Old Finds M Night Shyamalan Back in Polarizing Form

Few directors are quite as polarizing as M Night Shyamalan. Truth be told, Shyamalan may never make a movie as good as The Sixth Sense. And he’s made some good movies. Unbreakable showed how just how far outside the mold superhero movies could be long before Joker. Both Signs and The Village were effectively creepy […]

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Nightbooks a Near Perfect Balance Of Scary and Whimsical For Gateway Horror

Maybe as tricky as mixing horror and comedy, the gateway horror movie is tough to get right. It needs to be scary, but not traumatizing, while being for kids yet not childish. In the 1980s, Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Gate, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space introduced a generation of kids to the horror genre. For […]

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The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 A Dull 80s Follow-Up To a 70s Classic

In the 1970s, Wes Craven directed two landmark horror movies – The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream followed in the 80s and 90s. That’s an impressive legacy. Yet somewhere in between The Hills Have Eyes and Elm Street, Craven struggled to connect with […]

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Malignant A Refreshingly Off-The-Wall Horror Movie From James Wan

At some point in the future, horror fans will regard James Wan in the same way they do Wes Craven or John Carpenter. To date, Wan is responsible for not one, but three, major horror franchises. Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring – that’s an impressive track record. But it’s been five years since Wan helmed […]

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Prey Can’t Survive Bland Execution of a Familiar Premise

Though survival horror works on a straightforward premise, it’s one ripe for potentially brutal stakes. To date, Deliverance remains a potent early example of the subgenre. In recent years, we’ve seen horror tinker with the narrative in some underrated gems including The Ritual, Downrange, and Killing Ground. And while there’s probably still plenty of straight-to-VOD […]

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Escape Room Tournament of Champions Can’t Escape Its Own Familiarity

Despite a January release date typically reserved for studio leftovers, Escape Room was a breakout hit in 2019. Even if it was a bit derivative of Saw, Escape Room’s box office numbers told a more accurate story than its critical reception. Director Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key) made a fun, if not completely implausible, […]

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Boogeyman Won’t Have You Checking The Closet Before Bedtime

Amidst the remakes, Torture Porn, and New French Extremity, the 2000s produced some strong genre movies. Boogeyman was not one of those movies. In a decade where House of the Dead, FearDotCom, Ghost Ship, and The Wicker Man remake all hit theatres, Boogeyman still stands out as a noteworthy stinker. Before Sam Raimi’s production company […]

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Don’t Breathe 2 Delivers More Violence, Less Suspense

Following the surprise critical and box office success of Don’t Breathe, a sequel was inevitable. Ghost House Entertainment and original director and writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) took a little longer than expected to get the ball rolling. And the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its release by over a year. But Don’t Breathe 2 finally hit […]

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