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  • 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…

  • Reviews

    Summoned, The (1974)

    The most beautiful visuals on the planet aren’t found on tropical beaches or the walls of the Louvre — they’re found in experimental Super 8 films. Especially when these movies include…

  • Reviews

    Cemetery Sisters (1987)

    Leslie and her beau have just gotten hitched. They cuddle by the fireplace. Suddenly another woman stabs the husband in the back over and over and over again. Just when you…

  • Reviews

    Reflections of Evil (2002)

    In 2007, my marriage and career both ended within a six month timeframe. My entire identity was erased before my eyes. I got used to the fact that insomnia, pills, and…

  • Reviews

    Epitaph (1987)

    Mothers. Everyone has at least one. Of course, not all moms are good—there’s a spectrum. On one end, there’s Joan Crawford from Mommie Dearest and on the other end, there’s Carol…

  • Reviews

    Flesh Freaks (2000)

    Someone went on vacation and brought us a souvenir called Flesh Freaks. FLESH FREAKS!!! College students Barry and Stan have a lot on their minds. Barry has just returned to Toronto…

  • Reviews

    Anyab (1981)

    Dracula gazes sexily into the camera and into your eyes. His gleaming white fangs catch the light just right. He’s got a full head of luxurious black hair, perfectly conditioned and…

  • Reviews

    Acne (2000)

    Chicago experienced a golden age of repertory film screenings in the early 2000s. And since I had just moved to the city proper, I took full advantage of the situation. From…

  • Reviews

    Blue Murder (1985)

    Blue Murder is about a serial killer in a clown mask who guns down filth peddlers in order to rid the world—or at least Toronto—of sin. That’s my two-cent summary. But…

  • Reviews

    Son of Dracula (1999)

    A 1951 issue of the comic book Darling Love featured a story of love-gone-wrong at a costume party that ended with the protagonist saying: “Thanks to you, my fickle friend, I’m…

  • Reviews

    Las Vegas Bloodbath (1989)

    Sam is a very successful businessman who has just secured a big deal. Money’s coming his way and he’s giddy with dollars. I see too much cocaine in his future. Sam…

  • Reviews

    Cannibal Hookers (1987)

    Cannibals. Hookers. Cannibal Hookers. The title tells you everything you need to know. A hooker struts down the Sunset Strip. A john picks her up. They go back to her place…

  • Reviews

    Where Evil Dwells (1985)

    In Where Evil Dwells, every night is Halloween. On June 19, 1984, Long Island teenager Ricky Kasso went to the woods, smoked PCP, ate acid, and stabbed his friend Gary Lauwers…

  • Home Video

    BLOOD LAKE (AGFA-012)

    AGFA + Bleeding Skull! is a collaboration with our friends at the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA). Purchase the Blood Lake Special Edition DVD here. Blood Lake is the most fascinating — and…

  • Reviews

    Blood Sisters (1987)

    It begins with garden-variety bullying. A little girl calls a little boy a pervert because he doesn’t have a father (pretty sure she means “bastard,” but the girl is six so…

  • Reviews

    Centipede Horror (1982)

    Every single time it rains, centipedes descend upon my apartment, much like white people heading to Burning Man. If you’ve never seen a centipede, then imagine Eugene Levy’s eyebrows, only with…