Monday, December 18, 2017

Horror Huddle 2017 Holiday Horror Picks!

Here are our 2017 holiday horror picks!

Ok, Ash might have thrown one in that isn't exactly horror (at all), but he likes to break the rules sometimes and that's ok with us!

Enjoy and leave some feedback!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#TBT Thanksgiving Horror w/ Horror Huddle!

Ok, I know we posted this video 2 years ago but I feel like it's worth a repeat viewing.

(P.S. I swear it's a shitty turkey hat and NOT an Native American headdress.  We just suck at crafting.)

"Check out our ep on Thanksgiving-related flicks, Thankskilling and 1987'sBlood Rage.  This time around Ash and I finally get together in person and not only manage to keep our babbling limited to 20 min, but we also crafted a stupid turkey hat for me to wear.  That warrants a pity watch at least, right??"

Friday, October 27, 2017

Julie Darling (1983)

(also known as Daughter of Death)
Running Time: 1hr 40min
Release Date: March 1983
Written by: Paul Nicholas/Maurice Smith
Directed by: Paul Nicholas

Review by: Stacey-Beth

You guys, this movie was fucking weird.  And not even in that endearing, quirky kinda way, but more like the "wow, is the driving plot an incestuous one??" way.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Horror Huddle - Halloween Edition Week 1: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)

The first week of our Halloween edition review videos is upon us!  This week we honor Tobe Hooper and talk the iconic horror movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Enjoy and leave some feedback!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grand Piano (2013)

Running Time: 1hr 30min
Release Date: Sept 20, 2013 (Fantastic Fest)
Written by: Damien Chazelle
Directed by: Eugenio Mira

Review by: Stacey-Beth

Don't you just love going into a movie blind and coming out really enjoying it?  Grand Piano did that for me when I saw it was freshly added to Shudder's streaming site; I guess seeing that the leading names were Elijah Wood and John Cusack didn't make me turn away either.  Definitely not a horror film, but a good exercise in suspense, this one fell under my radar for far too long!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Primal Screen (2017)

Runtime: 27 min
Release Date: June 8, 2017
Directed by: Rodney Ascher

Review by: Stacey-Beth

Now I won't lie, I wasn't particularly interested in seeing this documentary mostly because I really disliked his previous project, The Nightmare, and only half remember enjoying Room 237 (because conspiracy theories, duh)- which is probably why I didn't rush to see Primal Screen when it was released on Shudder.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Horror Huddle w/ Stacey-Beth & Ash: THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (2001)

On this episode of HORROR HUDDLE we talk Guillermo del Toro's gothic horror tale, THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE.
(this one was actually filmed back in July)

Enjoy and leave some feedback!

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It Comes At Night (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 31min
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Written/Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

Review by: Stacey

Someone yesterday told me that the reason I didn't like this one was because I "didn't understand it."  1) If you have ever said this to someone, you're an idiot. And 2) I assure those of you who haven't seen it, or have and didn't like it, there really isn't much to "understand."  If you didn't like, it's probably because the trailer was misleading as hell and the movie itself was largely underwhelming.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Kuso (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 45min
Release Date: July 21, 2017
Directed by: Flying Lotus
Written by: David Firth/Flying Lotus

Review by: Mike

We Need To Talk About Kuso: A Review...Sort Of

There has been an earthquake and it isn't pretty. Strange things are afoot. Surfacing in the aftershocks are all the potentialities of our dystopic present. This is Kuso. And we need to talk about it. I'm not going to lie to you, but neither am I going to tell you the truth. After witnessing this film, I admit, I can't be honest, and to be honest, I don't think you can either. So, let's find a dark corner and chat. I promise nothing here is real. It's only a film.

Except Kuso isn't a film. It's Japanese for "shit" and shit is as good of a description as any. This shit is an experience. It is an assault. It is an attack on your senses and your sensibilities. It is the murder of your subconscious. It is the rebirth of your dirty little id. It is you, you nasty fucker, in all your disturbed glory. Why would you watch this (and we both know you're going to, dear reader)? What the fuck is wrong with you?

