Doctor Sleep: A Deeply Satisfying Return to The Overlook Hotel

Though Stephen King himself loathes it, The Shining is a benchmark of the horror genre. In fact, the horror masterpiece’s influence has extended beyond the genre and become a part of the cultural lexicon. After King directed his own remake, he moved on to penning a direct follow-up – his 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep. Producing […]

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Pet Sematary 2 Can’t Resurrect King’s Premise

Hollywood loves them some Stephen King. Even when he doesn’t have a story to adapt, they find a way to trade in on his work. Case in point – Pet Sematary, which remains one of King’s best novels. Though the first film adaptation divided critics, King fans probably remember it more fondly than the remake […]

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I Spit On Your Grave 2: An Unnecessary Sequel to An Unwanted Remake

Netflix didn’t much effort into its Netflix and Chills this year. Among the small handful of new horror releases added in October, Netflix didn’t just include the I Spit On Your Grave remake – they also added its 2013 sequel. Yes, a sequel to a remake that no one wanted to a movie from a […]

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The New Kids: Not the Toughest Revenge Thriller on the Block

In the 1980’s, horror movies were defined by the slasher sub-genre. Similarly, the action-thriller genre was all about vengeance. Revenge thrillers were all the rage in the decade of excess and neon. Death Wish sequels, Ms 45, Savage Streets, The Exterminator, Vigilante, Fighting Back. Most of these movies were grimy, violent, low-budget affairs. And then […]

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The Gallows Act II: Unnecessary Sequel A Curtain Call for Potential Franchise

Found-footage horror, The Gallows, was a minor hit in 2015. Neither audiences nor critics liked it very much. Yet for some reason, Blumhouse Productions greenlit a sequel pretty quickly. Call it buyer’s remorse, but someone wasn’t in a rush to release The Gallows Act II. After collecting dust for two years, Lionsgate dumped the sequel […]

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Assimilate ‘Clones’ Better Sci-Fi Thrillers For Netflix

Since Jack Finney published his science fiction novel, The Body Snatchers in 1954, Hollywood has adapted it, in one way or another, several times. To date, four direct adaptations have been produced between 1956 and 2007. Don Siegel’s 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1978 remake are considered science-fiction classics. Moreover, Finney’s themes […]

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AHS 1984 Marks 100 Episodes of American Horror Story

Hard to believe, but American Horror Story has hit its 100th episode in Season 9. It’s an impressive milestone and one that heightens expectations for AHS 1984’s sixth episode. Audiences likely expect some big surprises for Number 100. And with the wide-open ending from last week’s Red Dawn, AHS 1984 has the additional challenge of […]

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You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman: How To Watch The Halloween Franchise

It’s every horror fan’s favourite time of year. Halloween is just days away now. No doubt, many of you have already been queuing up your favourite scary movies. But what’s more fun than a movie marathon of your favourite series? And what better time to re-visit the Halloween franchise itself. But like any long-running horror […]

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Silent Hill: AKA The Movie Where Sean Bean Doesn’t Die

Horror movies adapted from video games don’t have a checkered history. By and large, critics have universally loathed these movies. ‘Director’ Uwe Boll scraped the bottom of the barrel with adaptations of Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead. On the other end of the spectrum, Paul WS Anderson’s Resident Evil probably remains […]

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Rattlesnake Lacks Enough Bite to Get Under Your Skin

With Halloween less than a week away, Netflix has released its latest original horror-thriller, Rattlesnake. Arguably, Netflix and Chills has underwhelmed this year. In place of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix has treated horror fans to middling thrillers, Eli and In The Tall Grass, and the ‘candy corn’ of horror series, Haunted. Two years […]

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