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BOOK REVIEW: Cows (2015) by Matthew Stokoe

BOOK REVIEW: Cows (2015) by Matthew Stokoe

I burnt through the pages of Matthew Stokoe’s Cows in a fever fueled by my own disgust, half needing it to end and half wishing it never would. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel filthy just for reading and then demented once you realize you’re enjoying it.

There is nothing else out there like Cows. It’s the most extreme piece of literature I’ve ever read. When I was reading it, at times I needed to cover my eyes or look away, but unlike a movie, it doesn’t just keep playing and when I was inevitably forced to look back, the words were right where I left them, waiting to assault my eyes with more alphabet poison.

The short of it is, a young man named Steven lives in a small flat with his mother aptly called the Hagbeast. Poor Steven has endured nothing but hardship and abuse at the hands of the Hagbeast who has slowly been trying to kill him with bad food his whole life. Now a young man of 25 years, he’s gotten a job at the slaughterhouse and hopes to break free of the torture and squalor and imitate something that resembles a life he’s only ever seen on TV. Upstairs lives a young woman named Lucy, Steven hopes to incorporate her into his new Brady Bunch life. Unfortunately, Lucy is obsessed with the idea that she has a black spot in her body a “poison” that must be found and cut out. This obsession eventually comes to a head and is the final straw that thwarts Steven’s plans of any kind of happiness in the human world.

At the slaughterhouse, he meets a man called Cripps who teaches him the art of killing and how he can be free and strong once he has killed. He begins to believe Cripps and decides his only course of action is to kill his mother. Also, at the plant, he meets a talking cow simply called “the Guernsey” that needs Steven’s help. The Guernsey and other cows that managed to escape slaughter live in tunnels under the city and want to kill Cripps, to get revenge for all the wrongs he’s committed against cows. Revenge and hatred are a common theme throughout the story.

This book has all manner of vile atrocities that Stokoe just keeps hammering you with, but instead of using a hammer he uses a 2×4 and smashes you in the senses with it. Don’t read the book if you can’t handle shit, and I mean a lot of feces. They eat it, get covered in it, walk in it, and there is even a death by shitting down someone’s throat. If you can’t handle animal cruelty, or all types of cruelty for that matter skip this book. If you’re pro-life and can’t stomach a graphic home abortion, then give this one a pass. If however, you’re down with bestiality, rape of just about every kind, child abuse, and lots of bodily fluids, then definitely check out Cows.

Although I’ll never read this one again, I still highly recommend it to extreme cinema and literature lovers. It’s well written, but I honestly could have done without the talking cows and silly ending. It would have had far more impact without them. I still give it a 4/5 for originality and raw brutality.


Posted by Candace Stone in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, BRUTAL REALITY, REVIEWS, 0 comments
A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

In a desensitized world when shock truly does have value, along comes A Serbian Film, and here we are 8 years later still discussing it and reeling from the controversy. It’s a film that has ruined a lot of other films for me, making them seem colorless by comparison.

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If, like me, you’re a fan of A Serbian Film, then you know it’s not something you admit to just anyone or casually discuss at family dinner. I used to find myself constantly on the defense regarding my love of this film, but now I refuse to be. I no longer justify why I like it or why it’s my second favorite movie of all time; I defend the movie itself. Before I get into the reasons why, let’s just quickly go over the movie’s plot and content for those who may not have watched it yet.

Milos, a semi-retired porn star, is struggling to provide for his wife and young son. When Milos’ former co-star comes by and offers him a role in an “art film” being made by a visionary and promising new director, it seems like his troubles are over. So far everything sounds pretty tame, right? Let’s fast forward to after the shooting of the “art film” starts and watch as it begins a downward spiral into depravity that would make the Marquis de Sade blush.

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The areas causing the most controversy are the film’s depiction of child abuse, forcing a minor to watch a sexual act, raping a newborn, and raping a child. There are many other graphic, sexually violent scenes, but the aforementioned really get the censors riled up. For these reasons, the film has been heavily edited and banned in many countries, making an uncut copy somewhat difficult to find. Fear not, however, as Unearthed is releasing an uncut version with tons of extras and a much-anticipated documentary on the film.

