The Horror Honeys

Horror from Around the World with Kim: Train to Busan (2016)

A Film Journey with Supernatural Honey Kim

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It all started with a conversation about the Turkish horror film Baskin (2015) with my brother. We had watched it the previous summer when I was visiting him. He has a fondness for movies that depict some version of Hell and I have a fondness for…pretty much anything horror. During the discussion, I'd mentioned it was the first Turkish horror film I had seen. This prompted him to say, "You should watch something from every country just to see how they're different."

The seed was planted.

Just Don't Die: How to Survive the Night in a Haunted House

A Guide to Not Dying in a Haunted House Hosted By Supernatural Honey Kim

There are many reasons one might find themselves within the walls of a haunted house. Perhaps an untimely storm has forced you to seek shelter. Maybe a dead relative left a provision for you in their will. Or even as part a dare made by your closest 'friends.' Whatever the reason, you have now found yourself in an honest to goodness haunted house. And wouldn't you know it? The lights have just gone out. Or maybe there were no lights to begin with. Whatever your situation, you have one goal: survive the night. That shouldn't be TOO hard… right? If you've ever watched a horror movie, you already know the answer to that question. But if you really want to get out of this alive, you better sit back and pay attention to these steps.

Camera Obscura: Indie Review

A Head Honey Review by Kat

Camera Obscura (2017)

While horror is a genre that treads the fine line on subjects that are taboo for many other filmmakers, there are still some things that give viewers pause. PTSD is one of those subjects that is cause for much trepidation when it comes to exploration in the cinematic medium, so its rare to find a horror films that deals with the subject matter in this way. However, for better or for worse, in Aaron B. Koontz's Camera Obscura, there is little exploration into the PTSD that Jack Zeller suffers from, and more focus on the relationships and affect the condition has on them.

The story: Jack Zeller is a veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, which makes him question his already fragile sanity and puts the lives of those he loves in danger.

'Haunters' Focuses Too Much on One Sadistic House

A Documentary Review with Musical Horror Honey Stella Libretto

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Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

On the outside, Haunters: The Art of the Scare, directed and produced by Jon Schnitzer, promises horror and haunt fans alike an inside look at the people creating the mazes and experiences that attract hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of attendees each Halloween. While it certainly does accomplish that, it also provides a deeper look into extreme haunts, most notably, the infamous McKamey Manor. What Schnitzer manages to uncover is not only the incredible creators and actors running some of our favorite haunts but also some of the deeply disturbed individuals out to torture and harm others for their own delight.

The Goblin King Returns in S. Jae-Jones's 'Wintersong'

A Hardcover Honey Review with Laurel

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Wintersong (2017)

If you are among the many who were left reeling after David Bowie's passing, chances are, you re-watched the movie Labyrinth (1986).

This children's classic directed by Jim Henson follows the highly imaginative Sara (Jennifer Connelly), uneasy about the responsibility and lack of parental attention that comes with having a new baby brother. She'd much rather read her book of fairy tales and act out her favorite scenes by the park. One day, she wishes the baby away, and lo and behold, Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie at his resplendent best), appears to grant her wish. Sara has thirteen hours to navigate the Goblin realm's underground labyrinth and save her brother. Muppet-like hijinks and catchy tunes ensue. It's a mixed bag as cult classics go, still lovable if you watch it as an adult, but with more than a few seams showing. Bowie is, of course, the most memorable and fabulous part of it.

In the end, Jareth concedes that Sara has won, and allows her to return to her world. But first he makes her a beguiling offer: "Just let me rule you. Worship me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave." We know how the story is supposed to end, with Sara letting go of childhood trinkets (sort of), rescuing her baby brother, and going home. But what if Sara took Jareth's offer? What if she decided to stay in the labyrinth and rule it as his Queen?

Farther Into the Further with Insidious: The Last Key

A Supernatural Honey New Release Review with Kim

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Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Modern horror franchises have become a little too zealous in their desire to bring everything full circle. Annabelle: Creation (2017) is one of the most recent films to try a little too cleverly to tie in the sequel to the original. It's not a bad thing to want to connect movies of the same franchise, but when the audience can see the filmmakers patting themselves on the back for their cleverness, it loses some of the appeal. Where Insidious: The Last Key (2018) is the fourth film in the franchise, the time jumps render it at times a sequel, and at times a prequel, yet all of the action is still occurring before the original Insidious (2010) takes place. Confused yet?

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.