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The Wolf Man: Interview with Historian David J. Skal

Among the various depictions of the werewolf, one of the most recognizable monsters in pop culture, the one portrayed in Universal Studios’ The Wolf Man has become the template and arguably the most influential in cinematic history. Horror historian and author of Hollywood Gothic and The Monster Show David J. Skal shares how The Wolf Man came to be, the influence of Lon Chaney Jr. on the film, and the use of symbolism in it. Justina Bonilla: Every classic Universal monster has a special connec

El Vampiro: 65th Anniversary Interview with Film Historian Dr. David Wilt

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of one of the most influential classic horror movies of Mexican cinema, El Vampiro. El Vampiro follows Marta, a young woman who returns to her beloved family’s hacienda, only to find it isolated and dilapidated. Soon, Marta’s love for her family and their hacienda makes her the target of the undead. The first of six horror films produced by actor Abel Salazar, El Vampiro is recognized as the film that ignited the Mexican ho

Zoot Suit: Interview with Writer/Director Luis Valdez

The groundbreaking film Zoot Suit is one of the most significant Latino films in American cinematic history. Brought to life by director and writer Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit combines two major events in 1940s Chicano (Mexican-American) history, the Sleepy Lagoon murder, and the Zoot Suit Riots, to highlight the monumental significance these events had on the early Civil Rights Movement, through the eyes of the Chicano experience. Valdez, who’s regarded as “The Father of Chicano Theatre”, is the mo

Interview: 80th Birthday Celebration with Julie Corman

Julie Corman, veteran independent film producer, celebrates her 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the first movie she produced, Boxcar Bertha, the feature-length film debut of director Martin Scorsese. Corman, with over 30 film credits as a producer, has made a name for herself producing a wide variety of independent movies from family fare (The Dirt Bike Kid) to cult-horror classics (Chopping Mall) to 1980s comedies (Saturday the 14th). She and her husband, Roger Corman, have produced

Interview: Film Historian David J. Skal 70th Birthday Celebration with Frankenstein

In honor of the 70th birthday of David J. Skal, filmmaker, novelist, and highly regarded classic horror authority, we celebrate this major occasion with an interview with Skal regarding Universal’s iconic horror movie Frankenstein. Skal, who authored Hollywood Gothic and Turner Classic Movies’ Fright Favorites, also produced, wrote, directed, and hosted the special feature documentaries accompanying the classic Universal monster films on the special edition Blu-rays and DVDs. As a prominent hor

Eli Roth 50th Birthday Celebration: Hostel

Note: This article contains spoilers for Hostel. In celebration of innovative horror director Eli Roth’s 50th birthday, we analyze the unique influence his groundbreaking film Hostel had on Latin horror cinema and Latino American horror audiences. Latin horror, a subgenre of both Latin cinema and horror, currently does not have a concrete definition, but for the purposes of this article, it will be defined as “a horror film with a Latino or Latinos in a major position of influence, in front of

Con Su Pluma En Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano: Interview with Brendan Bubion

Gustavo Arellano, critically acclaimed and groundbreaking journalist, author, and Orange County native, has become the topic of the new short documentary film, Con Su Pluma en Su Mano: The Ballad of Gustavo Arellano. Directed by Chapman University graduate student Brendan Bubion, the film highlights Arellano’s career, from an unexpected introduction to journalism to becoming one of the top journalists of Orange County. Arellano described Bubion as “[a] delight to work with and willing to work

To Sir, With Love: Sidney Poitier (1927-2022)

Sidney Poitier, the deeply beloved trailblazing Academy Award-winning actor, director, political activist, and ambassador, passed away on January 7th. Poitier was one of the most iconic film talents and American cultural influences in the second part of the twentieth century. His remarkable career spanned over seven decades. Before Poitier graced the silver screen, he began acting on the stage with the American Negro Theatre. Through the American Negro Theatre, he landed the lead role in a Broa

Saturday the 14th: Interview with Producer Julie Corman

The cult classic horror-comedy Saturday the 14th, celebrates its 40th anniversary, as a zany love letter to classic 1930s and 1940s horror films. Directed by Howard R. Cohen, and produced by Julie Corman, Saturday the 14th follows a family who inherits an old home, unknowing that it hides a powerful book, wanted by monsters and monster hunters alike. Julie has been a film producer for nearly fifty years. She began her career producing films for the distribution company she and her husband, Rog

History of Horror

The critically praised and fan-favorite horror documentary series Eli Roth’s History of Horror, from AMC, made its season three premiere on October 1, 2021. The showrunner for Eli Roth’s History of Horror, Kurt Sayenga, is an established television documentary series director, writer, and executive producer, who’s best known for the science television documentary programs Through the Wormhole, Microkillers, Origins: The Journey of Mankind, and Breakthrough. Sayenga is a film buff and dedicated

6 Must-See Denzel Washington Performances

As part of our Filmmakers of Cannes 2021 series, we will be screening Malcom X this week, directed by this year’s President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury, Spike Lee. A visually striking biopic from the pioneering director, the film stars Denzel Washington as the revolutionary Black leader and thinker. Washington, of course, is an icon of modern Hollywood, with his signature bold and passionate acting style. Just recently, The New York Times honored Washington as the #1 actor on its list of “

Justina Bonilla's Top 10 Favorite Richard Donner Productions

On July 5, 2021, director Richard Donner passed away at 91 years old. He left behind a massive legacy of films and television shows spanning from 1960 to 2016. His diverse work varied from beloved films such as The Goonies to the influential classic TV series The Twilight Zone. With so many projects, this list includes my favorite television episodes and films that Donner directed. #5 Wagon Train, “The Bettina May Story” While on a wagon train from the East Coast to California, matriarch Bett

The Decline of Western Civilization: 40th Anniversary Interview with Penelope Spheeris

