Monster Munch: Serial Killers, Steamy Sexploitation And More!

Another week, another roundup of my genre related writing from around the web. True crime, bathhouse bawdiness and all of the terror trash my editors saw fit to print. As always, come chat with me in the comments or on Twitter.

Penmanship, Psychopaths & Pizza: The Bizarre True Story of 1971’s The Zodiac Killer– For psychotronic cinema zine Fiendish, a dispatch on the bizarre “to catch a killer” story of a grindhouse true crime flick whose real life creation is way more interesting than the slapdash fictions on screen. The entire mag is free to read or download right here.

Misanthropes Get Lonely Too: The Forgotten Queer Film From Horror’s Angriest Man As part of Dead Head Review‘s Pride In Horror coverage, I took a look back at Andy Milligan’s Vapors. This near forgotten, queer arthouse short is as close as we’ll ever get to a softer side from one of the premier manic madmen of exploitation cinema.

Inmate #1: The Rise Of Danny Trejo’ Is A Documentary That Needed To Put More Solitary Spotlight On Its Star Over at Wicked Horror, my thoughts on Inmate #1: The Rise Of Danny Trejo, the recently released documentary detailing character actor and confirmed badass Danny Trejo’s real life journey from hard time to beloved star of movies and television.

Monster Munch: Modern Vampires, Midnight Movies And More!

Another week, another roundup of my genre related writing from around the web. From bloody B-movie valentines to Blaxploitation vampires, its all of the terror thoughts my fine editors saw fit to print. As always, come chat with me in the comments or on Twitter.

Making A (Midnight Movie) Monster: A Bloody Valentine To B Movies A short, sweet little love letter to low budget cinema. If you’ve ever wondered why I spend so much time deep dumpster diving forgotten trash films, here’s the best explanation I’ve got.


Bloodlust And Blues Beyond Blacula: Ganja & Hess Underseen and conceptually ambitious, Ganja & Hess is a grindhouse gem with some sharp social commentary underneath its basic plot of undead lovers, which I examine here.

How Killer Klowns From Outer Space Became the Last Great Creature Feature Before the snarky self awareness of meta horror became the dominant mode, there was this delightful bit of big top horror from effects wizards the Chiodo brothers. A throwback to atomic age monster kid culture and vintage rubber suit romps, and likely the last great entry in that subgenre.

Monster Munch:African Action Flicks, Apocalypse Anticipation And More!

Crunch, crunch, munch, munch…..on all of the tasty bits and pieces of genre film goodness I’ve written for other sites around the web. The request line of recommendations is always open. Cult cinema converts can find me on Twitter or come chat in the comments below!

Welcome To Wakaliwood: The Ugandan Movie Studio Making the Best Microbudget Neo Grindhouse Madness You’ve Never Seen: An introduction to the tiny film studio run by Nabwana IGG, a self taught filmmaker who took his sub $200 budget action films from the slums of Uganda to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival. Breakneck paced, strangely soulful, and more fun than you can possibly imaging coming from cheap CGI, welcome to the gleeful madness of Wakaliwood.



[The Big Question] What’s Your Favorite Glimpse Into The Post Apocalypse?: It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I join the lovely folks of The Daily Grindhouse in discussing our favorite pop cultural harbingers of the end of days.



Blood Quantum Gets Its Bite From Social Commentary And Slick Visual Style [Review]: A First Nations focused point of view brings some much needed fresh air to the subgenre in this stylish Canadian gutmuncher. It’s a visually lush treat that takes zombies back to their socially conscious roots.

Monster Munch: Slasher Siblings, Cosmic Horror In China, And More!


It’s that time again….Monster Munch is all of the bits and pieces of horror news and reviews I’ve written for other sites around the web. Have a recommendation? Find my taste questionable? So do I! Find me on Twitter or in the comments, and tell me all about it below the fold.



Retro VHS Rewind: Alice, Sweet Alice: A look back at this 1976 cult classic tale of slashers and sibling rivalry, that has one of the creepiest masks in all of horror, and an appearance from a very young Brooke Shields.


Book Review: The Flock Of Ba-Hui And Other Stories
What happens when you take cosmic horror out of the hands of a chronically ill racist, and put it in the hands of genre writers from the burgeoning Chinese underground? As it turns out, a surprisingly fast paced collection of lovingly created pastiche.

The Wretched Lifts Itself Up With Retro Style And A Modern Monster [Review] Forest witches and teenage angst mix to make a freaky fable of a film that plays like a grown up version of a tale from Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. Come check out my review of this new release from IFC Midnight, then go stream it and see for yourself.

Monster Munch: High Femme Lesbian Vampires, Heavy Metal Horror And More!

Welcome back to Monster Munch, collecting my terrifying thoughts on horror subjects from other genre sites around the web. Check out this week’s roundup below, and come chat with me in the comments or on Twitter:



Necking In The Backseat: 5 Lesbian Vampire Films Of The Drive In Era
How Carmilla went from a literary precursor to Dracula, to a brief moment as the lady loving queen of the drive in. A list of some of the best, weirdest and wildest of the exploitation film adaptations she inspired.

Dollar Double Feature: The Gate & The Devil’s Candy
An examination of the heavy metal riffs in horror films, Satanic panic and all of the down and dirty rock and roll you can fit in a dual sided double feature.

Book Review: David Surface’s Terrible Things, Published By Black Shuck Books
It is vitally important to support and promote new horror as well as old. In that spirit, my review of David Surface’s new short story collection. It mixes literary fiction and genre conventions into an eerie, human scale cocktail.

Monster Munch:Daddy Issues On The Deuce, Deadly Desserts And More!

Time for another edition of Monster Munch, collecting my terrifying thoughts on horror subjects from the internet at large. Check out this week’s roundup below the fold:



Daddy Issues On The Deuce: Love Me Deadly And Toys Are Not For Children
Two of the weirdest, sleaziest shockers of the grindhouse era, with a pair of female protagonists whose hearts belong only to Daddy in all of the worst possible ways.

Retro VHS Rewind: The Stuff (1985)
Deadly desserts and sharp satire make a surprisingly tasty confection in this Larry Cohen cult classic tale of corporate espionage and murderous marshmallow fluff. Take a retrospective review look with me at one of my favorite films of the video era.

Traumafessions: G.G.G. On The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
A short and sweet trip down memory lane, and the movie that traumatized me into not revisiting it for almost two decades.