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  • 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)…

  • Reviews

    Witchdoctor of the Livingdead (1985)

    Somewhere in sun-baked Nigeria, a cabbie picks up a passenger alongside an empty dirt road. Watch out, it’s a zombie! And it’s wearing a giant floppy straw hat! Zombies need sun…

  • Reviews

    Sleazy Rider (1988)

    In Pop: A Survey of the Explosive Rise of Pop From the 1950s-60s, Andy Warhol is quoted as saying, “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those…

  • Reviews

    Screaming, The (2000)

    Isaac Hayes. Eddie Deezen. Juliette Lewis. Elisabeth Moss. Forest Whitaker. John Travolta. Tom Cruise. Scientology has claimed the minds of many, though if I’m being honest, I’m probably most bummed about…

  • Reviews

    Ghosts of Hanley House (1968)

    In 1964, one-and-done filmmaker Louise Sherrill wrote, produced, and directed a crude, avant garde reinterpretation of The Haunting and called it Ghosts of Hanley House. No one cared. Until now. While…

  • Reviews

    Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell (2012)

    I live on the fourth floor of a building with no elevator. This means I’m constantly lugging heavy shit up and down a bunch of godforsaken stairs: cartons of milk, boxes…

  • Reviews

    Urge to Kill, The (1989)

    You can ask Alexa pretty much anything: the weather in Chicago (cold), the speed of light (fast), the age of the oldest person in the world (122). You can ask her…

  • Reviews

    Fuck the Devil (1990)

    When a movie called Fuck the Devil opens with a scene of a baby crawling across a floor, it’s safe to assume that something bad will happen to that baby.  Enter…

  • Features

    Bleeding Skull 50: The Best Something Weird Horror Films

    In Midnight Movies, authors J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum describe underground movies as “redolent of danger, secrecy, subversion, resistance, and liberation; not to mention perversity, alienation, and even madness.” They didn’t…

  • Home Video

    WICKED WORLD (AGFA-017)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase the Wicked World Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo here. In 1989, filmmaker Barry J. Gillis and…

  • Features

    EXQUISITES 2019: Films Of The Year

    In Anyab, the Egyptian rip-off of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ali faces the camera and says gravely, “If someone can think a little, he can understand everything.” Then, a ludicrous…

  • Reviews

    Murder In Law (1989)

    Our story begins in an insane asylum where a woman with dark, stringy hair rocks back and forth in a dingy room. The walls are covered in crude scrawlings; there are…

  • Reviews

    Eaten Alive!: A Tasteful Revenge (1999)

    I often wonder what Gary Whitson is like. Is he a genius? Is he a basement dweller? Is he a resourceful, low-budget filmmaker who found his crazy, mixed-up niche in our…

  • Reviews

    Amazon Warrior (1998)

    The time is: the future. The environment is: fucked. Animals are: mutants. Humans are: hunted to near extinction. The ones left: fight, kill, and maraud. But there’s one who rises up…

  • Reviews

    Fatal Exposure (1989)

    A guy (mullet, topless) and a girl (no mullet, topless) are making out in a pick-up truck. A stranger comes out of the misty woods. He’s wearing black boots—a sure sign…

  • Reviews

    Born of the Wind (1964)

    In issue 27 of Marvel Two-In-One, Ben Grimm (aka The Thing from the Fantastic Four) and his blind girlfriend Alicia are vacationing in London. But even on vacation, Grimm is his…

  • Reviews

    Killing Machine (2000)

    A girl in a school uniform approaches a guy in a dim alley. She stares and smiles at him. “For 30 grand, you can go the mile.” The man raises an…