The Crow City of Angels: Poor Sequel Beyond Redemption

When Mirimax Films released The Crow it became an instantly iconic pop culture classic. Brandon Lee’s tragic death only lent a further sense of grief to the movie’s story. Arguably, the soundtrack was also the perfect time capsule of the eclectic alternative music scene from the era. Given its box office success, The Crow inevitably […]

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The Crow: a Dark 90s Fairy Tale of Love and Revenge

For anyone who came of age in the 1990s, The Crow is an instantly recognizable movie. Based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel of the same name, The Crow was a surprise critical and box office success. Its dark visuals and sullen atmosphere distinguished it from the action movies of the 80s. And the tragic death […]

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Sator: Minimalist Horror With Maximum Scares

Jordan Graham’s supernatural thriller Sator defines a ‘labor of love’. Apparently, Graham – who pretty much did everything – worked on the movie for several years. This is the kind of DIY filmmaking that made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and The Blair Witch Project genre favorites. Based on the available promotional material, Sator promises […]

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[REC]: Ranking the Spanish Found-Footage Series

Spain has given us some memorable horror movies. In just the last few years, Veronica, The Platform, La Llorona and Tigers Are Not Afraid how impressed critics and audiences alike. Legendary director Guillermo del Toro is responsible for genre classics Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth. As the found-footage subgenre was gaining traction, Spanish […]

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Initiation Subverts Slasher Tropes in #MeToo Era Horror

Another movie that missed its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2020, Initiation, or Init!iation, finally made its way to VOD platforms this past week. Part slasher movie, part social media horror, director John Berardo promises a horror movie that avoids some of the subgenre’s familiar tropes. Based on the promotional materials, Initiation still […]

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The Puppet Masters: A Sci-Fi Thriller As Wooden As Its Alien Hosts

At face value, The Puppet Masters had a lot going for it. For starters, its source material was a well-regarded, influential novel. Donald Sutherland headlining your movie is never a bad thing. And its premise, while familiar, touched on themes that translate across time. Too bad none of these made The Puppet Masters a better […]

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Jakob’s Wife: Honor Thy Wife In This Vampire Horror-Comedy

Horror movies have done just about everything under the sun with vampires. At this point, there’s not much left that could surprise horror fans. But the monster’s legacy has endured for a reason. And vampire movies have recently started taking a page from their zombie counterparts. More specifically, filmmakers have increasingly used the nightcrawlers as […]

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