About Cinema Knife Fight: The Column


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is a horror movie review column written by Michael Arruda and L.L. Soares. It began in 2005, and has had long runs on both the HELLNOTES newsletter (2004 to 2006) and the horror website FEAR ZONE (2007 to 2009). Equal parts Siskel & Ebert, EC Horror comics, and Spy vs. Spy, CKF is both informative (real movie reviews) as well as entertaining (with a strong injection of humor).

This site represents the latest incarnation of the column. Regular content will be added – a mix of new reviews and archival columns that have been previously published, with the intention of keeping CINEMA KNIFE FIGHT alive and well.

Cinema Knife Fight was a finalist for the HWA‘s 2009 BRAM STOKER AWARD for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction. So CKF is officially a STOKER-NOMINATED movie review column.

Thank you for checking us out!

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MICHAEL is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association. His short stories have been published in a variety of places, including anthologies, magazines, and online publications.  In addition to horror, he’s written young adult stories (“Monster on His Back” for Edo van Belkom’s Be Very Afraid! anthology in 2002), children’s stories (“Treasure Trouble” for Story Station in 2004) and science fiction (“Darkness” for The Eternal Night Chronicle in 2003).  He’s been writing the movie review column “In the Spooklight” for the HWA Newsletter since 2001 (he just wrote his 100th column for them!). His books include the science fiction novel TIME FRAME, the story collection FOR THE LOVE OF HORROR, and collections of his IN THE SPOOKLIGHT column. All are available directly from NECON E-BOOKS, and at the usual online bookstores.

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L.L.’s fiction has appeared in such magazines as Cemetery Dance, Horror Garage, Bare Bone, Gothic.Net, and Lullaby Hearse, as well as the anthologies THE BEST OF HORRORFIND 2, RIGHT HOUSE ON THE LEFT, TRAPS and RAW: BRUTALITY AS ART. His story “Second Chances” received an Honorable Mention in sixteenth annual edition of THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR, edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling. He is an Active member of the HWA, as well as a former co-chair of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW). His first story collection, IN SICKNESS (featuring stories by him and his wife, Laura Cooney, as well as a novella they wrote together) was published in the Fall of 2010 by Skullvines Press. A novella by L.L. Soares and Kurt Newton, called BREAKING EGGS, was released in November 2010 from Sideshow Press.

His novels include: LIFE RAGE (winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel); ROCK ‘N’ ROLL; and a mainstream crime fiction novel called HARD. His fourth novel, BURIED IN BLUE CLAY, will be coming out from Postmortem Press in the summer of 2016.

Check out his Web site at:  www.llsoares.com.


IN THE SPOOKLIGHT – Originally written for the Horror Writers Association (HWA) newsletter, Michael Arruda’s IN THE SPOOKLIGHT column has been coming out monthly since 2001. It mainly focuses on older horror films. These columns have been reprinted here, usually on Fridays, in no particular order.

PICKIN’ AT THE CARCASS – Michael Arruda’s DVD review column, reviewing more recent horror films.

IN THE SHADOWS – Michael looks at the careers of character actors from the history of horror cinema.

SCREAMING STREAMING – Michael’s solo reviews of movies streaming online.

TRANSMISSIONS TO EARTH – L.L. Soares’s column reviewing recent and classic films on DVD, often obscure titles that may have been forgotten. This column appears every other Thursday, alternating with William Carl’s column, BILL’S BIZARRE BIJOU.

WELCOME TO THE WEIRD – L.L. Soares’ occasional column showcasing especially weird or awful movies.

WASTED CHARACTERS – L.L. Soares’ occasional column about movie monsters and other cinematic characters who deserved to appear in more movies.

FOR RATS’ EYES ONLY – An occasional column by L.L. Soares reviewing horror movies that feature rats.

MONSTROUS QUESTION OF THE MONTH – A column where Michael Arruda poses a horror movie-related question to the rest of our staff, and we post the results.

FRIDAY NIGHT KNIFE FIGHTS – Kind of a bigger version of Cinema Knife Fight, with more people from our staff involved, and they debate the merits of two topics. The first one was: Robert Rodriguez vs. Guillermo Del Toro: Who’s the Better Director? in November 2010.