Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: Fun ‘Gateway’ Horror For Young Horror Fans

Generally, there hasn’t been a lot of good gateway horror for younger audiences. In the 1980’s, we had The Monster Squad, Gremlins, and The Gate. If you grew up in the 1990’s, there was Hocus Pocus. Yet over the last few years, as horror has flourished, the genre has treated us to several good ‘kiddie’ […]

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The Howling II: Horror Sequel May Have You Howling for All the Wrong Reasons

Joe Dante’s The Howling is a classic horror movie. Aside from An American Werewolf in London, it’s one of the best werewolf movies of all time. Interestingly, however, The Howling has produced one of the more bizarre horror franchises. To date, studios have churned out seven sequels over four decades. Most of these sequels were […]

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Open Wide: Best Killer Shark Movies

Sorry Shark Week, but sharks are scary. Maybe it’s the fear of what’s beneath you in the ocean. Or perhaps it’s the row of very sharp teeth. But sharks have been popular horror movie villains since Jaws swam into theaters in 1975. Over the years, we’ve seen our share of good killer shark movies (Deep […]

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47 Meters Down Uncaged: Superior Sequel Takes a Bite Out of Summer

What’s summer without a good killer shark movie? Last year’s The Meg was fine but largely forgettable. Crawl already gave us killer alligators last month. Two summers ago, shark thriller 47 Meters Down surprised at the box office. Though it was a modest box office hit, 47 Meters Downs was a somewhat lacklustre movie with […]

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The Hunt: Movies Censored or Cancelled Following Real Tragedy

Last week, Universal Pictures opted to cancel the release of its satirical horror movie, The Hunt. The movie’s premise, an adaptation of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game, saw rich elites hunting a group of ‘deplorables’ for sport. Obviously, the movie was a thinly veiled swipe at Trump and his supporters. But two mass shootings […]

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1st Summoning: Found-Footage Horror Makes The Occult Feel Dull

All the rage in horror several years ago, found-footage horror movies have slowly fizzled out. In the last few years, a few gems have been released including Creep and Unfriended. But we’re a long ways away from the annual trotting out of Paranormal Activity movies. But earlier this month, Netflix added under-the-radar indie horror, 1st […]

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We Belong Together Stalks Familiar Territory

Another month on Netflix. And here we have another stalking movie. While it may look like another Lifetime psychological thriller, We Belong Together originally aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Not that it really matters. From its basic plot to its production values, We Belong Together looks indistinguishable from a Lifetime or Hallmark made-for-television movie. […]

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The Curse of La Llorona: A Dull, Uninspired Conjuring Spin-Off

And The Conjuring Universe marches on in 2019. Before the much hyped Annabelle Comes Home was released, Warner Brothers and producer James Wan snuck The Curse of La Llorona into theatres. Yes, La Llorona saw a wide theatrical release. But the studio was oddly ‘hush hush’ about the movie’s connection to The Conjuring franchise. Perhaps […]

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Girls With Balls: Horror-Comedy Doesn’t Quite Spike Its Concept

Yes, this French movie is actually called Girls With Balls. That’s either the best thing – or worst thing – about this horror-comedy. Netflix released this French riff on ‘hillbilly horror‘ earlier in July. Based on the promotional materials, Girls With Balls is best described as Wrong Turn meets Mean Girls. Tonally, the movie looks […]

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The Blair Witch Project: Still Scaring Campers 20 Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost 20 years since The Blair Witch Project haunted movie theatres. Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, The Blair Witch Project is a landmark film. Critics loved it; audiences drove up big box office receipt. To date, it remains one of the most successful […]

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