There are two questions I hate  to be asked: "what is wrong with you?" and "Are you alright?" The answers have always been, "I don't know" and "maybe?" respectively. They are the questions my mother has asked most consistently over the course of my life. As a result, I ask everyone. At this point, I have a strong urge to ask Steve, the director of Kuso, the very same questions (probably in the same tone as my mother). I think I would probably get similar answers or worse answers or no answers at all. Maybe there are no answers. But still... wtf, Steve? I'm not sure I'm equipped to handle this shit.

For those of you that don't already know, Steve has an alias. His alter ego is DJ/producer/musician extraordinaire Flying Lotus. And, if you are aware of the work of FL, this shit might make a bit more sense. 

(Before we go any further, stop what you're doing and go listen to FL' s 2014 release "You're Dead!" I'll wait.)

Kuso is a lot like Steve's work as Flying Lotus: dark, jerky, offensive, assaultive. It exists on the outer rim of the modern avant garde. Kuso isn't representative of a "critical utopia in an increasingly dystopic moment" (Red Wedge Magazine). It is a near future nightmare firmly rooted in the extreme alienation and arbitrary violence of our late capitalist America. Here oral sex with a talking boil is the cement in an apocalyptic relationship. A shrimp like bug living in the asshole of a "doctor" cures phobias. The coat hanger is the official take home prescription for unwanted pregnancy. Interdimensional, weed obsessed alien house mates meet out "justice" on a date rapist. An incontinent schoolboy makes a validating discovery in the strangely enchanted woods. A woman falls after her baby through a hole that leads to hell. These vignettes form the topography of a world shaken by a cataclysmic earthquake and they are stitched together by a series of animated/musical interludes that are equally unsettling.

I realize I have beat around the bush. I warned you I couldn't be completely honest about any of this. It isn't my fault. If you want to know the truth, its your fault. You're the sick fucker that's actually going to watch this shit. What's wrong with you? I don't have the answer to that but, before I make my way out into the South Texas heat, I'm going to leave you with some tips. If I were you, I would pay attention (but we both know you won't). 

1. DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM! (I couldn't possibly be more emphatic here!)

3. Keep your eyes closed at all times (if you open them, I'll know)

4. Wear gloves.

5. Wear clothes (no one wants to see your bloated ass naked, especially you).

6. If you encounter a talking boil do not put your dick in or around it.

7. Tell your mom you're sorry (she didn't raise you to watch trash like this).

8. Avoid eating for the duration of the film.

9. Be sober.

10. Let the credits roll (patience is the hallmark of maturity).

Well, that's it gang. I can't say I enjoyed our time together, you knuckle dragging animals. Enjoy!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Horror Huddle w/ Stacey-Beth & Ash: STRANGER THINGS S2 Trailer Overview

Wow, two HORROR HUDDLE videos in a row?!  Lucky y'all!
This one is a bit of a mini episode because Ash and I just wanted to give our thoughts on the newest official trailer for STRANGER THINGS season 2!

Enjoy and leave some feedback!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Horror Huddle with Stacey-Beth & Ash: THE DESCENT (2005) & THE DESCENT 2 (2009)

 Oh my god, could it be?  A "new" episode of HORROR HUDDLE?!
I say new with quotations because this video was actually filmed right after Halloween of '16 but we never got around to posting it up...until now!
Which will lead me to apologize in advance for the atrocious sound (we've gotten better equipment since then!) and I messed up the settings during filming so that's why I'm trapped in a box on the bottom corner of the video.

Good news is that Ash and I are going to be filming new content for you all starting this week!

Onto the video- this week we talk Neil Marshall's adventure horror THE DESCENT and its less-than-stellar sequel THE DESCENT 2 directed by Jon Harris.

