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  • Features

    EXQUISITES 2020: Films of the Year

    Clearly 2020 will be a year we remember and one we rather forget. We hope from the bottom of our black little hearts that you remained healthy and sane (but not…

  • Reviews

    Within the Woods (1978)

    “Abstract Plain” is a song from the album Teenager of the Year by Frank Black. The lyrics describe Black’s desire to escape from the real world to an emotional oasis: “I…

  • Reviews

    Night of the Witches (1970)

    A few days ago I woke up with a hankering for a Bloody Mary. This is not something I usually drink, but for whatever reason, it sounded absolutely perfect. Salty, spicy,…

  • Features

    Shorts That Tore Our Heads Off: Volume 1

    Short films are like Hi-Chews — bite-size flavor explosions that should be savored before moving onto the next one, and the one after that. Given the bottomless well of compelling shorts…

  • Home Video

    SCARY TALES (AGFA-022)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase the Scary Tales Special Edition Blu-ray here. Scary Tales proves that the films…

  • Reviews

    Halloween Party (1989)

    “Halloween” and “party” are two words that describe everything I want in life. So it’s no surprise that Halloween Party is everything I want in life. It’s Halloween night! Becky’s having…

  • Reviews

    Street Tales of Terror (2004)

    Let’s talk horror. We of course know the classic horror stories—the ones with Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, and a whole bunch of forgettably attractive white people. These fictional, goopy, squishy barnstormers…

  • Reviews

    Retribution (1987)

    It’s Halloween and people are dressed up as Frankenstein monsters, vampires, werewolves, and gloriously deformed creatures, including a monster with another monster in its neck. It’s the best night of the…

  • Reviews

    Attack of the Beast Creatures (1985)

    Island settings have always been money in the bank for trash-horror filmmakers. Because islands have bugs, beaches, coconuts, and sunlight — everything you need to not have a good time. From…

  • Reviews

    Tiyanak (1988)

    Listen, there’s a lot of stuff America is good at: freedom of the press, Yosemite National Park, Golden Retrievers, ranch dressing, type 2 diabetes. And there’s a whole lot of stuff…

  • Home Video

    LIMBO (AGFA-020)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase the Limbo Special Edition Blu-ray here. After starring in 100 movies over the past…

  • Reviews

    The Manson Family (1997)

    I couldn’t sleep after watching The Manson Family. It wasn’t because of the story of Charles Manson and his cult of murderers. I’ve read Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and listened…

  • Reviews

    Devil’s Express (1976)

    Warhawk Tanzania is a man who takes no shit and fucks shit up. He gives no shit, but at the same time, he gives a shit, especially when it comes to…

  • Reviews

    Astounding She-Monster, The (1957)

    If you’ve never listened to the song “Night and Day” by Al B. Sure!, you should. With its killer hooks and camp theatrics, this song has the power to get anyone…

  • Reviews

    Der Fan (1982)

    Remember when the Beatles came to America? They stepped off the plane and girls were waiting on the runway, absolutely losing their fucking minds. Screaming, screeching, yelling, pulling their hair, waving…

  • Reviews

    Blood Shack (1971)

    There’s a scene in Blood Shack where late filmmaker Ray Dennis Steckler’s kids play musical chair. Yes, that’s “chair” and not “chairs.” Because there’s only one chair. This is a perfect…

  • Reviews

    Go For Broke (1985)

    “We mustn’t quit now, or else we’ll be disgraced. . . . I’ll fight, even if I end up dead.” Cue the first-pumping guitar riffs and throttling basslines and get ready…

  • Reviews

    Pathogen (2006)

    My cousin Brian appeared on a local Chicago television show called Kidding Around when he was in junior high. The show focused on ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. Brian’s talent was…

  • Reviews

    Deadly Art of Survival, The (1979)

    Love it or hate it, New York City is a character. This city can be gruff or warm, silly or serious, hopeful or dangerous. It will smell like hot garbage and…

  • Reviews

    Recoil (2001)

    I’m obsessed with DIY comic books from the 1980s and ‘90s. Like their indie film counterparts, these comics explode with crude ambition, intense passion, and blunt savagery. One of my favorite…

  • Reviews

    Treasure of the Ninja (1987)

    The story goes like this: William Lee made Treasure of the Ninja in 1987 while he was a student at Ohio State University. It was a labor of love; he wrote,…

  • Reviews

    Midnight Shadow (1939)

    I’ll watch any horror movie that features a Swami. Especially if said Swami is capable of mind reading (Son of Dracula), crystal-ball-gazing (Supernatural), or raising spirits from the dead so that…

  • Reviews

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is a film that could’ve only been made by a highly intelligent professional pot-smoker. No, no, not me, please. It’s Todd Haynes. This man, of course,…

  • Reviews

    Frankenstein’s Bloody Nightmare (2006)

    In ninth grade, I was failing geometry. Each problem was an impossible riddle involving points, surfaces, and other trash. My brain refused to accept it. I felt helpless and frustrated. I…

  • Reviews

    Temptation of the Demon Woman (1978)

    Let’s talk desserts. Pie, cheesecake, cookies, brownies, that ice cream cake you bake in the oven but somehow doesn’t melt. I don’t know what sorcery that is, but I know I…

  • Reviews

    Shivers (1975)

    Did you know that there’s a parasitic fungus that turns ants into zombie slaves? It takes over an ant’s brain and causes it to climb up a plant where it clamps…

  • Home Video

    THE MCPHERSON TAPE (AGFA-018)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase The McPherson Tape Special Edition Blu-ray here. The world’s first found footage horror movie!…

  • Reviews

    Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)

    In Essential Deren, experimental filmmaker Maya Deren said that the essence of her work was to, “externalize an inner world to the point where it is confounded with the external world.”…

  • Reviews

    Psycho Woman (1988)

    Perhaps more than any other movie in the 80s, Fatal Attraction showed the world that bitches be crazy.  Not to be undone, director Orhan Elmas wanted to show the world that…

  • Reviews

    Lady Killer (1995)

    Humans are the worst organisms on the planet. We hate, pollute, and don’t know how to share. That’s why we knock down trees for no good reason. But sooner or later,…

  • Reviews

    Return of the Poltergeist (1981)

    If you’re like me—and you are—then you love gooey, goopy, gruesome horror movies, ones that explode with crimson gore or neon slime. You love those beasties coated in mucus, with the…

  • Reviews

    Tartarus (2005)

    There will never be a moment in time when aliens aren’t cool. By that logic, the same goes for Tartarus. John has spent his life scamming people for large sums of…

  • Reviews

    Deranged (1987)

    At some point in filmmaking history, people—ahem, men—decided that all women in the thoes of a mental breakdown do the following: eat their feelings with reckless abandon modern dance (pronounced dahnse)…