1981 was a diverse year for cinema history, with such classics as The Evil Dead, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Time Bandits, and The Fox and the Hound hitting theaters that year. Among these films celebrating their 40th anniversary is the rebellious and radical punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization. Directed and produced by Penelope Spheeris, the trailblazing documentary filmmaker exposed the world to the artistic, social, and cultural significances of the Los Angeles punk music scene

Top 10 A Nightmare on Elm Street Death Scenes

In honor of our upcoming June 5th A Nightmare on Fourth Street fundraising marathon–featuring eight films from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise–we’re taking a look at 10 iconic kills from this beloved slasher horror franchise, examining the most unique, gruesome, and, at times, comical deaths of the original series A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Unlike other victims on this list, you don’t see Glen (Johnny Depp in acting debut) die. Freddy’s claws come up from underneath Glen and dra

AAPI Heritage Month: Oscar Pioneers

In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we list the trailblazing Asian and Pacific Islander talents throughout Oscar history, highlighting the winners and nominees of each category. The films are dated by year of release in the United States. Best Picture: Winners: 2019: Parasite – Bong Joon-Ho & Kwak Sin-ae 2020: Nomadland – Chloé Zhao Nominees: 1986: A Room with a View – Ismail Merchant 1989: Born on the Fourth of July – A. Kitman Ho 1991: JFK – A. Kit

10 Horror Movies to See From 1960

1960 was a monumental year for the horror genre. Considered as cinematic classics, heavily influencing and setting the creative standard for subsequent entries in the second half of the 20th century, and well into the 21st century, here is a list of 10 films every horror fan should see. 10. Blood and Roses A lesser-known French and Italian collaborative film, known for its stunning visuals and cinematography, Blood and Roses is cited as a paradigm of early European horror. A bitter heiress

10 Horror Essentials From 1980

1980 was an amazing year for groundbreaking and entertaining Horror films. In honor of the 40th anniversary of The Frida drive-in screening of The Shining on November 27th, we’re gonna highlight ten Horror films every fan of the genre should see. The Slasher film classic heavily inspired the popular 90’s Horror franchise I Know What You Did Last Summer. A group of teens who accidentally killed a fellow classmate as young children are being stalked by a masked killer as they get ready for their

10 Spike Lee Joints to See

In honor of the newly released Spike Lee joint Da 5 Bloods, here are ten other unique Spike Lee Joints, you should see. A tale of how an interracial relationship built on heat, A.K.A. “jungle fever”, affects not only the couple but everyone around them. Flip (Wesley Snipes), a married black man, begins an affair with his new secretary Angie, a white woman. Further complications hit the couple when they face harsh scrutiny for being in a mixed relationship, from both sides, forcing them to reeva

10 Must Watch LGBT+ Comedies

Celebrating Pride 2020 safely at home, we take a look at 10 LGBT+ comedy films that are as diverse as the community itself. A special thanks to Frida Board Member Atalia Lopez and Frida volunteer Dina Bdaiwi for their advising contributions for the films on this list. Based on the Off-Broadway play, this indie rom-com evaluates how love can come from unexpected places. Jessica has been on a series of awful blind dates and fears that she will never find her special someone. After Jessica meets H

7 Popular Films that are Surprisingly Rated PG

When many of us think of PG-rated movies, we tend to think of more family-oriented films; your E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, and Hook-type fare that appeal to adults and children alike. However, before the introduction of the PG-13 rating on July 1, 1984, many films were surprisingly labeled with a PG rating, including films with killer animals, infidelity, child slavery, and even suicide. For years, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) only had G, PG, R and X ratings. The
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Justina's Favorites of 2022

Horror in 2022 has been amazing from films to streaming shows and everything in between. For me, horror was a great year for foreign horror, documentaries, and new horror-themed adventures. Piggy: My favorite horror film of 2022 is the Sundance 2022 Midnight selection Piggy. Taking place in an isolated small Spanish village, here Sara, a Plus-size teenager is constantly being bullied by a trio of local girls. One day, when the trio almost drowns Sara, a strange man kidnaps the trio right in fro

ALUCARDA: 45th Anniversary Interview with Film Historian Dr. David Wilt

Alucarda is the trailblazing cult classic of Mexican horror cinema, directed by Juan López Moctezuma, is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Set in 1865, Alucarda follows two teenage girls, Alucarda (Tina Romero) and Justine (Susana Kamini), in a Catholic orphanage that quickly creates an intense bond. As their bond rapidly becomes an obsessive romantic relationship, they are thrown into a whirlwind of bloodshed, demonic possession, satanic worship, and vampirism. Drawing heavily from the Avant-

Vix+ Streaming Releases Three New Original Horror Films: MEXZOMBIES, EL VESTIDO DE LA NOVIA, PRESENCIAS

As interest rises in America for Mexican horror, many streaming services are streaming new Mexican horror films, including Vix+. Vix+, the largest Spanish-language streaming service, owned by TelavisaUnivision, has released three new original Mexican horror films, for fans of Spanish-language horror. These films vary from creepy supernatural to a slow-burn family tragedy, to a zombie rollercoaster ride. While getting ready for a Halloween party, a zombie apocalypse explodes in a private gated

Interview with Shudder’s THE 101 SCARIEST HORROR MOVIE MOMENTS OF ALL TIME Showrunner Kurt Sayenga

Shudder’s new original documentary series The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time takes viewers on a roller coaster ride of unforgettable and bone-chilling scenes from iconic horror films classic and new. Horror historian, documentary filmmaker, and showrunner Kurt Sayenga, fresh off of his success as showrunner and executive producer of the fan-favorite Eli Roth’s History of Horror, takes viewers into a deeper analysis of these 101 creepy scenes, their films, the craft behind these s

