Halfway to Hell: Best Horror Movies of 2019 … So Far

Are we already halfway through June? Time flies by for horror fans when you’re coasting through another good year for the genre. In 2019, we’ve seen a horror movie defy the “January Jinx”. We’ve already gotten Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, and we still have It: Chapter Two and Midsommar to look forward to. […]

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Nightmare Cinema: Gory and Ghastly Fun Horror Anthology

Is the horror anthology making a comeback? British studio Amicus Productions rivalled Hammer Films in the 60’s and 70’s with their anthology movies. Creepshow was an 80’s classic. Over the last several years, The ABCs of Death, the V/H/S series, and Holidays have been fun additions to the genre. And just last year, Ghost Stories […]

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Paranoia and Pods: Invasion of the Body Snatchers A Genre Classic

Contrary to popular opinion, Hollywood has been remaking movies for decades. Even Charlton Heston’s 1959 classic, Ben-Hur was a remake of a 1925 movie. Another case in point – 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To date, Hollywood has adapted Jack Finney’s novel, The Body Snatchers, four times. In fact, director Don Siegel first adapted […]

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Train: Sort of Remake Not Worth The Ticket to Ride

Technically, Millennium Film’s 2008 Train isn’t a remake of Jamie Lee Curtis slasher, Terror Train. That was the original idea. Apparently, writer and director Gideon Raff took the concept in a new direction. This is probably a nice way of saying that the producers took note of the box office receipts for ‘torture porn’ horror. […]

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Long Live the King: Godzilla King of the Monsters

With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, studios are racing to create their own lucrative shared universes. Not surprisingly, these efforts have been mixed. Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ was ‘one and done’ after The Mummy. The Conjuring Universe is still scaring audiences despite a couple of clunkers (The Nun). In contrast, Legendary Entertainment has taken […]

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Lifeforce: The Only 80’s Movie About Naked Space Vampires

Tobe Hooper directed several memorable horror movies over the course of his career. Though he’s best known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hooper’s eclectic filmography included Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot, and ‘hillbilly’ horror Eaten Alive. To say that his 1985 movie, Lifeforce, might be his most bizarre would be an understatement. Based on a novel called […]

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Friend to the End: Child’s Play Reboot Wants to Play

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced the Child’s Play reboot almost two years ago, prompting instant backlash. Not surprisingly, series fans balked at the idea. First, creator Don Mancini and Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, had no involvement with the project. Even stranger was the fact that Mancini had recently revived Chucky with two well-received movies – […]

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Wolf Creek: A Disturbing Down Under Vacation

At the peak of the 2000’s ‘Torture Porn‘ craze, Australian director Greg McLean (Rogue, The Belko Experiment) released Wolf Creek. Despite its modest box office success, critics were divided by the movie’s extremely graphic violence. Far removed from silly slasher violence, Wolf Creek shared more DNA with New French Extremity movies like High Tension, Martyrs, […]

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Creep: A Found-Footage Gem For Horror Fans

Blame The Blair Witch Project, and its shaky camera work. But once The Paranormal Activity franchise took off, horror filmmakers increasingly turned to the found-footage format. Between 2010 and 2015, the horror genre churned out dozens of found-footage titles including The Den, Unfriended, and even a Blair Witch sequel/reboot. One of the better found-footage offerings […]

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The Omen Remake: Devil of an Opportunity Wasted

During the remake-crazy 2000’s, Hollywood largely focused on 80’s slasher movie titles. Occasionally, studios have opted to re-imagine classic horror movies – a Dawn of the Dead or Suspiria. Another case in point was Warner Bros attempt to resurrect The Omen franchise. There was no Gregory Peck this time around, but The Omen remake had […]

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