M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters): A Found-Footage Mother’s Worst Nightmare

Just when you think the found-footage format has run its course, a movie comes along that breathes a little life into the subgenre. In this case, Tucia Lyman’s M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) shows the format can still work with the right concept and story. On the surface, Mothers of Monsters looks like We Need To […]

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Burning Bright: The ‘Tiger King’ of Horror

‘Killer animals’ are a staple of horror. By the end of the 1940’s, the Universal Monsters’ grip on horror had loosened. Gothic monsters gave way to atomic monstrosities in the 1950’s. A giant spider in Tarantula, oversized ants in Them, a prehistoric preying mantis in The Deadly Mantis – post-WWII horror and science fiction played […]

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Laid to Rest: Low-Budget Slasher Carves Out Brutal Niche

Following the slasher ‘Golden Age’ of the 1980’s, Wes Craven’s Scream re-ignited a brief a slasher-lite renaissance. However, this brief resurgence produced a handful of polished, teen-friendly PG-13 horror that lacked Craven’s insight. Several years later, slasher movies returned, taking one of two approaches. In some cases, movies like Final Girls, Cabin in the Woods, […]

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Mark of the Devil: Netflix Horror Can’t Exorcise ‘Been There, Done That’ Feeling

Browse Netflix’s horror catalogue and you’ll find no shortage of demonic possession movies. The Crucifixion, Veronica, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Constantine, Malicious – these are just a handful of the devilish subgenre to turn up on the streaming platform. Now Mexican director Diego Cohen’s Mark of the Devil is available for Netflix subscribers. Cohen’s […]

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April Fool’s: When Pranks Go Wrong in Horror Movies

Happy April Fool’s Day! Currently, most people are probably not craving any April Fool’s pranks. To date, the entire 2020 year has been kind of one big, cruel joke. Besides, every horror fan knows that practical jokes never work out. After all, it was a practical joke that gave Jason Voorhees his iconic goalie mask. […]

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Elephant in the Room: Bloodride’s Final Destination

And just like that, Bloodride brings us to its final stop – Episode 6, Elephant in the Room. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting to find out the story behind the man in the elephant suit. As the opening credits roll, the camera once again pans over the doomed passengers. It finally settles on […]

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Serial Killer ‘Snuff” Found-Footage Disturbs

Thought The Hunt had a hard time getting to theatres? Over a decade earlier, the found-footage serial killer movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. But distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) suddenly got cold feet. Given its disturbing content, MGM pulled it from the release schedule. Several years later, The Poughkeepsie Tapes saw a […]

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The Grudge: Audiences Likely To Hold a ‘Grudge’ Against This Re-Quel

Following the success of The Ring, Hollywood spent several years combing the J-horror catalogue for remakes. Most of these American J-horror remakes were, for lack of a better word, horrible. Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge, a remake of his own Ju-On, didn’t wow critics, but got audiences into theatres. Now that Hollywood has remade just about […]

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I See You: A Clever ‘Supernatural’ Thriller You Need to See

Not to be confused with Sylvester Stallone’s early 2000’s effort, Eye See You, I See You is a little indie supernatural thriller that floated under the radar. Saban Films debuted I See You at the South By Southwest film festival last year. By the end of 2019, I See You quietly made its way to […]

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The Driller Killer: Abel Ferrara’s 70’s Punk Rock Psycho-Drama

Over the course of his career, director Abel Ferrara amassed some impressive Grindhouse credentials. His wide-spanning filmography includes an early pornographic movie, the cult rape-revenge Ms 45, and neo-noir crime thrillers King of New York and Dangerous Game. Ferrara made the gonzo 1992 thriller, Bad Lieutenant, and the critically acclaimed The Funeral. Few filmmakers have […]

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