Interview with AMERICAN REFUGEE Stars Erika Alexander and Derek Luke

American Refugee, the upcoming Blumhouse Television horror thriller film premiering on December 10th on EPIX & available for Digital Purchase via Paramount Home Entertainment, examines how the greatest danger can be those closest to you. Directed by Ali LeRoi, American Refugee shows a modern America where the economy has collapsed, leading to mayhem and anarchy. The Taylor family, headed by Greg (Derek Luke) and Helen (Erika Alexander), must take shelter with their children in their mysterious

WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Interview with THE MANOR Executive Producers Sandy King and Richard J. Bosner

The Manor, one of the four films of the Amazon Studio and Blumhouse Television series Welcome to the Blumhouse, features a strong backbone of producers, including horror veteran producer Sandy King and horror newcomer Richard J. Bosner. King established herself in film as a script supervisor on a wide variety of films, including Sixteen Candles. She’s best known for her collaboration with horror icon John Carpenter, in multiple roles as an executive producer, producer, and script supervisor for

WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Interview with MADRES Director Ryan Zaragoza

Our fourth and final Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television Welcome to the Blumhouse directorial interview series, interviews the director of Madres, a hauntingly disturbing tale from the 1970s, based on true events. Madres, directed by Ryan Zaragoza, goes back in time to a small 1970s California migrant community, where Beto (Tenoch Huerta) and Diana (Ariana Guerra), a young Mexican American couple are planning to start their new family. However, as strange symptoms and blood-chilling visions

WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Interview with THE MANOR Director Axelle Carolyn

Part three of our Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television Welcome to the Blumhouse directorial interview series interviews the director of The Manor, as she reveals the film’s horror roots and eerie happenings. The Manor, directed by Axelle Carolyn, reveals the struggle that Judith (Barbara Hershey) has as she adjusts to the new life in a nursing home, while a supernatural force is terrorizing the elderly residents. Despite Judith’s pleas for help, it's up to her to find out what is attacking h

WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Interview with BINGO HELL Director Gigi Saul Guerrero

Part two of our Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television Welcome to the Blumhouse directorial interview series interviews the director of Bingo Hell, who reveals just how blood-thirsty seniors can get over their beloved bingo game. Bingo Hell, directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, shows the unwanted gentrification of the Oak Springs barrio on its older residents, especially Lupita (Adriana Barraza), who calls it home. Soon a mysterious force takes over their beloved bingo hall, thrusting into a battle

WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Interview with BLACK AS NIGHT Director Maritte Lee Go

Welcome to the Blumhouse, the thrilling horror film series from Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television makes its highly anticipated part two debut for the Halloween 2021 season. In this four-part interview series, we interview the four directors of part two, who put the bloody in bloody good time. They share their passion for filmmaking, along with the gory details of creating horror cinema. Black as Night, directed by Maritte Lee Go, follows the 15-year-old Shawna (Asjha Cooper), and her bes

10 Must-See Contemporary Mexican Horror Films

Since 1933, Mexico has been a major pioneering force in Latin American horror cinema. In contemporary times, Mexican horror has blossomed into a diverse array of horror subgenres including paranormal, art house, independent, social-political, and extreme. For those inspired to explore what Mexican horror has to offer, this film list is a beginner’s guide to contemporary Mexican horror, featuring films by art-house cinema icon Alejandro Jodorowsky, the Oscar-winning monster maker Guillermo del T

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FrightFest Guide: Vampire Movies with Author Nathaniel Thompson

Since 2017, the FrightFest Guide book series has become an essential guide for horror and film fans alike. Published by FAB Press and part of the UK’s largest horror and genre movie film festival FrightFest, is the latest book of the FrightFest Guide series FrightFest Guide: Vampire Movies. This extensive 200 vampire film guide with numerous honorable mentions, is a bloody good time. It gives readers an amazing diversity of vampire films from the essentials to classics, to international, and th

Professor Jonathan Risner Discusses Argentinian Horror

In recent years, Argentina has become fertile ground in Latin America for contemporary horror films and filmmakers. Among the notable recent Argentine horror films include Terrified, Virus-32, The Last Matinee, and History of the Occult. Argentine horror talent has also influenced American horror cinema, most notably, the sister and brother duo Barbara and Andrés Muschietti, who produced and directed IT, the current highest-grossing horror film of all time. Documenting the history and rise of c

Hispanic Heritage Month: Interview with ¡Uy Que Horror! Podcast Co-Host Jonathan Atkinson and Aileen Clark

As the cultural influence and mainstream popularity of Latinx horror icons Guillermo del Toro and Robert Rodriguez continues to grow, many horror fans, especially Latino horror fans, are curious about the roots of Latinx horror, especially in the United States and Latin America. Wanting to explore the diversity of Latinx horror, dedicated horror fans and childhood friends turned co-host Jonathan “Jonny” Atkinson and Aileen Clark, created the Latinx horror podcast ¡Uy Que Horror!. With over 100

The Accursed: Interview with Film’s Composer Émoi

The new eerie horror film The Accursed, embodies the feel of the classic slow-burn 1960s horror, setting its creepy tale deep in the American South. Directed by Kevin Lewis, who also directed the 2021 Nicolas Cage horror-comedy Willy’s Wonderland, again collaborated with Willy’s Wonderland composer Émoi to bring an unnerving, yet intense feel to The Accursed. This haunting score creates an environment that leads audiences to experience what sounds and feels like the opening of hell. Though bes

Hispanic Heritage Month Interview with Trash-Mex Blog Founder Armando Hernandez

Celebrating Latin horror for Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight the creepy and strange cult horror of Mexico with the cult film blog Trash-Mex. Trash-Mex, since 2010, has cataloged and brought to English-speaking audiences the films of Mexican cult cinema and its unique history, including the lesser-known gems of Mexican cult horror cinema. Speaking with Trash-Mex founder and writer Armando Hernandez, he shares with us his inspiration to start the blog, the uniqueness of Mexican horror, and