Now back to my defense of the movie. It’s often assumed that I will use the same political defense the director Srdjan Spasojevic claims. Spasojevic insists he spent years trying to perfectly put on film how it felt to grow up in the midst of a very chaotic time in Serbia. He states that the infant rape and necrophilia show how the government rapes its citizens from birth until after death. Spasojevic also states, “this is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government”. Although these are not the reasons why I support the film, they were successful in getting me to investigate a little further into Serbian politics.

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I personally don’t use the political pretense to justify this movie, and quite frankly I call bullshit. I believe Spasojevic wanted to make a shocking movie and once the backlash came, he used his carefully prepared political statement as a defense. I defend this movie simply because it’s art. Art that makes you really feel something, be it shock, anger, disgust, or horror, forces you to put down the fucking phone and watch. It makes you feel genuine emotions, powerful ones. For that reason alone, A Serbian Film is worth defending and remains one of the most engaging cinematic experiences of my life. I applaud it for pushing boundaries I didn’t even know I had.

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Posted by Candace Stone in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, URBAN DECAY/DYSTOPIAN FUTURES, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Sweet Home (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Sweet Home (2015)



By John Roisland

Sweet Home is a 2015 release I caught on the endless wall on Netflix. One would think there's nothing more romantic than a quiet house to yourself, candlelit dinner for two, in order to celebrate one's birthday... or so one would think.

Sweet Home is a story of the young realtor who decides the old, abandoned, and soon to be condemned apartment building that she is inspecting would be the perfect spot for a romantic evening. She quickly plans to take her boyfriend to the building for a little alone time and birthday candlelight dinner since neither of them can get their roommates out for the evening.

Our young protagonist blindfolds her boyfriend, brings him to the secret location, and then removes the blindfold to reveal the area she has decorated with a throw rug, candles, and a feliz cumpleanos banner.

The evening goes well for the smiling and laughing couple until they exit their apartment and spot three thugs wearing ski masks walking down the hall. As it turns out, the masked figures had just murdered an elderly man who was holding out and refusing to leave the building. Scared, the young couple tries hiding and, of course, make noise and are found out. It then becomes a game of cat-and-mouse. Through accidents and slips during chasing, two of the thugs are eliminated. The third, while trying to punch a hole through a peep hole, gets his hand stuck. Thinking quickly, the young couple inside tie his wrist to a fixture in the apartment and take off.

The third, stuck in the door, uses his cell phone to contact someone obviously very very important. He apologizes profusely for having called and interrupted his evening and asks him to send help.

Moments later a car pulls up and out steps a large man wearing a hooded raincoat and rain boots who enters and chains the door locked from the inside. There is now no escaping from the cleaner! I am here till you this man is straight from Hell with a heart that is cold as ice. A true professional with all the tools of the trade, and not afraid to use them at all.



Watching the young couple from this point on became pretty exciting due to the fast-paced and downright gritty action. I have to admit that there were a couple of unexpected curve balls, and I was pleasantly surprised. Adding the deeply dark character of the cleaner really added an entirely new feel to the film.

I recommend Sweet Home as I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. The only thing that caught me was trying to figure out where the film was really taking place. The woman had a French accent, the old man that was murdered spoke Spanish, her boyfriend is British, and the three thugs sounded Canadian. Other than that, it was a good movie, , so check out.

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

By John Roisland

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2015 brought us the highly-anticipated Old 37, which teamed up two of horror's most iconic actors, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley, to play brothers Jon Roy and Daryl, a couple of psychopaths who have been brought up by a mentally and physically abusive father.

Their sadistic father ran a scrapyard but was also an ambulance driver who enjoyed torturing and murdering victims at accident scenes if he arrived before anyone else. The two brothers often witnessed these acts as they rode along with their father when they were young boys. Through the years, the brothers acquired their father's passion for inflicting pain, eventually also disguising themselves as paramedics and, using their father's old ambulance, began intercepting 911 calls. Usually first on the scene of an accident, Jon Roy and Daryl would take charge of the survivors using the tag line they took from their father(“Don't worry. I'm a paramedic.”) just before brutally murdering their new victim.

On to the main story line.

