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Better Late Than Never: 'AHS: Cult'

A Premiere Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany

American Horror Story: Cult (2011- )

All photos courtesy of FX
American Horror Story has officially started its seventh season. For better or for worse, until this point, the show has created a blend of the supernatural with the historical, the fantastical with the real. With Asylum, we had monsters mixed with Nazis. In Roanoke, reality television was infused with malevolent spirits.

The formula of AHS is pretty damn clear by now. Sometimes it’s entertaining, and sometimes it’s not. However, with the premiere of AHS: Cult, it appears that Ryan Murphy and crew have finally crossed the line from entertaining to terrifying, in the worst ways imaginable.

Mother!... Or the Case Against House Guests

A New Release Review with Head Honey Linnie

Mother! (2017)

Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Few directors working today deserve the title of "auteur." In fact, there are so few of them, you could fit their names on one of those mini-Post-It notes. But one of the names on that tiny list would deservedly be Darren Aronofsky. Ever since the release of his first film, Pi (1998), he's been establishing himself as a singular voice in cinema. Even his worst films are still challenging visions, while his best are cinematic poetry. His newest release, Mother!, will be counted among his best, and as most of his films are, likely be the subject of passionate debate for years to come.

An Interview with 'The Lodgers' Screenwriter David Turpin

By Supernatural Honey Kim Douthit (@seattlescreams)

It is a lucky few who have their very first screenplay produced. In his first ever screenplay, The Lodgers, David Turpin, known more for his music under the name "The Late David Turpin," creates a haunting and beautiful story of twins Rachel and Edward in 1920s Ireland. Living in their families crumbling home, they are not the sole occupants. Living with them are Lodgers, who inhabit the house after midnight each night. Rachel longs to escape from the house and the family secrets that still live within.

Outlast 2: Horror Down South

A Gamer Honey review with Jess Blum
Twitter: @M3tal_Jess / Steam: @Metal_Jess / #GamerHoney

Outlast 2 (2017)

Developer: Red Barrels 
Genre: Psychological Horror
Engine: Unreal Engine 3
Platforms: PC, XB1, PS4

All photos courtesy of Red Barrels Studios
The first Outlast game was a gem for survival horror fans with overwhelmingly positive reception. Red Barrels’ Outlast 2 (2017) doesn’t stray far from its already successful formula. You play as investigative journalist and everyday man Blake Langermann, who somehow is always low on camera batteries. Stuck in the middle of the woods due to a helicopter crash, Blake is commissioned with having to locate his missing wife while battling a deranged bloodthirsty cult without weapons, building the tension through each scene as you feel helpless peering through the lens of your night-vision camera. This game is true deep South horror, immersing you into the fear of being trapped in a nightmare of religious rites and holy sacrifices surrounded by forest, corn fields, and abandoned shacks. Think less Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and Resident Evil 7 (2017) and more Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984).

The Dark Tower: Flee This Adaptation

The Dark Tower succeeds in referencing great Stephen King adaptations, without actually being one. 
A New Release Review with Samantha: @themeatispeople

The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed… 

For Constant Readers of Stephen King, the prospect of a film adaptation of his Dark Tower series inspired a heady mix of hope, excitement, trepidation, and outright fear. Despite being the basis for some of most beloved horror movies of all time, the author’s work doesn’t always translate well to film (The Mangler, anyone?). Not to mention that The Dark Tower books are hardly the easiest things in the world to adapt; King’s self-described magnum opus is a blend of wildly different genres, a world where time moves in strange ways and timelines diverge.

Add to that the fact that Sony Pictures (the geniuses who gave us insultingly awful The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Pixels) is behind the adaptation, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

American Murder Song’s 'The Donner Party' is a Damn Masterpiece

A Horror Honey Exclusive First-Look Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany

American Murder Song's 'The Donner Party' (2017)

Masters of musical horror Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman are back with the latest installment in their American Murder Song project, titled The Donner Party. Evolving from their first series of EPs, which contained a variety of murder ballads telling individual stories, The Donner Party is the first of these albums that focus more centrally on one theme, the infamous doomed party of travelers that ended up eating each other to survive.

And frankly, the new album is amazing.

An Interview with Director Mathieu Ratthe

A Web Exclusive Interview from Supernatural Honey Kim

Few people can say they’ve been making their own films since they were 10 years old, but Mathieu Ratthe has been doing that very thing. In the last 25 years he has made 27 shorts, and his new film, The Gracefield Incident, is his first feature length film.

Ratthe himself plays Matthew Donovan, a video game editor who heads to his boss’ cabin for the weekend with his wife and a few friends. He places a camera in his prosthetic eye to document the getaway, but before long finds himself documenting a meteor falling in the woods and something stalking him and his friends.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Mathieu, where we delved into the film, cooking, and Bigfoot’s true origins.

Horror Anime ~ School's out for "School - Live!"

A Monster Honey Out of Genre Review 
by Sarah @sarahjosmiley 

Despite initial appearances, this is a horror anime. It’s even possible that by simply telling you this fact I might have said too much. However the experience of watching School-Live!, or to use it it’s Japanese title Gakkou Gurashi, “Living at School,” is such that doing so is worth it if it convinces someone who might not otherwise have seen the show to check it out.

Yuki Takeya loves her school. She even belongs to a unique club; The School Living Club, who stay at the school full-time and make use of all of its great resources. The club also consists of the responsible and big sisterly Club President Yurii Wakasa, the spunky and determined Kurumi Ebisuzawa, quiet reader Miki Naoki, and their pet dog Taromaru, all watched by the careful eye of their faculty advisor the sweet and slightly timid Megumi Sakura, AKA “Megu-nee”. So far it all sounds very cutesy school anime in the vein of K-on!, Azumanga Daioh, or Lucky Star; full of club shenanigans and fun life lessons and friendship as the girls go through their school lives until graduation, and it is that. However it is also something so much more in a very surprising way.

That is the extent of what I want to reveal without you having seen the show. To get the fullest experience, stop reading, go watch at least the first episode, and then come back for fuller thoughts. This is an anime that is at times sweet and funny and others dark and harrowing, but throughout it is an engaging and unique watch. The show won’t be completely ruined for you if you do read on, as there are plenty of elements to the show that will not be discussed, but you might miss out on a part of the experience that you would have preferred to have. Consider yourselves warned.

Appearances can be deceiving.

'Foolish Mortals' is a Glorious Celebration of the Dark Side of Disney

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A Red Carpet Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany

Foolish Mortals (2017)

There is something incredibly special about being in a room with other superfans, celebrating the thing you are all so passionate about. Such was the case at the world premiere of Foolish Mortals, a (non-Disney sanctioned!) documentary focusing on fans of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction. Even in the small room where the movie premiered, right across the street from D23, the excitement was infectious, bouncing from person to person, in anticipation of viewing the finished film.

Beware Trash Heaps Bearing Gifts: John Leonetti’s "Wish Upon"

A Supernatural Honey New Release Review with Kim

Wish Upon (2017)

Everyone knows the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.” Indeed, there have been a number of horror films that have already dealt with that very premise. Wishmaster has managed to build an entire franchise on the notion that wishes can be warped and have dire consequences. John Leonetti’s new film, Wish Upon, is not treading any new or remarkable ground, but that doesn’t stop it from being a highly entertaining movie. Leonetti has a handful of horror credits under his belt, most recently The Conjuring follow-up, Annabelle, and with his many years spent as a cinematographer, he is no stranger to the genre.