NIGHT CALLER Is A Bloody Love Letter To Giallo

Directed and written by Chad Ferrin, Night Caller is a devout horror fan’s tribute to the genre, with heavy influences of Giallo, grindhouse films, and the classic slashers of the 1970s and 1980s. Night Caller, starring Susan Priver (Serving Up Richard), Robert Miano (Fast and Furious), Bai Ling (The Crow), and Steve Railsback (Ed Gein), follows telephone psychic operator Clementine (Priver), who’s thrown into a living nightmare when she has visions of a serial killer’s horrific murders. With t

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Meet YouTube’s Impresario of Horror: James A. Janisse

With horror displaying its continued dominance at the box office — Nope, Smile, Scream, Barbarian, Halloween Ends and The Black Phone were all among the top 40 releases of 2022 before M3GAN launched the new year with a $30 million opening — James A. Janisse is eagerly riding the gory wave. The content creator founded the popular YouTube channel Dead Meat in 2017 and saw his subscriber base reach 5.94 million by the end of 2022, up from 4.5 million two years earlier. The content — which includes

Next Big Thing: Carolina Miranda on Her Breakout Telenovelas and Leading Netflix’s Mexican Thriller ‘Who Killed Sara?’

“I enjoy that she’s a very strong woman always looking for the truth despite her family’s objections,” says Carolina Miranda of her 'Who Killed Sara?' character. On Netflix’s Mexican mystery thriller series Who Killed Sara? — which became the streamer’s most popular non-English-language series in the U.S. to date when its first season launched in April — Carolina Miranda stars as the only daughter of the Lazcanos, one of the country’s richest families. She becomes an unlikely ally to Alex (Mano

Art House Movie Theaters Fight On Amid Pandemic

The COVID-19 relief package passed in December is expected to distribute $15 billion for artistic venues, which includes independent movie theaters. Around the greater L.A. area, some small theaters have closed all operations for the duration of the shutdown that began in March, most notably the Vista, the Downtown Independent and the Quentin Tarantino-owned New Beverly Cinema. Here’s how four others are struggling to stay afloat as the National Association of Theatre Owners estimates that 70 pe

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Trailer: ‘Pose’ S3 Begins May 2 – Latin Heat

The critically praised and fan-favorite FX original series Pose, starring MJ Rodriguez, will air its third and final season on May 2, 2021, with the previous seasons available on Netflix. The series, about New York City’s African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming drag ball culture of the 1980’s, was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, who is a proud, openly queer Puerto Rican, and brings all that authenticity to the table. In Pose, Rodriguez stars as Blanc

Trailer: West Side Story – Dec. 10 – Latin Heat

The highly anticipated reimagining of the Oscar-winning groundbreaking American classic film West Side Story will be opening in theaters on December 10, 2021. During the Oscars, Sunday night premiered the first official trailer for 20th Century Studio’s West Side Story. A colorful, visually breathtaking trailer. Directed by the iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner (Lincoln and Munich), this duo is breathing new life into this interracial interpretation of the timeless

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Diego Velasco Talks About the Creation of ‘Latinx Directors’ Database – Latin Heat

In the last few years, audiences have made a substantial call for content from major and independent studios to include ethnic talent in front of and behind the camera. While there is a positive increase in Black talent and content such as Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Judas and the Black Messiah, representation for Latinos is greatly underrepresented. In response to the persistent lack of Latinos directing film and TV projects, directors Alberto Belli (The House of Flowers), Joel Novoa (Arrow)

‘The Forever Purge’ Features a Strong Latino Presence – Latin Heat

The Forever Purge, the final film of the popular The Purge franchise, is scheduled to premiere July 2, 2021. A strong presence of Mexican talent is featured in The Forever Purge both in front and behind the camera, including stars Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta and director Everardo Gout, as well as the Spanish-born, Mexico City-based cinematographer Luis David Sansans. The plot, according to Total Film: “[The Forever Purge] will take place after the events of [The Purge] Election Year (w

Edgar Ramirez Joins Cast of Lionsgate’s ‘Borderlands’ – Latin Heat

Edgar Ramirez has joined the all-star cast of the upcoming film adaption of one of the world’s most popular video games franchises Borderlands. Ramirez will play Atlas, a weapons manufacturing business titan and is regarded as the universe’s most powerful person. Among the cast of impressive talent alongside Ramirez include Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Jamie Lee Curtis. Borderlands will be directed by Eli Roth and written by two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin. Among h

Exclusive: Director Gigi Saul Guerrero Talks Mexican Culture in Horror – Latin Heat

Gigi Saul Guerrero is making a name for herself as director and writer in horror, breaking new ground. Saul Guerrero, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, immigrated to Canada where she earned a B.A. at Capilano University in Motion Picture Production. She co-founded the independent production company, Luchagore. Since launching Luchagore, she has directed and co-written several shorts, including El Gigante and the Crypt TV shorts, A Luchagore Christmas, and Mistress of Bones. She has also dire

Fede Alvarez and David Blue Garcia bring you ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ sequel – Latin Heat

Director Fede Alvarez has confirmed that he will produce a direct sequel to the 70s horror classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which will be coming out later this year. David Blue Garcia will direct. On the Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew Podcast, Alvarez confirmed, “It is a direct sequel. It is old man Leatherface”. He went on to acknowledge that in regards to the use of special effects for the film, “Everything is classic, old school gags. A lot of the approach that we had with Evil Dead –

Full Cast Announced for Blumhouse Television Film ‘Bingo’ – Latin Heat

Bingo, a new film to be featured in the second half of the popular Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios series Welcome to the Blumhouse, has revealed its entire cast, including Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza as its star. The Welcome to the Blumhouse film series follows the Blumhouse signature horror-thriller films, with up-and-coming directors who are female and/or of color. The films also feature diverse casts, blending established and emerging acting talents. Part one of Welcome t

