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  • 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…

  • Reviews

    Unhinged (1982)

    In 1972, progressive dad-rockers Yes went on tour to promote their album Close to the Edge. This tour marked the first time that keyboardist Rick Wakeman would wear a sequined Dracula…

  • Reviews

    Lost Faith (1983)

    Lost Faith is written by Joel D. Wynkoop, directed by Joel D. Wynkoop, produced by Joel D. Wynkoop, edited by Joel D. Wynkoop, and stars Joel D. Wynkoop. It also stars…

  • Reviews

    Narco Satanico (1984)

    Diff’rent Strokes was a 1980s sitcom about a white guy named Phillip Drummond who adopts two black kids named Willis and Arnold Jackson. Most people are familiar with the show’s famous…

  • Reviews

    G.B.H. (1983)

    Cliff Twemlow is many things. He is first and foremost a bouncer. He is also a stuntman. And a generous lover. And an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, composer, and novelist. He…

  • Reviews

    Black River Monster (1986)

    Black River Monster opens with this onscreen message: “This production was filmed in its entirety, using all natural settings, at the Black River Farm and Ranch in Croswell, Michigan, an operating…

  • Reviews

    Copperhead (1983)

    Copperhead is a movie for people who really, really hate snakes. It’s also a movie for people who really, really love guns. It’s also a movie for people who really, really…

  • Reviews

    Blood Brothers (1989)

    There is no greater horror sub-genre than the one known as “shitty kids.” And no shitty kids are shittier than the shitty kids in Blood Brothers. In the sun-bleached wasteland known…

  • Reviews

    Mind, Body, & Soul (1992)

    Wings Hauser is a god among men. A hero. A legend. A king. He is also a criminal defense attorney going up against a satanic cult that’s responsible for grisly human…

  • Reviews

    Satan War (1979)

    It is an indisputable fact that Satan War is the greatest title in motion picture history next to Violent Shit. It is also an indisputable fact that someone in Satan War…