Mental Illness in Horror Movies: Exploiting and Stigmatizing For Scares

Years before Joker raised a furor, the American Psychiatric Associated (APA) levelled similar criticisms at DC Comics. Specifically, the APA took issue with Batman’s ‘rogues gallery’ and its misrepresentation of mental illness. Outside of comics, popular culture has historically misrepresented mental illness. Like mainstream news media, our movies and television entertainment have propagated the myth […]

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The Unborn: Jumby Wants a Better Movie

Amidst the tide of remakes, ‘Torture Porn’, and found-footage horror in the 2000’s, demonic possession movies made a quiet comeback. Yes, there was the surprisingly successful The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And then Hollywood took a couple stabs at resurrecting The Exorcist franchise. Somewhere in between we got some generic efforts like Lost Souls, The […]

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Countdown: Killer App Movie More Yik Yak Than Tik Tok

Hollywood didn’t show horror fans much love last October. Over the 2000’s, horror fans were spoiled with annual Halloween franchise traditions. First, Saw movies became an October rite of passage, followed a few years of Paranormal Activity sequels. And 2017 gave us the best October movie – a proper Halloween sequel. But last year all […]

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Antisocial: Canadian Social Media Horror Not Likely to Trend

Canadian horror movie, Antisocial, hit the film festival circuit way back in 2013. As if often the case with smaller movies, Antisocial was just one of those movies that fell under the radar. With its story of a social media site embedded with a virus that turns users into ‘rabid zombies’, Antisocial touches on themes […]

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Deep Blue Sea 2: Something Fishy Off the Starboard Bow

If you were a certain age in the 1990’s, you remember Deep Blue Sea. Released in the summer of 1999, the Renny Harlin-directed shark thriller was a modest box office hit earning just over $73 million on a $60 million budget. Its premise of genetic experiments creating intelligent killer sharks made for delightfully silly B-movie […]

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Deadcon: Don’t Forget to ‘Unsubscribe’ From This Cheap Thriller

So what’s trending in horror? Hashtags. Snap streaks. Likes. Clickbait. Selfies. The horror genre’s never been one to miss out on what’s ‘trending’. Or what’s causing anxiety amongst the masses. And, in some cases, what grates on our nerves. In the 1980’s, slasher movies played on conservative fantasies of ‘punishing’ rebellious youth. Over the last […]

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Cheerleader Horror Movies: Give me a D … For Dead

This past week, Netflix released its latest binge-worthy docu-series, Cheer. A reality show following a college cheerleading program, Cheer has already amassed a pretty big following. So in the spirit of Netflix’s latest addiction, let’s take a look at some of horror’s most inspired cheerleader horror movies. Though horror movies typically love killing teens and […]

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Nightmare Beach: The Best (Worst) Slasher, Spring Break Something or Other

Nightmare Beach is an under-the-radar horror movie. Despite it’s lack of brand familiarity, this Umberto Lenzi-flick accomplishes an impressive feat. That is, it combines not one, but two, sub-genres whose popularity had receded by the late 80’s – the slasher and the Spring Break teen sex romp. For older horror fans, Nightmare Beach was that […]

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The Marshes a Soggy Aussie Horror

Most horror fans can probably agree that Netflix’s catalogue leaves much to be desired. Enter horror-streaming service, Shudder. In addition to a pretty impressive library of older horror movies, Shudder platforms some decent indie productions. Last year, Shudder released two stand-outs in Prevenge and Revenge. Now early in 2020, Shudder’s latest release is Aussie slasher […]

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Underwater: Batten Down the Hatches for a Fun Popcorn Monster Movie

We’re not even halfway through January and Hollywood has already given us not one, but two, new horror movies. A second go-around at Americanizing The Grudge bombed hard with critics and the box office. And early signs are bleak for Kristen Stewart’s aquatic horror movie, Underwater. As the weekend’s box office receipts roll in, Underwater […]

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