The Horror Honeys

AHS: Cult's Miguel Sagaz Talks Cults, Killers, and Queens

A Classics Honey Interview from Samantha

American Horror Story: Cult concluded earlier this month, and with its backdrop of contemporary politics and a shift away from supernatural elements, the world it painted felt a little too close for comfort.

The seventh season of FX’s wickedly popular anthology horror series opened with some of its most unsettling and stomach-churning imagery to date (footage of Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election) before delving into the psychology of fear, loathing, and really messed up cults.

Cult depicts the havoc wrecked by Kai Anderson (Evan Peters); a wannabe dictator with ridiculous hair who believes that fear is the golden ticket to political control. And we’re talking good old-fashioned fear, in the form of a cult of killer clowns out to terrorize anyone who gets in their way. That’s real bad news for Sarah Paulson’s coulrophobic Ally, who becomes embroiled in the cult’s murderous business. But luckily for Ally, there proves to be a force stronger than Kai’s fear tactics: feminism. (We knew it!)

The feminist politics explored in Cult come to a head in the seventh episode, Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag. The real-life Solanas was a radical feminist best known for shooting Andy Wharhol and writing the SCUM: Manifesto, which argues that men are basically the worst. In Cult’s fictionalized retelling of the story, Solanis (played by Lena Dunham) forms her own cult dedicated to cutting up men, committing a series of murders that are later dubbed the Zodiac killings.

Among Solanis’ followers is Bruce (Miguel Sagaz), the man responsible for sending the cryptic Zodiac letters to the police and taking credit for the murders. And when Solanis finds out, Bruce learns the hard way that the part about cutting up men was deadly serious…

I recently caught up with actor Miguel Sagaz to chat about his killer role in Cult, his surprise at finding out he was playing the Zodiac Killer, and his drag debut in new movie Cherry Pop.

You Must Dive Straight Into 'The Shape of Water'

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A New Release Review with Monster Honey Sarah

The Shape of Water (2017)

Fairytales are something that never truly leave us. Even if we think we’ve outgrown them, something brings us back. Nobody knows this better than Guillermo del Toro. He has a simple but perfect talent for making the strange come to life and the scary inexplicably beautiful. Therefore it is unsurprising that his latest film, The Shape of Water, is a gorgeous, heartbreaking tale of compassion, love, and the strength of the outsider.

A Night at the Theatre ~ Emily Penick’s 'Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch'

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A Theatre Review with Supernatural Honey Kim

One of the many reasons Shakespeare’s plays have endured as many years as they have is that the stories they tell are timeless. A pair of star-crossed lovers is something any teenager dating someone their parents disapprove of can identify with. King Lear doesn’t need to be your father for someone to relate to not being able to please a parent. And given the current political climate, who hasn’t wanted to listen to a few witches and take out a King? Yet Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare's later plays, also numbers among his lesser known. Partially because some of the dense political text can be hard for more modern audiences to sort through, yet when pared down and performed correctly, it reveals themes all too relevant to the current times.

'Leatherface' is… is a Film

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A New Release Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany

Leatherface (2017)

Leatherface, the newest installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre canon, is dropping just in time for Halloween. The most important questions you will probably be asking yourself as you watch this film from Alexandre Bustillo and Julie Maury is... how? What? And why is this film even being made?

Mostly because the studio could.

Wendy Robie Brings Badass Feminism to Shakespeare in 'CORIOLANUS'

To live like a legend... sometimes you have to fight like a bitch. The country is at war, and the Senate cannot keep the peace within its own walls--- let alone on the battlefield. Enter Coriolanus: the country’s most famous badass warrior. She returns home to face the greatest battle yet: to win the love of the people & run for office--- or face the dangerous consequences of defying society’s expectations.

Horror fans will recognize the name Wendy Robie from Twin Peaks, where she played the iconic Nadine Hurley, as well as Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. However, Robie is also an incredible stage actor, with numerous credits across both contemporary and classic works, including Dangerous Liaisons, Richard III, Hamlet, and Mother Courage and her Children. Next for Robie is CORIOLANUS: Fight Like a Bitch, an all-female production of the Shakespeare classic, in which she takes on the role of Volumnia.

Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley had the opportunity to chat with Robie about her upcoming role in this exciting new production of CORIOLANUS!

Happy Death Day: Or...

The Unexamined Life Is Worth Living, Again and Again and Again and...

