Category Archives: Horrific movies

In the Mouth of Madness: “Reality is not what it used to be” (part 1)

Today we discuss In the Mouth of Madness, John Carpenter’s final entry in his so-called apocalypse trilogy. It’s also my favorite of the three films. It has layers of complexity that allow for multiple viewings. As a result, I decided … Continue reading

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John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness: “Logic collapses on the sub-atomic level”

Today we discuss the second installment of John Carpenter’s “apocalypse trilogy,” Prince Of Darkness, perhaps one of Carpenter’s most misunderstood and criminally underrated films. It’s also daring by virtue of using concepts of quantum physics as the glue combining Christianity … Continue reading

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John Carpenter’s The Thing: Identity Crises

I have so much love for the films that comprise John Carpenter’s so-called apocalypse trilogy, but I am in the minority for loving In the Mouth of Madness the most of the three. In fact, I would posit that the entries … Continue reading

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New Cover Art

Lovin’ our new cover art!  What do you think?

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Weirding the Apocalypse Part 2: Pontypool

Based on the Tony Burgess novel Pontypool Changes Everything, the film Pontypool is a strange take on the zombie apocalypse narrative. Instead of a conventional contagion, the cause of the outbreak is a virus of language itself, with the English language … Continue reading

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Weirding the Apocalypse Part 1: Carnosaur (1993)

Scoring only 3.5 out of 10 stars on IMDb and 11% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, the 1993 Jurassic Park knock-off Carnosaur (directed by Adam Simon and produced by Roger Corman) doesn’t get a lot of love. Technically, it isn’t a knock-off, as … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from My Horrific Life

While most people associate the New Year with new beginnings and seek to fully embrace life’s possibilities, we here at My Horrific Life are celebrating the eventual end of the human race, which may come sooner than we think. We … Continue reading

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A Carol for Another Christmas, Rod Serling’s forgotten film

I confess…I haven’t been in much of a holiday spirit. And with a proliferation of reviews for popular Christmas movies such as Krampus, I didn’t feel compelled to add my own reviews to the mix. That said, I’m a sucker … Continue reading

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Boris Karloff Month Finale: Targets

For this last day of November, it seems fitting to wrap up Boris Karloff Month by discussing Karloff’s last great film, Targets (1968), directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Targets follows the story of two very different characters whose lives intersect by chance. … Continue reading

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Boris Karloff month: The Black Room and The Walking Dead

Today, I want to briefly discuss two Boris Karloff films that I adore, but do not get much attention. Be advised, there are spoilers for both films ahead. The Black Room (1935), is in some respects average and predictable, but … Continue reading

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Horrific Homemaking: Classic Horror Film Coasters

While at Horrorhound Indianapolis 2016, I met the guys from Tarr and Fether’s Psycho Cinema, and notice their series of cool 4-piece coaster sets based on classic movie posters. As you can see, I went with the set that reflected … Continue reading

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Introducing the Justin Beahm Radio Hour

In case you haven’t caught it, my dear friend Justin Beahm started his own podcast earlier this year, The Justin Beahm Radio Hour. You may already know Justin through his work as a writer with Fangoria and many other horror … Continue reading

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Black Friday Special: Discounted Karloff Movies

No, we aren’t actually selling any Karloff movies today. Rather, we are recognizing that Boris Karloff, like all great actors, starred in a number of films either not worthy of his talents, or films that were quite good but overlooked … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Boris Karloff, a beautiful soul

Today is Boris Karloff’s birthday, so it seems fitting to dedicate this post to his life, and to extend happy birthday wishes to his daughter Sara Jane Karloff who shares his November 23rd birthday. I confess that I knew very … Continue reading

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Horrific Homemaking: Things to Make and Do With Boris Karloff

Today we are doing our fist edition of Horrific Homemaking, wherein we will cover anything related to home decor, cooking, and arts and crafts. In honor of Boris Karloff’s birth month, I’m kicking this off with Things to Make and … Continue reading

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Review: House of Psychotic Women

As this blog grows, I’ve decided to designate at least one day a month as Scary Scholarly Saturday…or something like that…perhaps a catchier name will come to mind. Speaking of disturbed minds, this month’s featured academic book is House of Psychotic … Continue reading

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The Purge Trilogy: films we deserve this election season

