Here in the Midwest, the weather has hit the nineties … but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the chills. There are plenty of scares on the web this week: zombie sexuality, more than one interpretation of the “human doll,” and an (admittedly anticlimactic) AMERICAN HORROR STORY update are just a few of this week’s links. If you find yourself dreaming of synthetic skin or Bloody Mary, don’t despair: GHOSTBUSTERS hits theaters this Friday, and if the previews are any indication, screams of laughter are sure to follow. We, of course, can hardly wait. Until then …


Our heroines: the Ghostbusters; (Left to right) Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones), Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), and Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) (via thenerdmachine.com).

BEST OF 2016: We’re more than half-way through the year and, already, we’ve been treated with new horror classics like Robert Eggers’ THE WITCH and Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE. Aside from these popular 2016 favorites, iHorror includes often-overlooked flicks like Travis Z’s CABIN FEVER remake and Can Evrenol’s Turkish nightmare, BASKIN, on their list of favorites (via iHorror).

MORE MISFIT TOYS: Hello, baby! Reborn dolls are “manufactured skin doll[s] transformed to resemble a human infant,” and if that Wikipedia definition doesn’t give you the willies, this short documentary from Barcroft TV, “My Fake Baby,” (via YouTube) just might. One thing’s for sure: these “mommies” are unlike any others!

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… in which we at WILDERNESS vastly regret Googling “reborn baby dolls.”

SPOOKS: These true accounts of brave (foolish?) souls who have called on Bloody Mary (via The Line-Up) will give you a good scare—and maybe make you think twice before you look in the mirror! Each story differs, but one lesson emerges from all: call Mary up at your own risk! As if we didn’t already know that from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010) … (Oh … and if you ARE willing to take that risk … write in with your results! We want to know.)

TRUE HORROR: In a news story straight out of an exploitation flick, “mad genius” (this is arguable) Anatoly Moskvin has been committed to a psychiatric ward for life after digging up the corpses of 29 children and using their body parts to create human “dolls.” A preserved doll of ten-year-old Olga Chardymova was particularly prized, kept in his home for 9 years (via metro.co.uk). [TRIGGER WARNING: IMAGES CONTAIN GORE.]

HIDDEN GEMS: ‘80s horror is chock full of hits, but, while you may have heard of such fare as POLTERGEIST (1982), A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984), and THE SHINING (1980) (indeed, if you haven’t, you might be on the wrong site!), but have you heard of DISCONNECTED (1983)EYES OF FIRE (1983)? PIN: A PLASTIC NIGHTMARE (1988)? Even as an ‘80s horror fanatic, I hadn’t heard of a single movie on this list (via Blumhouse) … which ones do you recognize?


Ack! A peek at the demonic forces at work in EYES OF FIRE (1983) (via Blumhouse.com).

‘AHS’ UPDATE: While we still know little about the upcoming installment of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, we have two pieces of information: the logo (which contains little more than a question mark, as if to emphasize how little it reveals) and, now, a premiere date (via Entertainment Weekly): AHS will be premiering a month early, on September 14th (at 10 PM, EST). We still wish it were sooner!

GREAT MINDS: At the intersection of gore and sexual nonconformity lies Bruce LaBruce, “the king of pop art, porn and political rhetoric … [an] enfant terrible and cultural antihero,” according to Alan Kelly (via Blumhouse). LaBruce’s interests include masculine identity, sex, homonormativity, queerness, and punk identity—which his films reflect. THE MISANDRISTS (2016) is about a militant group of feminist sexual revolutionaries aiming to subjugate men (it already sounds like a winner to us!) and OTTO; OR, UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2008) is the tale of a zombie longing to devour his boyfriend (literally), as well as “a reaction to the sanitized, male-dominated and class-oriented projection of the ideal gay male aesthetic/gay men as a commodity,” for example. What’s not to love?


Bruce LaBruce (via Cineuropa.com).

GRIT LIT: Headed on vacay this summer? If you’re anything like us, you LOVE a good beach read (by which we mean a bloodcurdling tale of dark mayhem, of course). This list (via The Line-Up) has something for everyone: Stephen King acolytes will clamor for JOYLAND, WINTER PEOPLE by Jennifer McMahon has a hint of historical fiction, and those of us with shorter attention spans (or amounts of reading time) will delight in NO DOORS, NO WINDOWS,  a collection of Harlan Ellison’s short stories. Happy reading!

