Are You Ready to Upgrade (2018) Tomorrow?

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions look to tighten their grasp over the horror corner of the box office this Friday. While Truth or Dare received tepid reviews, it still grossed just north of $40 million on a tiny $3.5 million production budget earlier in April (Box Office Mojo, nd). Later this year Blumhouse is set […]

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They Remain (2018): …Audiences May Not

This week delivers another independent horror/thriller film available on several streaming platforms – They Remain. Based on a short story by horror author Laird Barron entitled “-30-“, They Remain’s trailers promises quiet chills, atmosphere, and Lovecraftian themes for patient horror fans. Philip Gelatt, whose only other previous directing credit was a 2011 film called The Bleeding House, […]

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Good Eats: Wrong Turn Delivered Comfort Food for Horror Fans

Fifteen years ago I dragged a girl I was dating to see Wrong Turn. She wasn’t a fan of horror movies. Needless to say we didn’t date for very long but I’ll always have Wrong Turn. The “redneck” slasher film that was part Texas Chainsaw Massacre and part Deliverance was released on May 30 2003. In […]

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Happy Death Day: A Horror Film You’ll Want to Watch Over and Over Again

Last fall, amidst the hype surrounding It and Halloween production news, Blumhouse delivered a pleasant surprise to horror fans. Released last October, Happy Death Day took its Groundhog Day-infused premise and scared up just shy of $56 million. Consistent with Blumhouse’s horror formula, Happy Death Day was made for a paltry $4.8 million dollars. Critics […]

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The Alien Franchise: Ranking the Films from Worst to First

On May 25th, 1979, Alien was released in the United States. In the almost 40 years following its release, Ridley Scott’s landmark horror film has inspired sequels, prequels, crossovers, and countless imitators. It’s the rare example of a movie that has lost none of its potency with subsequent viewings. To celebrate its anniversary, for this […]

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Shock Waves: The Deep End of 1970’s Horror

The 1970’s was a landmark decade for the horror genre. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist showed that horror could be taken seriously. Just a few years later, Steven Spielberg filled theater seats over the summer months with Jaws. It was the decade that saw Halloween, Phantasm, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, and Alien released. Ken Wiederhorn’s […]

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Revenge Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on Its Head

The rape-revenge thriller has a controversial place within the larger horror genre. Films like The Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave courted controversy way back in the 1970’s. While both of these films have been remade in the last decade, critical attention on sexual violence in media has only intensified. […]

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Cargo: Netflix Zombie Film Shows The ‘Undead’ Still Have Some Life

So even the ‘living dead‘ are vulnerable to the cyclical nature of popular culture. All the rage for over a decade, zombie entertainment has been seemingly waning over the last year or so. The Walking Dead’s Season 8 finale was the zombie juggernaut’s second least watched finale (Adalian, 2018, April 17). It may seem strange […]

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Habit (2017) Bites Off More Than It Can Chew

Based on a novel by Stephen McGeagh, Habit is a new British horror film set in the neon-drenched streets of Manchester. An interesting blend of neo noir and horror, Habit is the rare horror film that does not show its entire hand in its promotional materials. The film’s synopsis is vague and its trailer really […]

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Island Zero Misses the Boat on Its Promising Premise

Island Zero is horror film set on a fishing island off the coast of Maine – and it’s not based on a Stephen King novel. Available this week across several VOD platforms, I hadn’t heard much buzz on this new underwater monster film, but the premise seemed fun. Written by Tess Gerritsen and directed by […]

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