Bark at the Moon: Silver Bullet Offers Fun Lightweight Horror

Happy Super Blue Blood Moon! In honour of the rare event, I’ll be reviewing the Blu-ray release of the 1985 werewolf film Silver Bullet, released in Australia courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment. The Blu-ray release comes in the midst of a much appreciated Stephen King revival (just ignore the failed Dark Tower film like most filmgoers […]

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Jigsaw (2017) and the Law of Diminishing Returns

I can’t imagine there were too many people in 2017 begging for another entry in the Saw franchise. Several films into most horror franchises are typically marked by a descent into self-parody or, in some cases, launching the series into space (see Hellraiser, Leprechaun). Once a Halloween tradition in the 2000s, the Saw franchise ended […]

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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 often distinguish casual film fans who happen to enjoy a good scary movie once in a while from the horror film buff based on their appreciation of the rare and sometimes inept examples of the genre. The Devil’s Rain is probably as good as a litmus test as you could ask for as […]

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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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