10 (More) Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction | Mental Floss

TRIGGER WARNING: This article includes synopses for each documentary. The synopses for CHILD OF RAGE, CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS, and IN A TOWN THIS SMALL mention childhood sexual assault. The synopsis for THE COVE mentions animal abuse. The synopsis for SUICIDE FOREST (clearly) mentions suicide. The synopses for INTERVIEW WITH A CANNIBAL, THE CHESHIRE MURDERS, and IN A TOWN THIS SMALL mention rape.

I don’t know about you, but I’m chomping at the bit to check out these creepy pics, all perfectly suited to add to the site’s “Horror Documentary” category. If you liked CROPSEY, chances are these are right up your alley. I’ve seen CHILD OF RAGE, too … but was unsure whether it qualified as horror, per se. Disturbing, it was. What makes a true-life tale “horror” for you? What’s your favorite “horror” documentary?

via 10 (More) Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction | Mental Floss


I hope you enjoy this week’s—and the blog’s first!—link round-up, where I bring you the best of horror that the internet can give you! Grab some popcorn, stretch out in your favorite chair, and get comfortable with your laptop, tablet, or phone … and enjoy your Friday night with some news from the dark side.


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NEW SERIES ALERT: If you hit YouTube before 10 PM tonight, you can catch OUTCAST, the new Cinemax Original Series about a young man (GONE GIRL’s Patrick Fugit) mysteriously possessed by strange forces and his journey to coming to terms with what lies in his past.

MORE MOVIES TO RUIN YOUR LIFE: What’s the most grisly horror film you’ve ever laid eyes on? Chances are, it’s on this list: check out these 10 Banned Horror Movies from The Line-Up, including the notoriously harrowing I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE and the fresh hell that is THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (plus the sequel). [TRIGGER WARNING: This article makes mention of rape and sexual assault.]

TRUE HORROR: How many possession victims can you name? Even if your answer is “Not many,” you’ll recognize these names, from The Line-Up … Anneliese Michel is the inspiration for THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the Smurl family’s resident demon, and the Perrons star in James Wan’s THE CONJURING.


Anneliese Michel (via wordpress.com)

NEW SERIES ALERT: Lore, Aaron Mahnke’s podcast on the mysterious and macabre, will soon be coming to television. Gale Anne Hurd—executive producer of THE WALKING DEAD—will host the anthology series. A network is not yet attached to the project.

THIRD-GENERATION GHOSTBUSTERS: We’ve all been through the wringer, what with the whiny voices of dissent that have arisen with increasing volume and frequency in the wake of the GHOSTBUSTERS film about to hit theaters … but check out this little-known fact from Blumhouse.com: the 1984 comedy is a remake in itself, of a ‘70s television show for children! Wait ‘til THIS hits the message boards …


The original “Ghost Busters” (yes, including the ape, apparently) (via Blumhouse.com)

TRAVEL: If you’re at a loss for summer vacation destinations, look no further … how about a portal to hell?! And no, I’m not talking about Sunnydale. Check out these Five Entrances to Hell from Blumhouse.com.

THE ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS?: In a story that unpleasantly calls to mind my recent review of DEAD SILENCE, a chilling creepypasta from an author known only as CMT reports that three teenage girls were found dead at … wait for it … a DOLL CEMETERY. [TRIGGER WARNING: This article describes mutilated corpses in great detail.]

CHARLIE NO-FACE: They say every town has a story. Does yours compare to these horrifying urban legends from The Line-Up? [TRIGGER WARNING: Number 8 on this list, “Purple Aki,” includes a graphic reference to rape. Number 13, “A fertility god …” makes mention of rape. Number 24, “The plantation owner’s ghost,” makes mention of a racial hate crime.]


Charlie No-Face? (via The Line-Up)

10 Actors in Horror that You Can Never See the Same Way Again

Some roles you can’t un-see. The faces of the characters in horror are real faces—like it or not—and when the actors who play them move on to other projects, sometimes it’s challenging to look past the chilling personas they once inhabited … other times, it’s nearly impossible. Here are my top ten—actors who, in my view, have simply become the ghoulish characters they’ve played …

10. Olivia Wilde (as Zoe in THE LAZARUS EFFECT [2015])


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5 Horror Films that Changed My Life

What films have changed your life? GOOD WILL HUNTING? ROCKY? STAR WARS? Maybe one of these and, if you were born in the early ‘90s, like me, you probably are also secretly thinking about the first time you saw MEAN GIRLS or HARRY POTTER. Every horror fan has similar lists running through their head: the scary movies that gave me the most horrible nightmares, the ones I found the goriest, the ones that were so bad that I laughed instead of screaming. Here is a sample of a few that changed my life—the greatest, the creepiest, the most fascinating of the bunch:

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