Village Of The Damned: Beware Half-baked Remakes

After over forty years of filmmaking, John Carpenter stands amongst the masters of the genre. From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Carpenter’s output includes Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness. Few horror directors can boast that kind of résumé. But even the best can have […]

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Shook: Don’t Click ‘Subscribe’ On This Social Media Horror Movie

If you watched either the Netflix or Hulu documentaries on the ill-fated Fyre Festival, you’re probably familiar with the concept of ‘influencers‘. Like trolls and ‘food porn’, ‘influencers’ are just another unfortunate side-effect of social media. But somewhere in the midst of all that vapid glamour is a good horror movie waiting to happen. To […]

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The Dark and the Wicked: Down on the Farm For An Unnerving Slow-Burn Horror

Since his directorial debut, The Strangers, Bryan Bertino has worked sparsely in the genre. But his work has been generally impressive. In addition to directing the very underrated The Monster, Bertino has produced Stephanie, The Strangers: Prey at Night, and The Blackcoat’s Daughter. For his most recent effort behind the camera, Bertino collaborated with production […]

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Freaky: Gender Swap Horror Finds More Life in the Slasher Subgenre

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the brief 80’s craze with body-switching comedies. Everyone from Fred Savage to, yes, Kirk Cameron, got in on the act. Flash forward 20 years and Hollywood recycled the fad with 13 Going on 30 and the Rob Schneider clunker, Hot Chick. So in a year where most studios shelved […]

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Wrong Turn 2021 -More Meat On The Bone Than Expected In This Remake

By all accounts, Wrong Turn is a minor entry in the horror genre. On its release in 2003, the cannibal hillbilly horror Wrong Turn impressed few critics. But the familiar story of hip, young urban folk running afoul of inbred backwoods maniacs did well enough at the box office to spawn a direct-to-video franchise. And […]

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Death of Me: Exotic Vacation Will Make You Want To Stay Home

Over the last near 20 years, Darren Lynn Bousman has amassed impressive horror credentials. To date, his filmography includes three Saw sequels, the underrated Mother’s Day remake, and ‘nunsploitation’ flick, St Agatha. And if we’re lucky, Bousman and Lionsgate will be delivering the highly anticipated, Spiral: From the Book of Saw. Unfortunately, COVID-19 banished Bousman’s […]

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Copycat: After All, Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Following The Silence of the Lambs‘ box office and critical success, the serial killer was omnipresent in psychological thrillers. When FBI agent Robert Ressler coined the term in the early 1980s, mass media elevated the mass murderer to ]moral panic. But Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel proved the serial killer could do […]

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Hacksaw: Some Legends Should Probably Stay Dead

Looking to cash in on the low-budget grindhouse aesthetic that Rob Zombie and Eli Roth perfected, Anthony Leone’s 2020 indie horror, Hacksaw, hits VOD platforms this week. To his credit, first-time director Leone is almost a one-man show, taking on writing, producing, and cinematography credits. Though Leone demonstrates ambition, Hacksaw follows a familiar blueprint. Based […]

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Let’s Scare Julie: Clever Approach, Fumbled Ending

Don’t confuse it with Let’s Scare Jessica to Death. That’s 1970’s surrealist horror. Let’s Scare Julie is the latest indie horror with a trick up it’s sleeve looking to fill 2020’s void in the absence of theatrical releases. First-time writer and director Jud Cremata pulls a trick out of Alfred Hitchcock’s playbook. In his 1948 […]

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