Red Eye: Wes Craven’s First-Class Psychological Thriller

Following the success of his Scream franchise, Wes Craven took a few years off before getting behind the camera again. Horror fans waited five years for Craven’s next movie. In 2005, Craven released not one, but two, movies. One of those movies was a success; the other was not. Despite a great cast and classic […]

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Body Parts: Pieces of a Good Movie Never Stitched Together

Welcome to a new column on the blog – It Came From the 90’s. Horror fans love the 80’s. In the last decade, we’ve seen horror re-emerge to new heights reminiscent of the 1970’s. Despite the 2000’s maligned ‘Torture Porn’ and remake crazes, the genre still had healthy box office life. But the 90’s seems […]

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House of the Devil: Ti West and the Rise of ‘Mumblegore’

Trends come and go in horror, as with other film genres. Slashers dominated the 1980’s, while ‘Torture Porn’ and found-footage took turns in the 2000’s. Over the last few years, critics have coined the term ‘elevated horror’ for movies like Midsommar and The Witch. And since the early 2000’s, genre enthusiasts have found their ’horror-fied’ […]

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Maximum Overdrive: Maximum King, Maximum Stupidity, Maximum Fun

Over his illustrious career, Stephen King has written over 60 novels. Hollywood has adapted many of these books into movies, mini-series, and television shows. To date, however, King has only directed one movie himself. But that one movie was the absolutely bonkers, Maximum Overdrive. Think Terminator, except about a quarter of the IQ points. If […]

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Mental Illness in Horror Movies: Exploiting and Stigmatizing For Scares

Years before Joker raised a furor, the American Psychiatric Associated (APA) levelled similar criticisms at DC Comics. Specifically, the APA took issue with Batman’s ‘rogues gallery’ and its misrepresentation of mental illness. Outside of comics, popular culture has historically misrepresented mental illness. Like mainstream news media, our movies and television entertainment have propagated the myth […]

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The Unborn: Jumby Wants a Better Movie

Amidst the tide of remakes, ‘Torture Porn’, and found-footage horror in the 2000’s, demonic possession movies made a quiet comeback. Yes, there was the surprisingly successful The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And then Hollywood took a couple stabs at resurrecting The Exorcist franchise. Somewhere in between we got some generic efforts like Lost Souls, The […]

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Countdown: Killer App Movie More Yik Yak Than Tik Tok

Hollywood didn’t show horror fans much love last October. Over the 2000’s, horror fans were spoiled with annual Halloween franchise traditions. First, Saw movies became an October rite of passage, followed a few years of Paranormal Activity sequels. And 2017 gave us the best October movie – a proper Halloween sequel. But last year all […]

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Antisocial: Canadian Social Media Horror Not Likely to Trend

Canadian horror movie, Antisocial, hit the film festival circuit way back in 2013. As if often the case with smaller movies, Antisocial was just one of those movies that fell under the radar. With its story of a social media site embedded with a virus that turns users into ‘rabid zombies’, Antisocial touches on themes […]

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Deep Blue Sea 2: Something Fishy Off the Starboard Bow

If you were a certain age in the 1990’s, you remember Deep Blue Sea. Released in the summer of 1999, the Renny Harlin-directed shark thriller was a modest box office hit earning just over $73 million on a $60 million budget. Its premise of genetic experiments creating intelligent killer sharks made for delightfully silly B-movie […]

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Deadcon: Don’t Forget to ‘Unsubscribe’ From This Cheap Thriller

So what’s trending in horror? Hashtags. Snap streaks. Likes. Clickbait. Selfies. The horror genre’s never been one to miss out on what’s ‘trending’. Or what’s causing anxiety amongst the masses. And, in some cases, what grates on our nerves. In the 1980’s, slasher movies played on conservative fantasies of ‘punishing’ rebellious youth. Over the last […]

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