‘Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil’ Documentary Release – Latin Heat

YouTube Originals is set to premiere the exclusive 4-part documentary Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil about 28-year-old singer/songwriter/actress Demi Lovato on March 23, 2021. Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil follows the last three years of Lovato’s life, most notably her near-fatal drug overdose in 2018. This dangerous medical emergency sadly led Lovato to suffer from 3 strokes and heart attack, which left her with brain damage and vision issues. Directed and executive produced by Mic

Johnny Pacheco, ‘The Godfather of Salsa’ Dies at 85 – Latin Heat

Latin music icon, pioneer, and trailblazer Johnny Pacheco has sadly died due to complications of pneumonia on February 15, 2021, in New Jersey. Pacheco was the prolific musical talent, whose monumental professional musical career has spanned nearly seven decades, as a musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader. He is also known as the co-founder and musical director for Fania Records in 1963, alongside lawyer and promoter Jerry Masucci, to promote Latino music. Pacheco, born Juan Azarias Pac

The Cast of ‘Into The Dark’ Season Two Finale to Include Marco Rodriguez – Latin Heat

Marco Rodriguez will be part of the main cast for Blumhouse TV’s Season 2 finale and twenty-fourth installment of the anthology on Hulu Into The Dark, “Blood Moon”, set to premiere March 28, 2021. The lead actors for “Blood Moon” are Megalyn Echikunwoke and Yonas Kibreab. Among the main supporting cast alongside Rodriguez, feature Joshua Dov, Jack Yang, and Gareth Williams. Additional cast includes Jan Munroe, Brian Norris, Danielle Juliet Me, and Patrick W. Day. “Blood Moon” is directed by Emm

Emily Tosta Co-stars Alongside Nicolas Cage in ‘Willy’s Wonderland’ – Latin Heat

Tosta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, first came to prominence in her recurring role as Leticia (Richard Cabral) sister (who soon we learn is really his daughter) on FX’s Mayans M.C. After season two, when Tosta landed a series regular role on Freeform’s reboot of the popular 90’s drama Party of Five it was unclear if we would ever see her back on Mayans M.C. However, Party of Five was canceled after just one season, and almost as if not skipping a beat, she just filmed the first episod

Malcolm and Marie: Cinematic Melodrama – Latin Heat

Netflix’s Malcolm and Marie is a cinematic melodrama, which pulls away the curtain of Hollywood glamour, to reveal the drama of a couple that seemingly has it all. Netflix’s 30 million dollars acquired film features two of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors, John David Washington as Malcolm and Zendaya as Marie, with Sam Levinson as the film’s director, writer, and producer. The behind the camera talent, including cinematographer Marcell Rév, production designer Michael Grasley, and editor Julio

Saldana and Taylor-Joy Join All-Star David O. Russell Film – Latin Heat

Actresses Zoe Saldana and Anya Taylor-Joy are part of the illustrious list of actors who have signed on to Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell’s (American Hustle) new “untitled film” currently filming in Los Angeles. The incredible list of actors attached to this project, is a literal who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights, a comedic legend, and some of Hollywood’s hottest talents. The list includes: Academy award-winning actor Robert De Niro and the versatile Christian Bale. They join two c

‘Malcolm & Marie’ On Its Way To The Oscars – Latin Heat

One of 2021’s first highly anticipated films, Malcom & Marie is set premiere on Netflix on February 5, 2021 following a theatrical run in select theaters in January. Malcolm & Marie is already creating Oscar buzz, thanks to its artistically bold cast both in Infront of and behind the camera. These amazing talents include actors Zendaya (Euphoria, K.C. Undercover) and John David Washington (BlacKKKlansman,Tenet), director Sam Levinson (Euphoria,The Wizard of Lies), cinematographer Marcell Rév (E

Review: ‘We Can Be Heroes’ Holiday Superheroes – Latin Heat

Robert Rodriguez’s superhero, adventure filmWe Can Be Heroes premieres on Netflix on Christmas day. It is a sweet, feel-good family film starring some of Hollywood’s top talent. Texan native, Rodriguez’s directorial debut film El Mariachi earned the distinction of being the lowest-budget movie to make $1 million at the US box office and launched his career in 1993. His cutting-edge visual style seen in his horror (From Dusk till Dawn) and action (Sin City) films, has made Rodriquez one of the m

Colman Domingo Chosen To Shine in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ as Cutler – Latin Heat

Among the extraordinary cast of actors of Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is Colman Domingo who plays Ma Rainey’s bandleader Cutler. He is dazzling in his supporting role. Domingo, born in Philadelphia has been acting for over thirty years. He is an award-nominated and winning actor, director, writer, and producer, in film, television, and the theatre. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Director’s Guild of America. But his work extends beyond Ho

Exclusive: Screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson on The Power of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ – Latin Heat

The highly anticipated Netflix film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom makes its way from its stunning stage production by “The American Shakespeare” August Wilson, to the TV screen with the artistic discipline of Tony Award-winning actor, director, playwright, and screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Santiago-Hudson was born in Lackawanna, New York. He has performed on the stage in numerous productions including Seven Guitars; television (Billions, Lackawanna Blues, The West Wing); and film (Selma, Ameri

‘Knock Knock’ Re-release Surges in Popularity on Netflix – Latin Heat

Five years after its initial release, Knock Knock, which stars Hollywood royalty Keanu Reeves and, at the time, relative newcomers Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo, has gained a resurgence in popularity thanks to Netflix. Netflix released Knock Knock on October 28 and immediately it shot up to the #2 spot on its top ten list of films trending in the United States. Director Eli Roth reacted to this on his Instagram with an ecstatic, “This is incredible.” Adding, “Out of nowhere. Thank you everyone

