Our House Delivers Bland, Light Supernatural Scares

Horror films are at their best when they touch on sensitive nerves. Jaws isn’t scary because it’s about a big man-eating shark, it’s scary because it plays on our fears of not knowing what’s lurking beneath us in the water. Haunted house films are frightening because they strip away at the security we believe exists […]

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If You Go In The Woods Today: The Blair Witch Project Still Haunts

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost 20 years since The Blair Witch Project haunted movie theatres. I was a graduate student doing a practicum in Ottawa when the first commercials starting airing on television. It’s one of the few films where I can still vividly recall seeing it for the first time. […]

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Cherry Falls: Subverting the Slasher Narrative

By the year 2000, the slasher-lite revolution ironically kickstarted by Scream was already running out of gas. Knock-off films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend had already produced inferior sequels. A new cycle of horror, ‘Torture Porn’, was also just around the corner. There were undoubtedly a lot of mediocre […]

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Castle Rock: Episodes 1-3

This past week streaming platform Hulu debuted its original series, Castle Rock. Of course, Stephen King fans should recognize that title as its a fictional town that has appeared in several of the author’s work. Castle Rock has promised a television series that will work various parts of King’s past work into something of its […]

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The Barn Offers Fun VHS Horror Nostalgia

If you can remember walking the aisles of a video store and scanning the top shelves for the cool-looking Rated-R horror covers, The Barn may be just the movie for you. A B-film that’s garnered a lot of love at smaller genre film festivals, Justin M. Seaman’s homage to VHS horror films was finally released […]

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The Amityville Horror: Still A Definitive Haunted House Film

It is arguably one of the most famous haunted houses in the world. It’s the Long Island house in Amityville where Ronald DeFeo murdered six members of his family in 1974. One year later the Lutz family movie into the same home where they claimed that they had experienced recurrent paranormal phenomenon. The same house […]

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Take a Dive In The Shallows For Shark Week

Happy Shark Week 2018! If you’re like me, you’re probably looking for a good shark thriller to celebrate the Shark Week festivities. Sadly, we’re still a few weeks away from the release of The Meg. It would be a no-brainer to recommend Jaws, a film I re-visit at the start of every summer. Instead I’m […]

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Ghost Stories Marks the Return of the British Horror Anthology

Older horror fans will likely recall the history of Amicus Productions and the British horror anthology films they released over the 1960’s to the 1970’s. Some of these old-school British chillers included classics like Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, The House That Dripped Blood, Asylum, and Tales from Crypt. Horror legends like Christopher Lee and […]

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Romina: Mexican Slasher Carves Up Netflix’s Quality Control

Netflix looks to continue to build its horror offerings with its latest addition, the Mexican-slasher film Romina. There’s little in the way of advance buzz for Romina and director Diego Cohen’s filmography is a little sparse. Netflix’s synopsis also doesn’t offer much other than promising a mix of a slasher and rape-revenge film story-line. Having […]

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