Film Twitter’s Favorite Horror Films (2018 Edition) – Cinematary Poll Hosted by Mike Thorn

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About midway through the summer, I was inspired by Nathan Smith’s “Shmight and Shmound” poll, conducted through Twitter and also published here on Cinematary. I briefly toyed with the idea of leading my own poll for horror films and ran the idea past Nathan. He was extremely supportive and offered some helpful advice that came in handy during the (shockingly intensive) aggregating process. When I put out the call on Twitter, I quickly heard back from a wide array of fans, writers, bloggers, podcasters, critics and creators.

Read the full introduction and see the final list.

New Review of Darkest Hours in Cellar Door Book Reviews

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“I found often drawn to certain sentences that Thorn crafted. They were clever and I liked his use of language. Some of my favorites included:

‘My scholastic cock outsizes everyone else’s’

‘Herbert asked the bartenders breasts’

‘Work like you want to work’

‘Everything else, the chaos that came between the cradle and the grave, was unpredictable’

It is clear from Thorn’s writing that he has spent some time in academia, as several of his stories star accomplished or struggling academic professors. It is obviously a familiar environment Thorn likes to capture. Whether the academic was a mouse mass murderer or an out-of-work biologist, Thorn highlights their struggles and peculiarities.”

Read the full review.

Eli Roth Replaces Trademark Irreverence with Quiet Reverence for The House with a Clock in Its Walls

“At first glance, it’s difficult to situate The House with a Clock in Its Walls within director Eli Roth’s filmography. Following a politically reckless triptych that studied the implications of mass socialization through online platforms (The Green Inferno [2013], Knock Knock [2015] and Death Wish [2018]), this tonally scattershot kiddie Gothic seems almost to surface from nowhere. In some sense, it’s worthwhile to view the film completely on its own terms; but when dislocated from the rest of Roth’s ouevre, it offers little foundation for serious critical engagement. The film is flatly and almost numbingly pleasant. It’s over-designed but not to the point of genuine exuberance; occasionally amusing but never that funny; periodically stirring but by no means truly creepy; and unlike every one of its filmmaker’s preceding films, it moves through its entire runtime without ever straying near the territory of bad taste.”

Read the full review in Vague Visages.

New Mike Thorn Story “Virus” on The NoSleep Podcast

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“The Time-Out Doll” by Hasani Walker

My new internet-themed horror story “Virus” is featured on the latest episode of The NoSleep Podcast. Performed by Jessica McEvoy, Nichole Goodnight and Mike DelGaudio.

Executive producer and host: David Cummings

Musical score composer: Brandon Boone

Audio adaptation producers: Phil Michalski, Jeff Clement and Jesse Cornett

Listen now.