The Invisible Man: What You Can’t See Can Be Very Scary

Nearly two years after The Mummy failed to kick off the ‘Dark Universe’, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and Blumhouse Productions have resurrected the Universal Monsters. This isn’t the first time Blumhouse has re-ignited a dormant franchise. And Whannell is no stranger to mixing horror and science fiction. While The Mummy was a bloated combination of horror […]

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Universal Monsters: Five Legacy-Defining Movies

Universal Studios and the Universal monsters of the 1930’s and 1940’s are the template for our Halloween. Mad scientists and hunchback assistants. Angry villagers with pitchforks and torches. Shuffling monsters with electrodes their neck. Full moons and werewolves. Aristocratic vampire in capes. During their nearly two decade reign over horror, Universal created much of the […]

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Hollow Man: A Hollow Update of HG Wells Classic

Author HG Wells’ 1897 novel, The Invisible Man, is a classic work of science fiction. Director James Whale’s 1933 movie adaption later introduced The Invisible Man to the gallery of Universal Monsters. Since Whale’s groundbreaking version, Hollywood has re-visited Wells’ character numerous times, with mixed results. In 2000, RoboCop and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven […]

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The Crazies: Beware Thy Neighbour in this Horror Remake

A horror legend, fans most strongly associate George A Romero with his defining ‘dead’ movies. Starting with Night of the Living Dead, Romero’s zombie films spanned an amazing five decades. But early in his career, Romero experimented with genres. If you dig through his filmography, you’ll even find a romantic comedy. Among those early works, […]

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Leave Those Kids Alone: The ‘Social Outcast’ and the Bully Revenge Film

Today, in Canada, it’s Pink Shirt Day. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s an event designed to promote anti-bullying in our schools. At some point in most of our lives, we’ve probably all had run-in’s with the schoolyard bully. Not surprisingly then, a sizeable number of horror movies have revolved around a picked-upon loner […]

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Girl on the Third Floor: Indie Thriller Mortgages More Scares From Its Haunted House

Another haunted house movie starring a wrestler-turned-actor? That doesn’t sound like a recipe for a good indie horror movie. Nevertheless, Girl on the Third Floor impressed critics on the festival circuit. Now after slowly making its way to VOD services, Netflix has finally added this indie chiller to its horror menu. So is Girl on […]

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Blood & Brawn: When 80’s Action Heroes Go Horror

Ah, the 1980’s was a simpler time. You could watch episodes of your favourite television show in any order. Continuity wasn’t an issue. And our action heroes weren’t bogged down with angst And introspection. Less cerebral, more brawn, it was shoot first, then shoot again. It was the era of the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s and Sylvester […]

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The Boy: Creepy Doll Thriller Scares Enough Life Into Familiar Story

Four years ago, Lakeshore Entertainment released The Boy amidst the January doldrums. Despite its obvious similarities to The Conjuring Universe’s Annabelle, The Boy pleasantly surprised at the box office. Without much competition, the creepy doll thriller grossed just north of $35 million on a small budget. Yet rather than quickly capitalizing on the movie’s success, […]

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Doll Parts: The Best Killer Doll Horror Movies

What scares you? The best horror movies exploit our most basic fears. Home invasion movies, for example, undermine our sense of security in the place we should feel the safest. Killer bug movies understand that most people hate ‘creepy crawlies’. And sharks – they’re basically freight trains with teeth. But some people have strange fears. […]

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Pitchfork: A Better-Than-Expected Rural Slasher Flick

Sometimes simple is better. After roughly four decades of slasher movies, there’s probably not much else that can be done with the subgenre. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just a straightforward ‘stalk and slash’ movie. Case in point, the 2017 limited release, Pitchfork. With a generic horror movie title and some equally run-of-the-mill promotional […]

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