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9/13/17: Go to The Bedlam Files from now on. Fright Site material will only be maintained until it has been fully transfered to the new location. Email me if you have questions. Thanks for switching over.

New Reviews:
MAD MAX BY TERRY KAYE: It’s been said that George Miller, the co-writer and director of MAD MAX, was so impressed with this novelization of the film that he hired its writer Terry Hayes (credited as “Terry Kaye”) to co-script MAD MAX 2/THE ROAD WARRIOR.
BRANCHES BY MITCH CULLIN: Mitch Cullin is perhaps best known for providing the source novel for Terry Gilliam’s Southern-fried “PSYCHO-meets-DAYS OF HEAVEN” reverie TIDELAND (2005), and this earlier Cullin text is just as twisted.
ROUGH BEAST BY GARY GOSHGARIAN: Here’s an ambitious horror novel that appeared in the mid-1990s, after the horror boom of the 1970s and 80s had been officially put to rest.
TOBE HOOPER'S SALEM'S LOT: STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM EDITED BY TONY EARNSHAW: Another entry in Centipede Press’ “Studies in the Horror Film” series, this one a book-length study of Tobe Hooper's Stephen King adapted miniseries SALEM'S LOT.
SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION: Many Tobe Hooper fanatics proclaimed it a great movie, but the best I can say for SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION is that it’s better than subsequent Hooper efforts like THE MANGLER, CROCODILE and THE TOOLBOX MURDERS--which really isn’t saying much at all!
THE MANGLER: In light of the untimely August 26, 2017 death of director Tobe Hooper, here’s a look back at one of his late period films.

New Commentary:
THOUGHTS ON TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN: By now TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, the Showtime shepherded, David Lynch directed follow-up to 1990-91’s TWIN PEAKS, has been analyzed from every conceivable standpoint.
TOBE HOOPER: 1943-2017: Here we bid farewell to the brilliant, and frustratingly erratic, Tobe Hooper.

Some Past Reviews:
TIDELAND: If you ask me, this Terry Gilliam reverie is exactly what we need right now: a demanding yet enchanting, freaky as hell surreal-fest that promises to shock, bewilder and ultimately delight--though just as likely annoy--potential viewers.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: Tobe Hooper's masterpiece, and one of the cornerstones of modern horror cinena.
EL TOPO: The seminal midnight movie, a mystically-oriented dream-western that still holds up.
WOHI BHAYANAK RAAT: Bollywood horror silliness--nothing more need be said!

Some Past Commentary:
SEXUALITY AND RELIGIOSITY AND VIOLENCE AND WAR AND LOVE AND EVERYTHING: THE CINEMA OF FERNANDO ARRABAL:  Just what the title says: an overview (the first to appear in English, FYI) of the films directed by Spain's demented Fernando Arrabal.
MORE ON HOLY INDIES:  My thoughts on the evengelical cinema, or "Holy Indies," phenomenon.