Gigi Saul Guerrero and Ryan Zaragoza Direct on “Welcome to the Blumhouse’ Series” – Latin Heat

The Welcome to the Blumhouse series, a VOD collaboration between Blumhouse Television and Amazon Prime Video, has announced the next four films to complete its eight-film TV series. Gigi Saul Guerrero (The Purge (TV Series) , La Quinceañera) and Ryan Zaragoza will each direct one of the four films which will be released in 2021. The suspenseful thrillers will continue to highlight female and emerging filmmakers, and diverse casts; and will launch next year on Prime Video in over 240 countries a
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Fright Favorites: Interview with Author David J. Skal

With Halloween quickly approaching, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), is gearing up its classic horror film lineup, with thrills and chills. A book accompanying this popular spooky programming is the celebrated horror film history book Fright Favorites: 31 Moves to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond. Fright Favorites author David J. Skal, who is a highly regarded horror history author and authority of classic horror cinema, shares with us his history as an author, the creative process of creating Frigh

Dracula: A 90th Anniversary Interview with Monster Historian David J Skal

Bonilla: Before Dracula, were there any previous supernatural Hollywood films? Skal: In the history of Hollywood, there had never been a supernatural horror film. There have been scary movies in the silent era. If something spooky, unnatural, or paranormal seems to take place, it always was explained away. It was a plot to steal somebody’s inheritance or that kind of thing. It’s a formula that came from the stage. Dracula was different. Universal Studios was attracted to it when it was founded

Exclusive Interview: ROGER CORMAN on 60th Anniversary of ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’

Bonilla: Did you always have Vincent Price in mind for the role of Nicholas? Corman: Yes, Vincent was my choice for House of Usher. He was really very good at it. We got along very well. I simply said, “I will go with Vincent again”. Bonilla: What was it like working with Vincent? Corman: It was very good working with Vincent on all these Poe pictures. He was a highly intelligent man and had been a leading man when he was younger. But he had never played the handsome, romantic leading man. Th

La Llorona' is most nominated film at 2021 Imagen Awards

Accused of the genocide of Mayan people, retired general Enrique is trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. The nominations for the upcoming 36th annual Imagen Awards, which honors Latino talent in film, TV, and on streaming platforms, features the 2019 Guatemalan horror film La Llorona as its most

Review: The Forever Purge

All The Rules Are Broken All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end. The fifth installment of the wildly popular Purge franchise takes The Purge concept from the city and suburbs to rural Texas, near the Mexican border. As in the previous Purge films, The Forever Purge commentates on current political issues, with this film focusing on issues impacting Latinos in contemporary America. The main ch

Horror Meister Eli Roth 'Jumps the Shark' with his FIN documentary

Hostel director Eli Roth is venturing into real-life horror as a director and executive producer in the shark endangerment documentary film FIN. In Fin, Roth presents the urgent environmental need to stop mass shark killings, which has a greater impact on global environmental health than many are aware of. Many sharks are being killed for their fins for a multitude of uses, including shark fin soup. The documentary also exposes how strong financial incentives, both legal and illegal, are a dri

90th Spanish Drácula anniversary interview with David J. Skal

2021 marks the 90th anniversary of the release of Universal Studio’s two most iconic classic monster films Dracula and Frankenstein. Another Universal Studios film celebrating the 90th anniversary of its cinematic release is the Spanish-language Drácula. And no, that accent mark is not a typographical error, it’s a cultural one. Though highly praised at the time of its 1931 release, the Spanish-language Drácula fell into the shadows of Universal Studio’s past, and sadly, like many older films,

Trailer - Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania

Sony Animation has dropped the trailer for its newest installment of the extremely popular Hotel Transylvania franchise (1, 2, 3), Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania is set to release only in theatres on July 23rd. This will be the final chapter of the franchise, which currently is valued at $1.3 billion dollars. The latest horror comedy is co-directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska. Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania follows Dracula and his extended family, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez)

REVIEW: How 'THE VIGIL' uses Folklore and Tradition to evaluate how we Internalize Trauma

While most horror films explore paranormal horror through a Christian perspective, especially Catholicism, in recent years, there has been an increase in Jewish orientated horror, including Demon (2015), Juda (2017), The Golem (2018), and Hanukkah (2019). Along with this new wave of Jewish horror, The Vigil uses Jewish folklore and tradition to sincerely evaluate how we internalize trauma through a paranormal perspective. Yakov (Dave Davis), is a young man who is struggling to copes with both a

Spain’s acclaimed horror paranormal series hits American screens.

Spain’s wildly popular and critically acclaimed original 8-part horror paranormal series ‘30 Coins‘ has made its way to American screens. 30 Coins or 30 Monedas as it’s known overseas, is the first television show from Álex de la Iglesia to come to America. De la Iglesia is one of the most influential directors of contemporary Spanish horror. He is best known for the horror-comedies ‘The Day of the Beast‘ and ‘Witching & Bitching‘. Each episode of 30 Coins is directed by de la Iglesia, and co-

Review: 'CASTLE FREAK' is a Remake of a Cult Classic

Castle Freak, directed by special effects makeup artist Tate Steinsiek, is a remake of the 1995 cult classic of the same name, heavily influenced by H.R Lovecraft. In keeping with the original film, we follow Americans in a foreign county. This time, it’s a young couple John (Jake Horowitz) and Rebecca (Clair Catherine) at a castle in Albania called the Whateley Castle. John and Rebecca are a hard partying couple, get into a car crash, resulting in Rebecca going blind. John, feeling guilty for

