Jigsaw Trapped By The Law of Diminishing Returns

I can’t imagine many people in 2017 begging for another entry in the Saw franchise. Several movie into most horror franchises are typically marked by a descent into self-parody. In some cases, later sequels just shrug their shoulders, give up, and jettison themselves into space (see Hellraiser, Leprechaun). Once a Halloween tradition in the 2000’s, […]

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The Open House: Less Fun Than a Real Estate Bubble

Over the last several years Netflix has revolutionized not only how we watch television but what we watch. With its tremendously successful original television programming it was a natural next step to make the move to produce original films. For horror fans, Netflix had a huge hit last fall with Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the […]

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Inside Remake Misses the Point of New French Extremity

Two trends characterized horrors films in the 2000s: (1) the cycle of Hollywood remakes of 1980s slasher films and (2) the emergence of the “torture porn” subgenre. Numerous horror scholars have examined the “torture porn” cycle of horror as part of a larger societal response to 9/11 and emergent debates around torture and interrogation (Wetmore, […]

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Five Underrated Slasher Films Worth Your Time

It was the 1980s – hair metal and syth-pop ruled music charts, Cabbage Patch Kid dolls were all the rage, and for a brief, fleeting moment, the slasher film dominated the horror genre. Even casual horror fans are familiar with the standout slasher franchises – Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. […]

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Hell Night Will Mostly Feel Like a Hazing for the Audience

Scream Factory has thankfully released another obscure slasher film title from the 1980’s for die-hard collectors. From the release of Halloween (1978) to  the mid-1980s, slasher films ruled horror. The teen ‘stalk-and-slash’ subgenre spawned multi-million dollar franchises, like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Even casual horror fans are probably familiar with some […]

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake: How Do You Re-Imagine a Classic?

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Re-Animated, where I compare horror remakes to their original counterparts. In this inaugural post, Ill be looking at a benchmark horror film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tobe Hooper’s 1973 classic is arguably one of the best horror films of all time. Its influence on the genre is immeasurable. More importantly, The Texas […]

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The Devil’s Rain Offers Cheesy Fun for B-Film Fans

You can usually distinguish casual film fans from horror buffs based on their appreciation of the rare and, sometimes inept examples, of the genre. The Devil’s Rain is probably a good litmus test. Among the number of ‘Satanic Panic’ movies from the 70’s, this one straddles that fence between ‘so bad it’s actually good to […]

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Ignore This Friend Request

This past year was a banner year for horror. Arguably, Get Out and It’s runaway success stories played a huge role in this success. Yet not every horror movie released in 2017 scared up box office receipts or critical triumph. Friend Request, a German English-language film produced in 2016 and shelved until late in 2017, […]

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