Enjoy and leave some feedback!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Hounds of Love (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 48min
Release Date: May 12, 2017 (VOD/limited)
Written/Directed by: Ben Young

Review by: Stacey

Shit, between movies like In Her Skin, Wolf Creek, Snowtown Murders, and now Ben Young's debut, Hounds of Love, I don't think I'll ever get my ass to Australia anytime soon.  I hadn't even heard of this little piece of cinema until last week when I saw a trailer for it and as a lover of all things rooted in true crime, I knew Hounds had to be up my alley.  Apparently it's gotten positive feedback on the festival circuit and it's not hard to see why.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Texas Frightmare Weekend 2017! We're back!

If you follow me anywhere else on social media, you know that us folks here at To Avoid Fainting just got back from 2017's Texas Frightmare Weekend!  We had such a blast and came back with new friends, bruised livers and sore legs, and a big heap of merch from several of the buttload of vendors that were in attendance.

I don't think I'm going to post the following pictures in any particular order, so just enjoy!

Arrow Videos had such an impressive selection of blu's that we couldn't help but pick up a few for ourselves (which means more reviews to come!)

As you can see we stopped by the Severin Films booth as well for more films!

Sorry for the potato quality, but we also attended the panel (hosted by Rebekah McKendry, who is a total sweetheart - and Ryan Turek, who I believe, is Director of Development for Blumhouse) which was fascinating hearing them discuss the films on the roster, some of the ins and outs of the website, and a few future projects in the works.

In that same group of folks, we also attended a live recording of their podcast, Shock Waves which I highly recommend to anyone who has a deep love and appreciation for horror.

All of that also means I finally got to meet the awesome and funny, Rob Galluzzo, who is the Senior Editor at

Saturday is/was the busiest day of the convention weekend!  Every square space was full of people milling about meeting their favorite actors/artists/directors or buying something from the insane amount of awesome vendors that were posted up.

It pains me to say that I never got around to meeting one of my favorite directors, Dario Argento, who was one of the guests this year.  I swear, we had the worst luck every time we tried to get in line (they seemed to always have "capped" the line at the moments we walked up)!  I'll just be content with the fact that I saw him in person from 10 ft away and breathed the same air as him!  Is that creepy?  OH WELL.

More awesome friends we met!

Of course we couldn't go and NOT rep TAF!

Adam was particularly excited about his Monster Squad prints from London1888!

(how amazingly gross is that fucking Don't Breathe pin!?)

London1888 has this pretty badass Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Whataburger bundle exclusive to TFW.  Which, OF COURSE, as loyal Texans, we had to purchase!
Our resident To Avoid Fainting model, Adam.

Real squirrel foot necklace!  I never thought I needed one until this past weekend.

There was even an auction for the "Jane" used to promote The Autopsy of Jane Doe!  Even more awesome, all proceeds went to

To sum our weekend up, it was an absolute blast.  Hopefully next year we can attend and participate in even more shenanigans!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Personal Shopper (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 45min
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Directed/Written by: Olivier Assayas

Review by: Stacey

I'm not going to lie, I kind of LOVE the Twilight movies.  Hey, at the end of the day I'm still a woman, I like chick stuff.  That said, despite my love for the "young adult" vampire tales, I neeeever could find an ounce of enjoyment for Kristen Stewart (or K Stew if you're E! News).  She always seemed so flat and emotionless, and I know I'm not the only one with that thinking because that kind of became this long-running joke about her.  Which is unfortunate now after having seen Olivier Assayas's  psychological thriller, Personal Shopper.  I don't know if this is the best work she's done (I tended to avoid her projects), but from what I've seen, this is the best work she's done.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Raw (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 39min
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Written/Directed by: Julia Ducournau

Review by: Stacey

Wow, you guys.  Just WOW.

What a better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to bring you this review for the female written/directed French-Belgian film, Raw.  Julia Ducournau's feature film takes us along on a coming-of-age tale that combines a teen's budding sexuality and cannibalism in a weird and violent way.

After hearing buzz about the movie from several people who had screened it already, I knew (hoped) I wasn't going to be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Horror Huddle with Stacey-Beth & Ash: GET OUT (2017)

Ash took the week off, so we're joined by Adam to discuss the wildly successful GET OUT from director/writer Jordan Peele!

