Bad Girl An Emotionally Engaging Indie Thriller

Australian indie-thriller, Bad Girl (2016), was released ‘Down Under’ just over a year ago. The small thriller is now finally available on Canadian streaming platforms, albeit with very little buzz. Since Bad Girl was filmed and released, star Samara Weaving has begun building a strong reputation with roles in last fall’s Netflix release, The Babysitter, […]

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Rock N’ Roll Can Never Die: Five Perfect Uses of Rock in Horror Scenes

Rock and roll was transgressive stuff when it hit airwaves in the 1950s. Perhaps then it makes sense that rock music and the horror genre would make such suitable bedfellows. For a genre that relies so heavily on audience mood and feeling, picking just the right song can take a fairly standard moment and turn […]

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Children of the Corn: Runaway Surprisingly Better Than Expected

The original Children of the Corn has a mixed horror legacy. Adapted from a Stephen King short story, the film deviated significantly from its source material. It’s a mixed bag of a horror film with good casting its adult lead roles weighed down by some stiff performances from the child actors. King’s interesting subtext on […]

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It … Will Get Under Your Skin

While the development, production, and eventual release of It (2017) saw a lot of obstacles it was inevitably a huge critical and financial success. Released last fall, It went on to gross just over $327 million on a $35 production budget (Box Office Mojo, n.d.). The final box office totals are particularly impressive when you […]

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William Castle: The P.T. Barnum of Horror

Born on April 24th, 1914, legendary director and producer William Castle is best known today for his theatrical showmanship and ability for stretching small budgets to create memorable horror films. Before Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project claimed to be comprised of “found footage”, William Castle had prop skeletons “floating” over audiences. Several years […]

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Buy a Ticket for Admission to the … House of Wax

On April 25 1953, Warner Bros Studios released House of Wax. It was the first Hollywood color film to use 3-D technology. Additionally, it marked Vincent Price’s first foray into the horror genre, paving the way for what would become a legendary career. Its story of a brilliant wax sculptor, driven mad by betrayal and disfigurement, […]

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Hereditary (2018) Promises Chilling Scares

If the  next installment of the Halloween franchise is the most anticipated horror film of 2018 then Hereditary is a close second. The buzz for Ari Aster’s supernatural chiller has been building slowly but steadily since its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight Section. Scheduled for a June 8th release this […]

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Hellbilly Rob Zombie – His Films Ranked From Worst to First

With all the news trickling in about the upcoming sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell, it’s a good time to re-visit Rob Zombie’s filmography. Admittedly, I have been a huge fan of Zombie’s music from his days with White Zombie. Both Astro-Creep 2000 and Hellbilly Deluxe remain among some of my favourite albums. Given his […]

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Marrowbone Offers Quiet Chills

Marrowbone is a Spanish-English film directed by Sergio G. Sanchez in his feature-length debut. Among his prior credits, Sanchez also wrote the screenplay for the underrated Spanish thriller, The Orphanage. Making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, Marrowbone saw a theatrical release in Spain in October 2017, before arriving on streaming […]

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Truth or Dare (2018) is Fun, Harmless Misstep For Blumhouse

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions are the modern incarnation of the Universal Studios monsters-era and Hammer Films. Over the last 10 years or so, Blumhouse has been behind several critically and financially successful horror releases including the Insidious and The Purge franchises, Get Out, Happy Death Day, and Unfriended. Clearly, Blumhouse has a blueprint […]

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