The movie focuses on a group of affluent teens who enjoy back road automobile racing and playing chicken. All is fine until one day a race turns deadly as they hit and kill a elderly woman getting her mail. Panicked and frightened, the teens flee the scene to avoid responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately for them, the teens are noticed by Jon Roy and Daryl who were pulling out of a nearby lane. Given their psychopathic natures, the brothers wouldn't have cared too much about the hit and run except for one small problem - the victim of the fatal crash was their mother. Devastated, the two brothers begin a campaign to seek out vengeance for their mother's murder.

The movie itself was fun film although I must admit I did expect a few more scenes with Hodder and Mosley doing what they do best...killing! The story revolved around the teens, their popularity, their social life, etc., leaving most of the development of the brothers to flashback and showing precious little of their grown up hobbies.

Before all you die hard Jason Voorhees and Otis Driftwood fans tear me apart, hear me out. I'm a big fan, too. That's why even though I enjoyed Old 37, I was disappointed. I truly expected to see more of these horror legends in the film. Hodder and Moseley did an awesome job together (Sorry Bill, but Kane stole the show!) and really deserved to be on screen more. Without giving away spoilers, I thought the ending was great! Absolutely loved it! I can actually remember getting a huge smile on my face as it happened! This is a must see for fans of Hodder and Moseley.

Keep It Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Collector (2009)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Collector (2009)

By John Roisland

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In 2009, Marcus Dunstan, who brought you such titles as Saw IV and Saw V, brought you his clever game of cat and mouse, The Collector. This 90 minute sleeper, released by Vivendi and Genius Entertainment, unfortunately didn't do much at the box office, but was a bit of a hit with the rental market and with me!

Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises , The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) stars as Arkin, an ex-con turned handy man who is trying to make good in life as well as make good to the loan shark that his wife racked up some hefty bills with while trying to stay afloat while Arkin was in the joint. Arkin offers to settle up by doing a job in his wealthy client’s home since he and his family are preparing to leave for a family vacation.

Both parties agree, but unfortunately for our star, someone has laid claim to this house first. Only difference is, this guy’s not there to rob them of jewelry; he robs them of lives. The Collector, played by Juan Fernandez (A Man Apart), has already settled in and transformed the house into a giant booby-trap full of torturous devices making it nearly impossible to escape.

Arkin arrives at the house to steal his new wealth, when he comes across the homeowners who are being held captive...in a giant foot locker. They warn him of the intruder and try to sneak out only to find themselves encountering deadly trap after deadly trap. You see, our new found collector, collects bodies. Tortures, murders, keeps them for his...collection.

I will say that there is a feeling of the Saw series present in the film. Even though this may not be as over the top or action packed as Saw, and sometimes it gets kinda slow, they did a good job with it. The film and lighting captured the feel of desperate people caught in their own home transformed into traps as well as the feel of The Collector’s driving need to collect. Some of the torture scenes were pretty original and gory. I have got to give props when they are due. While having a good blood and gore level, the film still held a nice atmosphere of suspense for its audience.

The film I thought ended perfectly into the ending credits...yes, also leaving it open for a sequel, that I'd rather not even discuss!

This one is a great watch. It keeps your interest without overdoing it. The acting, while maybe not being spot on by all of the cast, most still give a worthy performance. I do certainly enjoy this film, and suggest that if you haven't checked it out, that you do so!

Posted by John Roisland in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments

MOVIE REVIEW: Revenge Is Her Middle Name (2011)

By Travis Love

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Directed by Anthony Matthews and released in 2015 on Unearthed Films Revenge is Her Middle Name tells the story of a calculative downtrodden hooker named Kat, who has plans of changing her life for the better by any means necessary. Unfortunately for Kat, her pimp doesn't hand out a severance package or 4-Ho-1k to hos that betray him. What follows is an unbridled ride full of twists and turns and a few tricks pulled by the whore with a bloodlust for gore.

The plot line is as follows:
1.) Kat discovers that after countless tries she's finally become pregnant with the assistance of her dope fiend boyfriend.
2.) They formulate a plan to rob Kat's pimp to keep themselves in drugs, upon robbing her pimp Kat backstabs her boyfriend and bolts for a better life.
3.) Her pimp catches up to Kat after a some time and his posse has an all-you-can-rape buffet leaving Kat broken, bleeding, and childless.
4.) Kat begins to hunt down each member of her pimp's posse and dishes out her gruesome revenge Costco bulk style leading to her eventual main target...her pimp.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the gritty depression of Combat Shock and the unmerciful brutality of I Spit On Your Grave hooked up, and bumped genitals on a soiled mattress in a seedy alleyway? Well this movie is totally the bastard love child of that hump session in the best way possible! Every bit as dirty as it is bloody, the film leaves you feeling tainted by its unbelievable filthy sexiness, but begs you not to use protection so that you can enjoy the feeling (oh and you will!).