REVIEW: 'FREAKY' is a Killer Fun Time

Freaky is a fun teen comedy slasher horror, combining the fun of the 90’s comedies and horror. Director Christopher Landon has made a name for himself at Blumhouse with successful horror films, such as Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Landon co-wrote ‘Freaky‘ with first time screenwriter Michel Kennedy, best known for co-hosting the horror Podcast Attack of the Queerwolf and for his diverse work on the Seth MacFarlane animated shows Family Guy, Amer

REVIEW: 'HABITUAL' digs deep into the wounds of a real life American Nightmare

In a time of isolation, ‘Habitual‘ justifies how deadly going to the wrong party can be. Habitual, which premiers this Friday the 13th, is the second film and introduction into the horror genre, by director/writer/actor Johnny Hickey. Hickey, known for his first film, the indie crime thriller drama ‘Oxy-Morons‘, introduces audiences to Habitual, showing how horrific the seedy underworld of drugs and its impact on users and those around them. “Anti-Drug bona fides aside, Habitual is no after sc

Kurt Sayenga: The Showrunner and Director behind, “Eli Roth’s History of Horror”

AMC’s highly anticipated second season of the documentary miniseries Eli Roth’s History of Horror, premiered Saturday, October 10th 10/9c. Season one is available to stream on Shudder and AMC+, with the DVD/Blu-ray available now. ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror‘ shares a place in the AMC Visionaries series, which looks to document both the artistic and sociopolitical influences of a highlighted aspects of pop culture, alongside ‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction‘ and ‘Robert Kirkman’s Secr

'Eli Roth’s History of Horror' gets 2nd season at AMC

Masters of horror—icons and stars who define the genre—explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. AMC announced the highly anticipated second season of the horror TV-mini series Eli Roth’s History of Horror, to air on Saturday October 10, 2020 at 10/9c. In season one, each episode covered in-depth, an array of some of the most famous and popular monsters in horror, from Dracula to zombies and killer clowns. Highlighting influential horror

“Murder in the Woods” A Bloody Good Time

Soon after arriving to a mysterious cabin in the woods, a group of teens discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives. According to the 2015 NPR article, “Why Latinos Love Horror Films,” nearly, “…half the box office” of horror film ticket sales comes from Latino moviegoers. With such a hunger for horror films, comes an equally strong desire from this fanbase, to see horror films include Latino characters, filmmakers, and/or storylines. Murder in the Woods, cove

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John Oliver Sheds Light on a Dangerous Reality Many Patients Face

On the August 18 episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” satirist John Oliver discussed the impact bias in medicine can have on people seeking medical care. He went into detail about how gender and/or race can impact a person’s access to appropriate health care and treatment. John emphasized how, for many, these biases can be the difference between life and death. According to the April 24, 2012 article from The Wall Street Journal featured on the show, “women [were] seven times more l

How Food Allergy Families Can Have A Spooky Halloween Without the Candy

Every year, families who have children with food allergies find it challenging to take their children trick-or-treating. The majority of Halloween treats contain common allergens, which can have life-threatening consequences for children with food allergies. While there is an increase in the use of teal pumpkins and giving out allergy-friendly treats, there is still a growing number of children being diagnosed with food allergies and sensitivities every year. Here are some allergy-friendly idea

Finding a Cancer Warrior Anthem in Daddy Yankee's 'Yo Contra Ti'

In August of 2017, famous Porto Rican Reggaeton performer Daddy Yankee released a bilingual anthem for those battling cancer, “Yo Contra Ti (I Against You)” in collaboration with The Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra. Reggaeton is a form of Latin rap that combines hip-hop, Latin and Caribbean music, with lyrics that can be in Spanish and/or in English. To write “Yo Contra Ti”, Daddy Yankee got the source of his inspiration from cancer patients affiliated with SGKPR (the Susan G. Komen Cancer Assoc

Holiday Gift Ideas for a Loved One With Chronic Pain

For those of you who are looking to buy gifts for a loved one with chronic pain, here are some gift ideas from someone with a chronic pain condition (fibromyalgia): During cold days, many people with chronic pain tend to feel increased pain. Warm gifts can help to soothe the pain. Heat pads: Heat pads can vary from typical around-the-neck pads to pads with Velcro that can stay in place. If your loved one likes aromatherapy, some pads come with a lavender scent, which can be very relaxing. Sof

5 Things People Get Wrong About Life With Fibromyalgia

Having fibromyalgia for almost 21 years, I have heard an array of comments about fibromyalgia, from positive to negative. Yet, over the years, I’ve noticed certain comments are reoccurring. While I understand that most people don’t know that much about fibromyalgia, there are still many misconceptions. 1. “You don’t take painkillers, so you must not be in a lot of pain.” As odd as it sounds, I’m allergic to all over-the-counter painkillers, as well as multiple prescription painkillers. I was d

Why I’m Grateful to ‘We Bare Bears’ as Someone With Food Allergies

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education), an organization dedicated to food allergy advocacy and education, 15 million Americans have food allergies. With more children being diagnosed with food allergies every year, it’s important for children to learn about food allergies. But, with the majority of food allergy media and education targeted at adults, it can be difficult for children to understand what food allergies are, how they affect someone, and what to do when someone is ha

The Lady Gaga Song That Reflects My Experiences With My Mom’s Cancer

As a fan of Lady Gaga, I was excited to hear she debuted a new song during her recent Coachella festival performance. When I heard “The Cure” for the first time, it sent chills up and down my spine. I was moved to tears. It reflected my how I felt and what I experienced with my mom’s cancer. In the first and second verses, Lady Gaga sings about helping someone she loves, as she can, whether it’s by helping them undress — “…’cause you’re tired,” or “Rub[bing] your feet, your hands, your legs.” T

