Tragedy Girls Is a Date Worth Making

Horror is catching up with social media and its potential as a source of the horrific. Over the last few years, the horror genre has given us Unfriended, The Den, and the dreadful Friend Request. Each of these movies exploited the anonymous cruelties of our “likes’ based culture. Earlier this week, I reviewed the fun #FromJennifer that […]

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Black Mirror: Listing the Five Best Episodes

Admittedly, I was slow to get on the Black Mirror bandwagon. After receiving recommendations from several students, I finally started binging the British show this past February. A long-time fan of anthology series, including The Twilight Zone and Hammer House of Horror, I now count myself among the legions that consider the Charlie Brooker creation […]

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#FromJennifer is Worth a Follow

We’re living in an era that has witnessed an unprecedented rapid expansion of technology. I can still remember using Napster in the early 2000s and waiting an entire afternoon for a single song to download. In less than a decade we’ve discarded MySpace (and  Facebook could follow) for Snapchat and Instagram. The emergence of social […]

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Martyrs Remake Sacrifices The Original’s Power for Watered-Down Version

The ‘New French Extremity” movement of the 2000s produced some of the most controversial and transgressive horror films this century. Not surprisingly then, North American filmmakers who ran out of 1980s slasher films to remake have begun looting these French horror treasures. One of the first Extremity films to get the remake treatment was Martyrs, […]

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Swipe Left on Bad Match (2017)

SPOILER ALERT: Bad Match (2017) is an awful movie. Not a fun awful movie. There is no ‘cult status’ in the future of Bad Match. This is a film that is so lazy and generic that one has to wonder if it was the result of ‘Script-Writing 101’ group project. Yet somehow a quick scan […]

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Don’t Go in the Water: Piranha

It’s still officially the first week of spring so for this entry of our Re-Animated section we’ll continue with our trip through the EcoHorror subgenre. When Steven Spielberg introduced the world to Jaws he inadvertently spawned a series of rip-offs inspired by his “nature goes wild” theme. From a giant octopus in Tentacles to a […]

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Totally Not Like Jaws: Orca (1977)

Following the massive success of Jaws (1975), several ‘man vs nature’ films were rushed into production to capitalize on Spielberg’s formula. From giant octopi to man-eating bears, Hollywood left few stones unturned in a bid to scare audiences back indoors to the multiplexes. In some cases, celebrated actors rushed to sign on to these film, […]

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Watch out for the … Worms?: Squirm (1976)

As part of our “first week of spring” series, we’re travelling back to the 1970s to review another EcoHorror film. Director Jeff Lieberman earned some good will among slasher horror film fans with his hidden gem, Just Before Dawn. Before this low-budget “campers in the woods” film, Lieberman found himself a spot in the ‘cult […]

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If You Go Out to the Outback Today: Razorback (1984)

Welcome to the first week of spring! With the ground thawing and nature awaking from its slumber, horror fans know that there’s more than allergies waiting outside for you. Natural or EcoHorror films have been warning audiences about our mistreatment of nature and its consequences for decades. Godzilla preached to 1950s filmgoers about the dangers […]

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Leatherface (2017): Witness the Retconning of a Legend

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1972) is a horror classic. Few critics would argue with that statement. Yet the history of the franchise is far more convoluted and troubled than its horror counterparts like Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street. To date, there have been three sequels spanning the 1980s and 1990s with […]

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