Billie Wood

Billie is a horror obsessed writer with a love of Giallo, Vincent Price, and any horror movie set in the West. She can't wait to tell you about how Videodrome is a sci-fi horror love letter to trans girls like her.

Fantasia Film Festival 2020: Pepe The Frog And ‘Feels Good Man’ – Movie Review

In Celtic folklore, faeries would often sneak their children into human households by disguising them as infants. They would steal the baby from the crib and slip their own offspring in its place. The deceiving faerie baby is known as a Changeling. Imagine the horror of those parents. They create …

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Fantasia Film Festival 2020: ‘Clapboard Jungle’ Moviemaking Documentary Review

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As a child, I had no idea that movies had creators. I grasped the idea of books and stories being the work of an author, and I could imagine them typing away at a typewriter the way my mom or dad would sit and type for their day jobs, or …

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BHFF 2019: Carlen May-Mann’s ‘The Rat’ (2019) And Its Gnawing Sense of Dread

The horror genre has a fascination with teens. Whether werewolf, ghost, masked killer or clown, the threat always comes for teenagers first if it can. I believe the teen is most often burned on horror’s bier because of their uncertainty. They are children in many ways, but on the cusp …

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BHFF 2019: The Flavorful Fear In ‘Bakemono’ Horror Short Review

With Stranger Things, Tigers Are Not Afraid, (read our reviews here and here) and It (read our reviews here and here), people are rediscovering the terrifying magic of being a child. More than being vulnerable, the willingness in children to believe in the fantastical creates a grounded atmosphere for nightmares to …

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BHFF 2019: Meredith Alloway’s ‘Deep Tissue’ Is a Sensory Dream… Or Nightmare

Presented as part of the Home Invasion Block of shorts at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019, Meredith Alloway’s short film, Deep Tissue, is an opulent, charged film about the exploration of sensation and the power of human touch. We open on Liv (Alloway: Mutt 2017) in a motel room, in …

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Review: ‘The Deeper You Dig’ Is A Thrilling Indie Family Affair

You don’t need to believe in the paranormal to feel haunted. Ghosts, by and large, represent the restless, buried things in life, be they personal secrets like the spectral women of Crimson Peak, warning the new young bride lest she suffer the same fate, or larger, societal sins like the …

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Fantastic Fest 2019: Mattie Do’s ‘The Long Walk’ Journeys Deep Into the Broken Heart of Grief

The tagline for Tobe Hooper’s classic horror film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre asks “Who Will Survive, and What Will Be Left of Them?” While the marketers behind the line literally refer to the chainsaw mutilations and slaughterhouse gore of Leatherface’s exploits, they inadvertently got to the central question of all …

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Movie Review: ‘Blood Machines’ Is A Synthy, Feverish Space Adventure

There’s something about synth music… the low, humming electronic tones immediately rocket the listener into the future. Not only the future, but the dreams of people living in the future. The music feels otherworldly, powering the films of John Carpenter, the music of Kielen King, and now the new 50-minute …

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‘The Pining’ (2019) Movie Review

There’s a strong aesthetic connection between horror movies and musicals. Both genres balance the demands of storytelling with the expectations of a certain kind of spectacle. Also, they can only achieve some degree of success by honoring either story or exhibition, rather than both. A good horror movie can have …

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