At Fanbyte, David Murrieta considers the way Blasphemous might provide new ways of looking at difficulty in video games. “The aesthetic approach to difficulty can do away with the idea of ‘challenge’ and attempt, in the spirit of Blasphemous, to account for as many fortunes as possible, not […]
Friend of the Gutter Sara Century looks at Nunsploitation. “Evil nuns exist in movies at least as far back as the silent film Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. Now considered a masterpiece of the silent era, the film initially polarized audiences, in no small part due to scenes […]
SF/F Editor Keith Allison is engaged in a top secret mission abroad, so this month we’ll be sharing his meditation on folk horror and Penda’s Fen. ~~~ Mentally unpacking Penda’s Fen, a 1974 entry in the BBC’s “Plays for Today” series of television movies tackling controversial subjects often […]
The Gutter’s own Carol writes about The Golden Bough, Margaret Murray unwrapping mummies, Lord Summerisle’s hair, the reason for the season, and how sex and naps could save your life in The Wicker Man for Teleport City: “The moral of this story might be that sex and naps […]
The Paris Review shares some of cartoonist Roz Chast’s intriguingly painted Easter eggs. See more at her website.
A video tribute to interactive VCR games including: Nightmare (1991), The Fisherman VCR Bible Game (1989), Rich Little’s Charades (1985), Wayne’s World VCR Game (1992), Star Trek: The Next Generation VCR Game (1995) and Skull and Crossbones (1988). (Thanks, Beth!)