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Test Pattern

Jul 19, 2017

We examine censorship in horror with a detailed look at the Hays Code, the demise of horror comics, and the video nasties era!

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The Hays Code

"The History of Hollywood Censorship and the the Ratings System" - Filmmaker IQ

Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema...

Jul 12, 2017

We look to the skies with Night of the Comet (1984) and Maximum Overdrive (1986)!

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Night of the Comet (1984)

"In honor of Night of the Comet, a Cult Time Capsule of 80s America" by Sherilyn Connelly, from The Village Voice

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

"How Did This Get Made? Maximum Overdrive (An...

Jul 5, 2017

We celebrate the 4th of July the Test Pattern way with two wildly different movies set on 4th of July weekend - Jaws & Return of the Living Dead!

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Jaws (1975)

"Jaws (1975)" by Rob Nixon, TCM

"Why Jaws is Essential" By Rob Nixon, TCM


Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Director's Commentary,...

Jun 28, 2017

We prepare for the end of the world with John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy, featuring The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and In the Mouth of Madness!


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The Thing (1982)

The Thing: Terror Takes Shape, Making of documentary

"Quentin Tarantino Reveals Hateful Eight Score Uses Unused Music by...

Jun 21, 2017

We play catchup and read all of your fantastic answers for Japanese horror, drugs in horror movies, and non-supernatural horror!