I probably sound like a dummy for the better part of the video but let's just blame that on the several beers I had prior to filming. ;)

Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, LilRey Howery

Enjoy and leave some feedback!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Don't Knock Twice (2017)

Running Time: 1hr 33min
Release Date: Feb 3, 2017
Written by: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler
Directed by: Caradog W. James

Review by: Stacey

Usually I save this bit towards the end of my reviews, but I have to say right off the bat that this flick doesn't do much of anything original BUT it doesn't suck at what it does do.  And honestly, I don't mind if a movie has been "done before" as long as it's being done well.  Does that make sense?  In my head it does.  Don't Knock Twice kind of came out of nowhere and ended up surprising me.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Horror Huddle with Stacey-Beth & Ash: SPLIT (2017)

On this episode of Horror Huddle, we discuss M. Night's newest addition to the genre with, SPLIT.  We cover what we liked/didn't like about the film, our thoughts on M. Night in general, that jaw-dropping "twist", and the subsequent controversy that surrounded the film and its dealings with mental illness.

Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Betty Buckley

Enjoy and leave some feedback!


Find us on Instagram: staceybethh || e.txcountryboy

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Horror Huddle Quickie - Stranger Things S2 Teaser Trailer!

In this little quickie video, we give our brief views on the STRANGER THINGS S2 teaser trailer that aired during the Super Bowl!

And if you haven't yet, go check out our two part Horror Huddle videos on S1!

Texas Frightmare Weekend revealed 2017 art!

TFW never fails to deliver when it comes to the artwork for their convention each year, and 2017 is no exception!

All items shown begin their pre-orders tomorrow so you better act fast and snag some awesomeness up!

"The TFW 2017 Official Pint Glass design... Get $5 draft refills in these all weekend long at TFW 2017!
Designed and hand etched by Drink With The Living Dead, these deep etched, heavy base glasses will last a lifetime, come individually wrapped in tissue and are gift boxed.
Pre-orders start tomorrow! $18.95 each or get a 4-pack for $64.95. Limited quantities will be available..."

"The TFW 2017 Event Poster #1... This beautiful 20" x 30" poster is designed by Texas based artist Timothy Pittides and screen printed on high quality poster stock. Be sure to visit Pittides at his booth during the convention for more of his amazing art.
Limited edition of only 75 hand numbered prints.
Pre-orders start tomorrow!"

"This year's stunning retro-pulp magazine inspired t-shirt and poster design is by Elvisdead who are known for their unique work with The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Primus, Monster Magnet, Universal Pictures and more!

This will also be available in a screen printed 11" x 17" poster!

Pre-orders start tomorrow! If you've already pre-ordered a shirt, this is the design you will receive. T-shirts will be printed by the amazing Fast Custom Shirts."

All items will be available tomorrow for pre-order at

Quantities are super limited so don't sleep on these items!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Morgan (2016)

Running Time: 1hr 32min
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Written by: Seth Owen
Directed by: Luke Scott

Review by: Stacey

I was initially looking forward to this movie because it had an interesting concept and boasted a pretty great cast (Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Brian Cox, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti), but I probably should have become concerned when I didn't hear much of a peep about it upon its release back in Sept.  I have, however, heard that you're better off watching Ex Machina (which I have yet to see), but I have a feeling they're probably right.

Monday, January 9, 2017

To Avoid Fainting is heading to TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND this year!

That's right!  Adam and I will be making our yearly trip (with the exception of last year's con) up to Dallas for the always badass TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND horror convention this May 5-7!  There are so many awesome guests that have been announced over the last several months- Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Things, Austin Amelio and Tom Payne from The Walking Dead, pretty much the whole cast of 31, an almost reunion of the cast from The Thing, pro wrestler Sting, Ted Raimi, Shannon Elizabeth- I cannot wait!
You can find the full list of guests here.

And to make it more exciting, is now sponsoring the convention!

We're super excited and can't wait for more guests to be announced (I hope)!
Keep checking back here at the site for more updates leading up to the con and our full coverage the weekend of!