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A Slasher Honey New Release Review with Chassity

Happy Death Day (2017)

There are certain things one expects when going to see a horror movie. There’s usually a lot of screaming, some jump scares, and someone is probably going to yell, “Why are you doing this to me?!” And of course, blood and gore usually come with the territory.

But then there are those elements that you don’t normally see in a horror film. You rarely get an emotional backstory, character-driven humor, or, these days, a murder mystery. It’s also becoming more and more unique to find a plot turns into a redemption story.

Happy Death Day, directed by Christopher Landon, has all of these things. And what begins as a simple twist on the slasher genre, morphs into a terrifying spin on Groundhog Day/A Christmas Carol that uses violence as a backdrop for a story that is really about how we deal with grief.

The Joy and Happiness of Hating: A Witch-Themed List for Hexmas!

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A Head Honey 'Witch Month' List with Linnie

"You will never escape my vengeance, or of Satan's! My revenge will seek you out, and with the blood of your sons, and of their sons, and their sons, I will continue to live forever! They will restore me to the life you now rob from me!" ~ Princess Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele), Black Sunday (1960)

This October, we've decided to devote the entire month to the gloriousness that is the witch in film and literature. From it's earliest days, cinema has been fascinated with witchcraft and the lore associated with it, providing ample material to love, to loathe, and to fear for those of us who identify as witches. It is rare that a film about witches manages to be truly frightening, without also engaging in a little cinematic witch shaming (I'm looking at you, James Wan). So, in anticipation of our witch-themed issue of Belladonna, I've compiled a list of my favorite, genuinely scary witch movies, that don't also demonize witches (with one episode of a television show included for good measure). Before we begin, I only have one question...

Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

Classics Honey’s Horror Highlights from NYCC 2017!

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A New York Comic-Con Diary with Classics Honey Sam

Well, New York Comic Con 2017 has come and gone, and your Classics Honey is more than a little exhausted. I am, after all, a creature of the night, of dark crypts and quiet tombs. But my first visit to NYCC was a wild ride, complete with a delicious undercurrent of the macabre and bloody, and I’m delighted to share the horror highlights with you all!

Looks that Kill - 6 “Revenge Honey Approved” Halloween Costumes

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A Halloween-Ready List with Revenge Honey Addison 

It’s finally here, my sisters. It’s that glorious month where pumpkins are on every doorstep, where the Witching Hour turns to the Witching Month, and where all our favorite horror films are all playing on TV again. Most of all, it’s the month of Halloween, where we have the chance to dress up as anything and everything we’ve ever wanted to be. As Buffy Summers once said, Halloween is “come as you aren’t night," everyone’s chance to be as scary or sexy (or both) as everyday life will never allow.

Need a revenge-themed group costume? Rat poison not included.
In honor of this holiest of Horrordays, I’ve compiled six Revenge Honey-approved ideas for Halloween costumes for those who want to try something with a little bite this year. These costumes range from the easily put-together with pieces from your local thrift store or your own closet, to some that require a little more investment and special effects makeup acumen. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but there’s nothing wrong with serving fresh hot looks right along with it.

Franchise the Future: Reinventing the Replicant in 'Blade Runner 2049'

A Sci-Fi Honey New Release Review with Katie

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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It’s been 35 years since audiences were first able to experience Ridley Scott’s neo-noir sci-fi epic Blade Runner (1982) on the big screen; since that time, there have been no less than seven differently edited renditions of the same film, including iterations known as the U.S. Theatrical Cut, the Director’s Cut, and the Final Cut. Depending on which version you choose, many plot points are over-explained (by way of Harrison Ford’s dry voiceover narration), or many more unanswered questions are raised (is Ford’s Rick Deckard truly a replicant, or not?!). No one film since Scott’s, however, has revisited the original source material from Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and created a follow-up in the form of a remake or sequel that expands the world of a blade runner and the replicants he’s employed to “retire.”

Enter visionary French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, a contemporary of Scott’s particular brand of cinematic sci-fi who has created astonishing worlds in his own right in cerebral dramas Enemy (2013) and Arrival (2016). Blade Runner 2049 takes place in nearly as many decades as we have been removed from Scott’s cyberpunk classic, yet the end product feels like a natural extension of the original film’s ambitious imagery and ideas. As an experiment in turning a beloved genre staple into a far-reaching franchise, Villeneuve more than proves his worth as an auteur capable of rocketing the Blade Runner saga into the distant cinematic future.

Gosling as 'K,' blade runner of the future