The Harmful Myth About Special Olympics Athletes We Must Address

Recently, former California Governor and action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a video with Special Olympians. He captioned the video with “These guys inspire me.” As heartwarming and encouraging as this video is, an internet troll committed on the video, saying “The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best. Having retards [sic] competing is doing the opposite.” Schwarzenegger responded to this spiteful internet tr

10 Tips That Can Help Make Cleaning Easier for Those With Chronic Pain

Having fibromyalgia can make cleaning difficult. For those of us with chronic pain, cleaning can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be our biggest challenge. Here are ten tips you might find make cleaning easier: 1. Know What Your Biggest Challenges Are Some chores are easy for me (cleaning door knobs), while others are challenging (cleaning the stove). By knowing what my challenges are, I can organize my schedule to spend more time accomplishing my more challenging tasks. There are diff

8 Tips for Coping With a Parent’s Cancer Diagnosis While in College

Last year, in the middle of my fall semester, Mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. She needed emergency surgery. Everything was happening so quickly, and I couldn’t tell up from down. Yet, through this turbulent semester, I learned eight ways to cope with Mom’s cancer diagnosis while attending college. When Mom was first diagnosed with cancer, I desperately denied it. I couldn’t bury my head in the sand deep enough. Not accepting the truth hurt me more than accepting the truth. Denial is like

7 Pieces of Advice for College Students With Fibromyalgia Starting a New School Year

For college students with fibromyalgia, great care must be taken to ensure a fulfilling and healthy semester. For me, I found seven ways to handle my college education while having fibromyalgia. Before you take that first step on campus, think about what physical accommodations you will need for the semester. For me, the most physically difficult semester is the fall semester. When the weather is colder, I tend to have more pain and less mobility. The best classes for me during the fall semeste

To the Radiation Treatment for My Mom’s Cancer

When Mom was diagnosed with stage three liposarcoma cancer, her surgeon had to act fast to prevent it from spreading. Mom was immediately put on a cancer treatment plan. A part of that regimen was post-surgical treatment with you, instead of chemotherapy. Since Mom is diabetic and has high blood pressure, it was believed you would be easier on her system. The first radiation specialist Mom saw said, “You won’t feel anything for the first two weeks. Then you might feel some moderate nausea, fati

How We Helped My Brother With Autism Cope With Our Grandfather’s Death

For John, my younger brother with autism, death is his biggest fear. He’s afraid of what will happen when to him after Dad, Mom, Joe (our older brother) and I die. We’ve tried to assure him he will always be taken care of either by a family member or by the state. But his fear of the unknown frightens him to tears. Throughout John’s life, family members have passed away. Since John hardly knew them, their deaths were sad but not emotionally impacting. But this all changed after Grandpa died in

When a School for People With Dyslexia Rejected Me for Being 'Too Dyslexic'

Before I was school age, Mom would read to my older brother and me before bedtime. It was my favorite part of the day. I would imagine the images on the pages, moving to her words. If there were no pictures in the books, I would create my own images and have them move in the ceiling. They were my private movies. When I started to learn the alphabet in school, I couldn’t understand what I was seeing. As everyone was learning how to spell their names, I could barely read mine. It was humiliating.

5 Ways to Better Deal With Fibromyalgia During Your Period

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), it is estimated that 80-90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, are women. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia for men and children is estimated between 10-20 percent. Many women diagnosed fibromyalgia are still able to menstruate, yet there is very little information available for fibromyalgia patients about dealing with their periods. At 6 years old, I started to have fibromyalgia symptoms. By

The Most Important Lesson I Learned After Being Mistreated by Doctors

It’s normal for people to experience a temporary difficulty in swallowing when they don’t chew their food thoroughly, and/or eat food too fast. But when swallowing becomes a constant problem, then it can be something more serious, like dysphasia. Dysphasia usually falls under two major categories: esophageal dysphasia (the feeling of food sticking or getting stuck in the esophagus) and oropharyngeal dysphasia (the throat muscles are too weak to pass food into the esophagus). Unfortunately, there

The Most Important Lesson I Learned After Being Mistreated by Doctors

It’s normal for people to experience a temporary difficulty in swallowing when they don’t chew their food thoroughly, and/or eat food too fast. But when swallowing becomes a constant problem, then it can be something more serious, like dysphasia. Dysphasia usually falls under two major categories: esophageal dysphasia (the feeling of food sticking or getting stuck in the esophagus) and oropharyngeal dysphasia (the throat muscles are too weak to pass food into the esophagus). Unfortunately, there

The 2 Tim Burton Characters That Help Me Cope With My Pain

One of the biggest challenges of my life was growing up with fibromyalgia. The pain affected every aspect of my life. Most of my grade school years were spent in medical offices, and homeschooling. When I was able to be at school, I was happy to be around people my own age, but being out of the social loop, I struggled to maintain peer friendships. My 6th grade teacher also has fibromyalgia. She knew how difficult it could be. Not only did she helped me to feel a part of the class, but she also

The Kid in Harambe's Habitat Could Have Been My Autistic Brother

By now, you’ve heard about the controversial and tragic death of Harambe, the endangered Western Lowland Silverback Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. The internet has gone ablaze about who should be at fault for Harambe’s death. People are passionately divided. Opinions vary from backing up the Cincinnati Zoo’s decision to charging the zoo and the mother of the young boy with criminal negligence. Some have gone as far to say that if the child would have died at Harambe’s hand, he would have deserve

A Letter to My Mother's Cancer, Liposarcoma

Liposarcoma is a very rare form of cancer that forms in the fat cells of the abdomen. When I first heard about music legend David Bowie’s passing from cancer, it broke my heart. Not only because he was a great musical talent, but it was a bone-chilling reminder how lethal cancer can be. It made me think about Mom and her battle with you, too. It’s a stark thought to know if you continued to silently grow, you would have eventually devoured her. Liposarcoma, I don’t know where to begin. Your na
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