  This election season has been the most grueling and absurd of my lifetime. Since I voted early, the only thing left to do today is hole up at home, set my home security system, have a Purge marathon, and … Continue reading

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The Racist Escapism of Fu Manchu

While visiting the post office this week, I had an interesting conversation with the clerk, who also spent her weekend watching 1930s horror films. We both noted that pre-Code films have a lot in common with post-9/11 “torture porn” films. … Continue reading

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Politics of Insanity in “Bedlam”

Boris Karloff month continues with our second film review:Bedlam (1946), a film with some historical basis. “Bedlam” was the nickname for St. Bethlehem Memorial Hospital, England’s oldest mental hospital. Bedlam was known for its barbaric treatment of patients and for raising … Continue reading

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November is Boris Karloff Month; Review of The Mummy

To kick off our celebration of Boris Karloff’s birth month, I want to first direct our readers to the only Official Boris Karloff Web Site, which is maintained by his descendants. This site has fascinating interviews, articles, and a gift … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween from My Horrific Life

We want to wish all of our friends and readers a safe and happy Halloween. Our favorite holiday may be drawing to a close, but we will keep it alive all year with coverage of all things dark and horrific. … Continue reading

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Coming soon: The My Horrific Life Podcast!

I have some exciting news. For the last two years, My Horrific Life has served as my personal blog and hub for posting news about my upcoming publications. But as of November, my friend Dr. Todd Fleischer and I will … Continue reading

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The Shining gets a limited theatrical re-release

Turner Classic Movies is bringing a variety of classic films back to the big screen for a limited time. On October 23, they presented The Shining, which is essential viewing for any horror fan, and definitely a treat on the … Continue reading

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Review: The Halloween Tarot

As the first of a series of Tarot and oracle card reviews, it seemed appropriate to kick things off with The Halloween Tarot, a Rider-Waite-inspired deck with a holiday twist. Aside from renaming the suits–Imps (Wands), Bats (Swords), Ghosts (Cups), … Continue reading

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The Dead Zone is getting an audiobook release, and the original timing was sick

No blog about horror in daily life would be complete without at least one discussion of politics, and that’s especially true this election cycle. Not only do both candidates have historically low scores of trustworthiness, the lunatic fringes of society … Continue reading

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Podcast appearance: KitchenShrinks

I am pleased to announce that I’ve recently completed my first podcast appearance as a guest on KitchenShrinks. In this episode, “Women in Horror,” Dr. Todd Fleischer, Dr. Jerry Bockoven, and I discuss the portrayal of women in horror films … Continue reading

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Review: The Green Inferno

  Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno finally got a theatrical release today. As a fan of Roth’s earlier films Cabin Fever and Hostel, I felt he was long overdue to direct another feature film. As in Hostel, Roth once again … Continue reading

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Featured Artist: Rob Whitus of Drink With the Living Dead

  One wonderful thing about horror conventions–aside from meeting my favorite filmmakers–is the opportunity to form friendships with many other excellent people. One such person is Robert Whitus, sole proprietor of Drink With the Living Dead. I met Rob when … Continue reading

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Beer Review: Djinn’s Hellabrew

The Djinn’s Hellabrew is a unique beer developed by film actor Andrew Divoff, and named for his malevolent character in the first two Wishmaster movies.     I first met Andrew at a charity event last year. What an all-around … Continue reading

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Horror movie devotional candles

I’ve neglected this blog for far too long, but am back to post some updates about film, horror conventions, and various artists. To kick off the fun, an artist/filmmaker named Jason Toth has brilliantly combined my love of horror movies … Continue reading

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A touch of SILK

One highlight of 2014 was volunteering at Scream in the Dark film festival, where I first met my good friend Justin Beahm and watched his performance in Rob Himebaugh’s short film SILK. Audience reactions were priceless, by virtue of the … Continue reading

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American Guinea Pig is exactly what you expect, and quite a bit more

This Valentine’s Day, it’s only appropriate that I spend some time reflecting on the latest entry of a series that holds a special place in my heart. None other than the Guinea Pig series, of course. The first entries, The … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Come Back to Me (2014)

Paul Leyden’s film Come Back to Me is perhaps one of the most underrated films of 2014. Based on a book by Wrath James White, the film presents a refreshing twist on standard serial killer tropes. The key concept, which Wrath’s novel … Continue reading

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