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Quick “review”: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Synopsis: Five travelers in search of gas come across a seemingly abandoned house in the rural outskirts of the Lone Star State. What they find is a family of homicidal maniacs – and one of the most iconic characters in all of horror history. Controversy: For its veritable smorgasbord of horrors, Hooper’s film was banned in Brazil, […]

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Quick “review”: Snuff (1976)

Synopsis: A group of murderous, Manson Family-esque hippies, led by a charismatic cult leader, wanders the countryside in search of thrills. After following the gang as they terrorizing numerous folks and nubile females, the film then switches gears and becomes a “documentary” of a young women being “killed” by the film’s crew – an alleged actual […]

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Quick “review”: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Synopsis: After a space probe explodes in Earth’s atmosphere (the most likely reason, given that it’s a theory voiced by the film’s resident scientist), the dead began to rise from their graves and shamble after the living, attacking them for their delicious, delicious flesh. A group of survivors hole up in a house while outside, […]

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Quick “review”: I Stand Alone (1998)

Synopsis: Situated between the French arthouse’s extreme edges and exploitation cinema’s lunatic fringe, Gaspar Noe’s notorious feature debut often feels like an existential slasher film as told from the perspective of the killer. Abused at a young age by a priest, an unnamed French butcher ends up killing the man he thought raped his daughter, getting […]

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Quick “review”: The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)

Synopsis: A German surgeon kidnaps three tourists and forces them to participate in an experiment. Putting his “100% medically accurate” theory to the test, he creates a conjoined organism by sewing them together, mouth to anus. Controversy: Like a modern-day William Castle, Dutch director Tom Six used his “100% medically accurate” gimmick to troll for controversy, adding […]

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Quick “review”: Faces of Death (1978)

Synopsis: Never mind Mondo Cane; this psuedo-verite movie about various weird and creepy phenomena around the globe, including scenes depicting a graphic autopsy, a decapitation, a suicide, a cannibal orgy, and a bear mauling, is considered one of the most horrifying and nauseating “documentaries”ever made. Controversy: Conservative politicians and self-appointed social watchdogs linked John Alan Schwartz’s film to […]

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Quick “review”: The Exorcist (1973)

Synopsis: A young girl in Washington D.C. begins exhibiting some incredibly odd behavior. It turns out that, well, she’s possessed by a demon. Holy men are called to rid her of the unholy spirit. Heads do not roll so much as rotate around, 360-degrees. Controversy: The self-mutilating crucifix masturbation, the film-long buffet of sacrilege, “your mother […]