The Horror Honeys

Mom and Dad: Classic Grindhouse with Modern Horror Sparkle

A WEB EXCLUSIVE New Release Review with Head Honey Linnie


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Mom and Dad (2018)

It is nearly impossible to recreate the feeling that is generated from watching a classic grindhouse film. Most of the movies that have tried do so end up doing it to varying success (drawing on the films that made up Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse as an example), but if they succeed, it is always because they directly copy the style that grindhouse is known for. Extreme violence or sex, bad cinematography, exaggerated acting, and post-production tricks to make the movie look older than it is are hallmarks of "modern grindhouse." But exactly because the filmmakers are trying so hard to mimic a bygone style, it's hard to do at all, let alone do in a unique way.

Which is what makes it such a delightful surprise that Brian Taylor's Mom and Dad is so damn exceptional.

Addison Chats with the 'Teen Creeps' Podcast!

A Web Exclusive Interview from Revenge Honey Addison

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Teen Creeps, co-hosted by Kelly Nugent and Lindsay Katai, is a podcast that dives into the weird and wonderful world of YA pulp thrillers such as the work of Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, and Caroline B. Cooney. Together, they use the show to examine the books they grew up reading from a grown-up perspective, as well as discuss anything and everything that the books can bring up, whether it’s personal and serious, or wild and ridiculous. Kelly and Lindsay were kind enough to take some time to chat with me about the show, childhood fears, and what makes us want to revisit these books again and again.

Prepare to Raise a Little Hell at Texas Frightmare Weekend 2018

Convention Coverage with Bella

 

For reasons more simple than sinister, I live in Texas; somewhere behind the pine curtain, where we don’t breed serial killers (unless the pollen count counts), and the only thing beloved more than God, guns, and Goobers is horror. As is evident by the Texas Frightmare Weekend: the southwest’s premier horror convention held in Dallas.

This year marks the 13th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend, and I dare say, the line-up of guests and events is as spooktacular as the years it’s been running. Even from its humble beginnings in Grapevine, Texas, TFW has been an unparalleled horror convention. Now, boasting thousands of annual attendees and some of the newest, biggest, and scariest names in horror, TFW brings more fear to the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex than its traffic.

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?