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 a little film called Wrong Turn. She was not a fan of horror films. 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 […]

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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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Killers Klowns from Outer Space Landed in Theaters 30 Years Ago

Years before the ‘Killer Clown’ moral panic from Fall 2016 and Twisty the Clown from Season 4 of American Horror Story, there was Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Author Stephen King popularized the ‘evil clown’ in mainstream circles with Pennywise from his novel, It. Of course the idea of killer clowns has a long history going […]

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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 1970s Horror

Shock Waves: The Deep End of 1970s Horror The 1970’s was a landmark decade for the horror genre. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist showed that horror could be taken seriously, while Steven Spielberg proved that horror could fill theatre seats, even in the summer months, with Jaws. It was the decade that saw Halloween, Phantasm, The […]

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Revenge (2017) Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on Its Head

Revenge (2017) Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on its Head A subgenre of exploitation films, 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 were courting controversy in the 1970’s. While both of these films have been remade in […]

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Cargo (2018) Shows the Zombie Film Still Has Plenty of Life In It

Cargo Shows The Zombie Film Still Has Plenty of Life In It Recently it has appeared that 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 […]

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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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