666 Lols for Satan: Satanic Panic
Sure, on paper the idea of a satanic cult hell-bent on sacrificing a virgin sounds terrifying, but the September release Satanic Panic took it one step further and made it fun too.
Directed by Chelsea Stardust and written by Grady Hendrix, the film walks a tightrope of horror and comedy as pizza delivery woman, Sam, tries to escape the clutches of a bloodthirsty cult lead by Rebecca Romijn.
I’m always thankful for a good laugh, but Satanic Panic kept the giggles coming fast and furious with a ridiculous cameo by Jerry O’Connell and a magically weird supporting performance by Arden Myrin.
Extra special thanks to Fangoria for bringing us all these satanic lols (and for being back in print; yes I know that happened last year but it’s still so awesome).
The Year of the King: Stephen King
Whether it’s books, movies or TV, the work of Stephen King is pretty much unavoidable no matter the year. The man has been a nightmare factory for decades, but this year, in particular, has been filled with fantastic examples of his brand of fear.
Not only did we get the thrilling conclusion to the strange happenings in Derry with It: Chapter Two, we also got the chance to return to the Overlook Hotel and the story of Danny Torrence in Doctor Sleep. Both films received huge critical acclaim and delighted Constant Readers (or in this case Constant Viewers) everywhere.
But King wasn’t just present on the big screen. The prolific writer’s novella, In the Tall Grass, co-written with his son Joe Hill, was released on Netflix on October 4, and his newest novel The Institute dropped in September.
With all his success, King could stop tomorrow and not a single goblin or ghoul could blame him, but he just keeps going strong. And for that, we should all be thankful.