A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain

by Ian Sputnik

Kenneth W. Cain is the author of four novels, four short story collections, four novellas, and several children’s books among his body of work. He is the editor for Crystal Lake Publishing’s Tales From The Lake Volume 5 and When the Clock Strikes 13. The winner of the 2017 Silver Hammer Award, Cain is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, as well as a volunteer for the membership committee and chair of the Pennsylvania chapter. Cain resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. Continue reading “A Moment With: Kenneth W. Cain”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 31

by Fallon Morey

Halloween (1978)
Directed by John Carpenter
Columbia Pictures Corporation

And now for the final day, Halloween! What better way to celebrate the spookiest of days—and the conclusion to Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween—than to jump in our time machines and go way back. Our pilot is director John Carpenter, who brings us back forty years to 1978 to the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the setting of his iconic movie which arguably helped spawn the entire sub-genre of slasher films. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 31”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 30

by Caitlin Marceau

Death Becomes Her (1992)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Universal Pictures

Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) has spent the better part of her life being tormented by her “best friend” Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep), but it’s only when Madeline steals her fiancé Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis) that she crosses a line there’s no coming back from. This ultimate betrayal leads Helen to insanity and—after spending some time in a psychiatric hospital—revenge. Taking a potion that preserves her youth and gives her unearthly beauty, Helen is determined to break up Madeline and Ernest’s unhappy marriage. But it doesn’t take Madeline long to discover what Helen has done, forcing her to take the serum too, and soon both women are stuck in an eternal battle as frenemies. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 30”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 29

by Caitlin Marceau 

Evil Dead (2013)
Directed by Fede Alvarez
TriStar Pictures

When a group of friends arrive at an isolated cabin to help one of their own overcome her addiction to heroin, they quickly find themselves facing evils beyond their wildest imagination. They accidentally summon the Taker of Souls by reading a passage from the Naturom Demonto, and soon the demon—trapped in addict Mia’s (Jane Levy) body—is trying to murder everyone in order to raise the Abomination. The film ends in a climactic sequence, in which in the demon in Mia is exorcised, all her friends and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) are murdered, and her fight against the ultimate evil culminates in her ripping off her arm and slaying the Abomination with a chainsaw as blood rains from the sky. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 29”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 28

by Ian Sputnik

28 Days Later (2002)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Twentieth Century Fox

28 Days Later leapt upon our screens in 2002. A group of animal activists raid a facility in order to release primates that are being experimented on. The scientists’ aim is to find out what causes anger in humans. They have managed to synthetize a virus which causes this intense emotion within us; and by injecting the primates with this, they hope to study and understand it better. Their end game is to find a cure, and thus stop conflict and war throughout the world. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 28”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 26

by Ian Sputnik

The Texas chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Bryanston Distributing

From the opening scene of exhumed, putrefied human corpses, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre exudes an uncomfortable feeling and a promise of what’s to come. The story centres around a group of young friends on a road trip. They encounter a family of inbred, cannibalistic psychopaths, and soon find themselves in a waking nightmare. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 26”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 25

by Caitlin Marceau 

The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Directed by Drew Goddard

If you’re ever browsing Netflix and can’t decide if you want to watch a comedy, a horror, or a commentary on modern genre cinema, then put on Drew Goddard’s The Cabin In The Woods. The film is a clear commentary on modern horror, but is a scary, creative, visionary work of horror in its own right. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 25”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 24

by Caitlin Marceau 

A Quiet Place (2018)
Directed by John Krasinski
Paramount Pictures

One of the best things about going to the movies is the buttery, fresh, hot from the popper popcorn, but if you caught this year’s A Quiet Place in theatres then chances are you didn’t eat anything for the film’s 90-minute runtime. That’s because the movie was so silent, so minimalist in its sound design, and so scare with music that the idea of crunching anything during its screening would have been sacrilegious. Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 24”

Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 23

by Fallon Morey

Identity (2003)
Directed by James Mangold
Columbia Pictures Corporation

Identity is not technically a horror movie. Wikipedia and IMDB both classify it as a thriller, and while that’s true, it does have all of the ingredients of a good horror movie. There are jump scares, mystery, foreboding settings, a steadily growing body count, and a crazy killer on the loose. What more could you ask for in a Halloween-season movie? Continue reading “Sanitarium’s 31 Pics Of Halloween – Day 23”