If anything can be said of 'Revenge is Her Middle Name' it's that it wins the hearts of Revenge film aficionados like a hooker shooting ping pong balls out of her ham wallet at a bachelor party, it makes you stare at it in awe and bewilderment. The story is filled with unapologetic risqué dialog that is every bit as enjoyable as the violence. During the rape scene you feel the tension building to the boiling point that will eventually explode into a tidal wave of epic revenge!

Anthony Matthews is definitely a talent to watch as his writing finds something often missing in indie cinema, actual plot twists. So many times during the film it directs you to one conclusion but immediately finds betrayal or hidden facts that don't come into play until later..or sometimes until the very end of the film. It's amazing when a film doesn't just give you all facts in a linear fashion, but leaves surprises and story arks to keep you on your toes.

The violence unleashed upon Kat's transgressors is completely bloody and cathartic as she dispatches her own brand of twisted justice. Sometimes dehumanizing and humiliating her victims before slitting their throats cold and void of any emotion but rage. The glory hole scene alone will have you covering your mouth in the grandest "Holy fucking shit!" moment ever. Horror nerd boners will be bountiful upon watching this film.

In conclusion Revenge is Her Middle Name has to be hands down one of my personal favorites to be released this year. If revenge films are your jam then you owe it to yourself to find this film and love it to death like that hamster you wouldn't quit petting in grade school. To quote Kat's pimp, "Blood and semen will spray in a frenzy of revenge", and I loved every minute of it!

Rating: 9/10

-Travis

Posted by Alan Smithee in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
BREAKING: 4chan Serial Killer

BREAKING: 4chan Serial Killer

Help Catch the 4chan Serial Killer

By Woofer McWooferson

The English-language imageboard 4chan is well known for allowing its posters anonymity and for having the hard core assholes drawn to the ability to post anonymously. Perhaps the most notorious 4chan board is /b/, the random board. It is exactly what it sounds like: random.

In August 2015, a poster indicated that he had killed several women and would post pictures of these women if anyone could guess their names. He further indicated that the first picture was a freebie because her name was a bit unusual and unlikely to be guessed.

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"I have killed several women for pleasure. If you can guess a name I will upload a picture. If you can guess a name of any of these women I will upload their photo. no more than ten names per post. Any more than that will be ignored. Some are Polaroids and others were taken with a disposable camera. I also have pictures of them before death when I was able to do so. If you guess all of the names I will show you where I dumped a body in 1999. The first one is free as her name is unlikely to be guessed."

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/b/ users of course thought it was a joke as the board is known for people posting crap. Also, since the timestamp was wrong and the poster indicated that he had not always used a Polaroid, /b/ users piled on to call the poster a fag in between guessing names. However, she has since been identified as Shauna Maynard, a young lady killed in Las Vegas, NV in the late 90s.

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Not long afterwards, someone guessed one of the names and another picture followed.

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Once again, /b/ users were skeptical, but they were also alarmed at this point. Another post and pictures followed.

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/b/ users became alarmed enough to contact the FBI.

YouTuber Gloomy House made a video about this which you can see here.

Uncensored pictures of the victims can be found on the Internet.

On September 22, 2015, the poster came back but this time with images of a male. The first was labeled “dying, dying” and the second “dead”. According to this user, he would be back in one month (October 22nd) to finish the game but might need to find a more secure site since 4chan keeps removing his posts.

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YouTuber Lazy Masquerade, who discussed the first posting in his video 9 Deeply Disturbing 4chan Posts, made a video regarding the update can be seen here.

Uncensored pictures can be found on the Internet.

These do not look like crime scene photos. The quality is wrong and there are no markers for identification, either of size or location. For these reasons, HOTS believes this person to be truthful about being a killer. Therefore, if you have any information about these, please contact the proper authorities. As indicated before, the FBI has been notified.

Posted by Alan Smithee in BRUTAL REALITY, HORROR NEWS, 7 comments