About 12 years ago I first discovered extreme horror films after watching Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 extreme horror film Cannibal Holocaust (RIP to an absolute icon). I was hooked. Never had I ever felt such emotions from something that wasn’t real, minus the real animal bits. At the time I was studying journalism at University and really wanted to get into writing about horror, and the horror community more generally. So I set up a Twitter and started tweeting about my love for these strange movies. One of my dreams was to one day get published at the world’s biggest horror magazine, FANGORIA.
Fast forward to now… I have been working in the film industry for some time but never had to balls to pitch to anywhere big. But I took the plunge, and guess what? I finally achieved my goal of getting published in FANGORIA with an article looking at what I like to call ‘mainstream extreme’ horror films and how disturbing content in films has become more on-trend in 2022… Have a read below of my first ever piece in FANGORIA!
Bleak and hopeless family holidays, modern-day Nazis disguised as middle-class moms, a spreading sickness of violence, and depraved clowns dismembering the innocent – 2022 has been a year filled with horror overstepping boundaries. Extreme cinema has always been considered a niche within the horror world, built only for the darkest minds and bravest souls. Horror movies such as Srdjan Spasojevic’s A Serbian Film or Tom Six’s The Human Centipede 2 have never been what horror fans would consider popular and for good reason. Watching scenes of necrophilia, rape, child abuse, and extreme violence are beyond the taste of most. So why have we seen an uprise in disturbing horror films that have accumulated mass appeal?
Interested in reading the rest of the article? You can head to FANGORIA to read Mainstream Extreme: How 2022 made “disturbing” popular.