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Haleigh Foutch and Perri Nemiroff Talk ‘Breaking Surface’

When you’re asked to premiere a special video episode for a film festival, you pull out all the stops. So this week on the Certified Forgotten podcast, you’re not only being treated to a conversation about Joachim Hedén’s Breaking Surface – one of the more underrated thrillers of 2020 – you’re also getting to watch the entire episode unfold as […]

Abaddon Hotel Hell House LLC
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How ‘Hell House LLC’ Gives Life to the Abaddon Hotel

In found footage horror films, homes and hotels are often seen as places that must be cleansed. People with video cameras storm into confined spaces – the Abaddon Hotel, the Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital – looking for explanations and solutions for demonic entities seen as parasitic monsters. The first-person perspective of found footage places the cameraperson in the position of “the […]

My Best Friend Is a Vampire Robert Sean Leonard
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‘My Best Friend Is a Vampire’ and ’80s Queer Horror

When My Best Friend is a Vampire first came out in 1987, it was just one of many teen monster movies that made up a very specific genre of horror comedies. It opened in less than 200 theaters across America, grossed just under $175k, and was promptly forgotten by audiences, even as films like Fright Night and Once Bitten developed […]

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Reading the Female Body in ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe’

Against a black backdrop, wind howls. Leaves rustle. Twigs rattle and snap. Welcome to André Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe. A vacuous suck on the background score drains the film’s title card, giving way to a blurred shot which itself needs to be rotated right side up for the image to come into focus. A tree. A house. A […]

James Duval The Doom Generation
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How Gregg Araki’s ‘The Doom Generation’ Steered My Queer Identity and Filmmaking

Upon its release in 1995, Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation was lambasted by critics. It received a D grade from Entertainment Weekly, while Roger Ebert infamously gave the film a zero-star rating. Since then, it has become a cult classic, championed for its surreal production design, iconic costumes, and killer soundtrack. The Doom Generation influenced my burgeoning queer identity when […]

James Duval Gregg Araki Nowhere
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The Alien Horror of Gregg Araki’s ‘Nowhere’

In 1997, Gregg Araki’s Nowhere unleashed a loud contemporary soundtrack and rowdy teenage behavior on unsuspecting video stores across the country. Its minimalistic cover didn’t tell you much about the film; in fact, one might think it just another Soderbergh-esque indie about taboo subjects. Instead, the film is a hybrid genre weirdo, a mix of Angel (1984) and Fire in […]

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Jonathan Barkan on ‘Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse’

When you think of the prototypical Certified Forgotten film, you probably don’t think of a movie like Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse. The big-budget sequel to an international success, Angels of the Apocalypse featured a stellar cast, a high-profile screenwriter, and Jean Reno, an actor almost as popular in the United States as he is in his native […]

Abaddon Hotel Hell House LLC
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How ‘Hell House LLC’ Gives Life to the Abaddon Hotel

In found footage horror films, homes and hotels are often seen as places that must be cleansed. People with video cameras storm into confined spaces – the Abaddon Hotel, the Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital – looking for explanations and solutions for demonic entities seen as parasitic monsters. The first-person perspective of found footage places the cameraperson in the position of “the […]

James Duval The Doom Generation
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How Gregg Araki’s ‘The Doom Generation’ Steered My Queer Identity and Filmmaking

Upon its release in 1995, Gregg Araki’s The Doom Generation was lambasted by critics. It received a D grade from Entertainment Weekly, while Roger Ebert infamously gave the film a zero-star rating. Since then, it has become a cult classic, championed for its surreal production design, iconic costumes, and killer soundtrack. The Doom Generation influenced my burgeoning queer identity when […]

James Duval Gregg Araki Nowhere
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The Alien Horror of Gregg Araki’s ‘Nowhere’

In 1997, Gregg Araki’s Nowhere unleashed a loud contemporary soundtrack and rowdy teenage behavior on unsuspecting video stores across the country. Its minimalistic cover didn’t tell you much about the film; in fact, one might think it just another Soderbergh-esque indie about taboo subjects. Instead, the film is a hybrid genre weirdo, a mix of Angel (1984) and Fire in […]

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Video Essay: The Art Of The Female Cannibal Movie

One of horror’s most taboo subgenres is cannibalism. It was a subgenre for the exploitive, often taking cultural traditions and grotesquely displaying them on screen, fueling xenophobia. But with the incredible success of The Silence Of The Lambs, cannibalism seemed to morph into something else in film.  It became less of an exploitive subgenre and more of a tool for high brow […]

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Finding Strength in Illness With ‘The Silenced’

Here’s to the endless streaming menu scroll. Some nights, I choose to forgo critical consensus, or even word-of-mouth, and instead opt to enter the wild west of thumbnail images and two-sentence summaries in the “horror” category. Sometimes I stumble upon unexpected scares. More often, I find total duds. And sometimes, if I’m really lucky, I uncover something like The Silenced […]

Dark Ride Craig Singer
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How ‘Dark Ride’ Helped the Slasher Survive

Recent releases like Happy Death Day, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and Hell Fest have prompted the horror faithful to wonder if we’re due for another slasher resurgence. Given how resilient the subgenre has been over the years, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Long synonymous with unkillable madmen and plucky final girls—and the occasional final boy—slashers consistently take their licks […]

Leonid Kuravlyov Viy 1967 Mosfilm
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Three Nights of Death: Folk Horror in Mosfilm’s ‘Viy’

The popularity of The Babadook, The VVitch, and Midsommar in the past five years tells us that folk horror films still interest both creators and consumers. I say still because this horror subgenre dates back to the industry’s dawn with The Phantom Carriage and Nosferatu. It has cropped up in every decade since then, and horror fans recognize the previous examples […]

Sophia Lillis Emily Perkins Beverly Marsh Stephen King It
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The Enduring Power of Beverly Marsh in ‘It’

In a genre typically considered “for the guys,” it’s time to give a nod to the ladies. Uterus Horror is a subgenre of horror films that focuses on the uniquely female experience of puberty and the act of coming into their sexuality, using horror elements to emphasize and/or act as a metaphor for that experience. These films are often ignored in theaters, […]

The Final Girls Stage 6 Films
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‘The Final Girls’ Finds Acceptance in Slashers

Summer camp slashers are a staple of the horror genre. From Friday the 13th to Sleepaway Camp to The Burning, choosing this adult-free setting for your bloodbath is so ubiquitous that it’s become almost too predictable. What if you introduced elements—emotional stakes, character growth, heart—that are often sorely missing from the hack-and-slash classics of the 1980s? Well, you’d end up […]

Amityville It's About Time
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In Defense of the ‘Amityville Horror’ Sequels

Once upon a time there was a house at 112 Ocean Avenue, in Amityville, New York. The house looked evil—those front windows looked almost like eyes—and sure enough, evil things happened there. Horrific things, murderous things, threatened that most beloved of Western institutions: the nuclear family. People wrote books about that house, and about the demonic patriarchs of the families […]