguin, 1989, pp. 311-321. Synopsis: Derleth’s The Drifting Snow shows a haunting ordeal of being faced with the unknown and trying to remain ignorant of it. Derleth opens with Aunt Mary scolding Clodetta that the window is to remain undrawn. Her […]

The Spookiest Name is Emily

What comes to mind when you think of a name that feels “spooky”. You might think of cacophonous sounds or blunt like Lucifer or Vlad or Billy. However, in my reading of multiple horror anthologies I came across something serendipitous. 2 tales, both with a titular character named Emily… a name that doesn’t sound that […]

What is the Best Episode of ‘Creeped Out’ Season 2?

Last year I covered the BBC/Netflix horror series Creeped Out, and it was fun but in my earnest opinion nothing special. It had potential but didn’t seem to have much of an identity of whether it wanted to be creepy, or moralistic, or modern so I figured I would never talk about it again. When […]

The Mind is a Spooky Place

Jackson, Shirley. “The Beautiful Stranger” Dark Descent, by David G. Hartwell, Grafton Books, 1992, pp. 874-879. Synopsis: When Margaret life is intruded upon by a “beautiful stranger” posing as her husband does she discover how unfortunate her life used to be and still is. John’s wife Margaret and children, Smalljohn and infant daughter wait at the […]

The Fantastic Works of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe

I’m sure everyone has heard of Poe’s work before, but today we are going to be going over some you may or may not be familiar with. Instead of: The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, or The Cask of Amontillado here’s some of Poe’s others work so you can spend this […]

Return to the Carnival of Souls [31 Spooks of October]

I considered this lost media… but here we are. I made a video a while ago on the cult classic, public domain, spooky horror flick Carnivals of Souls. I had fun making it but ended up finding it a conceptually large review, and didn’t enjoy it enough to edit the planned multiple videos for it…. […]

I’m FABLE FOX and I Want to GREET YOU

Ding. Ding. Ding. Hello there, I hope we are all doing rather swell. My apologies for a rather premature introduction, but who doesn’t like a DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE every now and then. -tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff! See the question of who is tough to answer you see. To me FABLE FOX is FABLE FOX but to thee, I am […]

The Search for El Sueño Fauno

FADE IN: INT. KON BROADCAST STATION – NIGHT On top of the door resides a black brick completely lost in shadow. A mechanical click sounds and the brick is illuminated into a crimson red glow reading “On-Air”. The sign gives an electrical hiss that rivals the irritating frequency of a cicada. WYATT WENT, an eccentric […]

Final Exam (1981) Review

Is 80’s slashers the theme of the summer, my attempt to cash in on the nostalgia more shameless than New Coke… maybe not after this one. Final Exam is a neutered slasher that can be described in one word… BORING! Spend time with this cast of characters more notable by the unfunny nicknames I give […]

No Sleep After Watching ‘Sleepaway Camp’ (Review)

Dear Mom and Dad, I know this seems to go against my claims that we will no longer be on speaking terms if you sent me here, but I am only writing this because one of the counselors chewed me out over it. I’m glad something got chewed around here because the food surely isn’t. […]

Conventional Wisdom(shortcut ep. 3)

Hello everyone, welcome back to my short film series shortcut where we look at short films usually through a specific lens to hopefully think of these various elements of film to gain some perspective and grow as media creators and critics ourselves. The common factor between today’s bunch is genre conventions. Conventions are common traits, […]

I Don’t Understand All the Fuss About ‘Us’

Jordan Peele’s Doppelganger thriller has already proven itself both a commercial and critical success and in instances like this I would let the massive wave of other critics sing the same praises I had and consider my own input unnecessary. However, if I had to describe Us in one word it would be a toss […]

Geeks, Freaks, and Automobiles! Carnival of Souls Review

https://youtu.be/7goumTeBABw Carnival of Souls is best summarized as weird, cheap, but not lacking passion… I only hope I did it justice. I’d be lying if I said I was 100% glad how this review turned out, apologizes for lackluster efforts in terms of sound mixing and making the video entertaining but I think it certainly […]

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ What Exactly Am I Looking At?

“I can’t save you”- Hoboman After watching a film as dense and awkwardly presented as Velvet Buzzsaw one might hope that a self-proclaimed critic such as myself can clarify the film in some regards or possibly legitimize your feelings of disdain or satisfaction. However, in this case I have to refrain and admit to you […]

Now This is Scary?

When I think of a truly terrifying movie watching experience, I think of The Babyface Murders. While other films have gratuitous jump scares, unsettling imagery, and frightful atmospheric tension…. well all of that is Teletubbies compared to The Babyface Murders. What makes this movie so scary you may ask? Quite Frankly, I did not know […]

Is ‘Hereditary’ Oscar Worthy?

A little late but I’ve finally gotten around to watching the most compelling horror film of 2018, Hereditary. Hereditary is held together by strong performances from Toni Collette and first time feature director Ari Aster shows an impressive willingness to explore his medium and craft as a filmmaker. So with a seemingly weaker year in […]

I’m Scared of What Will Happen Next – Short Story (part 2)

Preface: First off thank you to anyone who liked or decided to read the first part which if you haven’t would highly encourage you to start at the beginning. Very grateful of the really good reception to me deviating from the normal content. Can’t believe that went up in August…. oh my I really hope […]

What is “Don’t Watch This”? ( Netflix Review)

In the spirit of Halloween I decided to check out the Netflix “series” titled Don’t Watch This and every review I’ve seen of it makes the same joke how the title really represents the show well. To me, Don’t Watch This is quite possibly the most bafflingly incompetent show I’ve ever seen. So Don’t Watch […]

Horror – 31 SPOOKS of October

Thanks to Mike for letting me take this one, I guess I got to be funny to get that laugh energy. So… What’s the deal with the title of this short? I mean could you be any lazier, hope you didn’t stare at “untitled horror project” for too long before this eureka moment. I think […]

Waiting – 31 SPOOKS of October

Today’s new addition to the spook library brings us all the way to Ireland to appreciate the work of Emlyn Boyle. Waiting is the follow up to Boyle’s YouTube hit short animation One Winter’s Night and played at the 2013 Belfast Film Festival. Boyle is an experimental artist that dabbles in multiple mediums, but I’d […]

Little Quentin – 31 SPOOKS of October

Good animation takes a village, this animation is incredible so congrats to all these hardworking people who dedicated their time on working on it. Little Quentin, animated short film has been directed by Albert ‘t Hooft & Paco Vink. Art Direction: Paco Vink. Animators: Paco Vink, David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt, Yi ‘Shadow Master’ Zhao […]

Every Episode of ‘Creeped Out’ Ranked

To get into the halloween spirit I needed to watch some spooky programing and saw Netflix promoting the BBC horror anthology series Creeped Out.  Are any of the episodes worth checking out and if so which ones here’s my personal rank of each episode so if you want to check this fun, spooky series you know […]

Amy – 31 SPOOKS of October

I’m honestly just glad that Karlijin Scholten is alive at this point… well at least I think she is? While I know these are short, I’d like to think I do a respectable amount of research on the people and history behind these hidden gems and looking up Karlijin Scholten made me nervous. At least […]

Who’s Hungry? – 31 SPOOKS of October

* May Contain scenes of violence not suitable for all audiences. Viewer Discretion is Advised * I scream, you scream who wouldn’t scream for some ice cream? Especially when the ice cream man may not be such a jovial fella. As simplistic as Who’s Hungry is there’s something about the sketchbook shading, choppy frame rate, […]