Horror Franchises: Ten of the Best Movie Series in the Genre

They’re a Hollywood staple. Call them franchises or, the more en vogue term, ‘shared universes’. If you don’t have one, you want one. Already have one – develop more of them. Aside from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros has their DC Extended Universe and the MonsterVerse. But the horror genre has always had franchises […]

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Escape Room: Same Title, Definitely Wrong Movie

Like haunted attractions or amusement park ‘dark rides’, the escape room fad was tailor-made for horror movies. Not surprisingly then, a handful of recent horror movies have released in the last few years exploiting the trend. But what were the odds you’d have two similarly-themed horror movies with the exact same title? Of course, odds […]

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Blood Quantum: Indigenous Zombie Movie Finds Life in the Subgenre

If horror fans are getting tired of zombie movies, Hollywood and indie filmmakers haven’t noticed. Even with The Walking Dead declining in the ratings, we’ve still seen a steady influx of undead horror. Overlord and Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die are the most recent zombie theatrical releases. Meanwhile Netflix has streamed several recent zombie […]

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Beneath: Fishy Thriller Not Quite the ‘Catch of the Day’

As the weather warms up, people will inevitably be heading out to enjoy nature. Fortunately, horror is here to remind us that nature is far less impressed with us. Whether it’s eco-horror or just ‘killer animal’ movies in the tradition of Jaws or Burning Bright, nature striking back usually makes for great late-night horror viewing. […]

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0.0 Mhz: South Korean Paranormal Chiller On Wrong Frequency

South Korea has given the horror genre some of its best movies over the last two decades. ‘Zombies on a train’ movie Train to Busan is deservedly a fan favourite. But South Korean filmmakers have also delivered I Saw The Devil, Thirst, A Tale of Two Sisters, and The Wailing. Don’t complain about subtitles. Each […]

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Destroyer: Low-Budget Prison Slasher is Hard Time

Let’s take a trip back to the 1980’s. As the decade was coming to a close, the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher had passed. Aside from major franchise sequels, Hollywood relegated the B-movie slasher to straight-to-video hell. Older horror fans may recall the obscure Destroyer from the top shelf of their local video story. Though […]

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The Turning: Adaptation Turns the Screw on Audiences

British author Henry James published his Gothic novella, The Turn of the Screw, in 1898. Though Hollywood has adapted the source material several times, Jack Clayton’s 1961 movie The Innocents still stands as the definitive cinematic version. Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others isn’t really an adaptation, but it shares common DNA. Earlier in 2020, Universal Pictures […]

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Never Watch Again: The Elm Street Remake No One Wanted

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes studio has produced a handful of successful original horror movies (A Quiet Place, The Purge series). However, horror fans primarily know the studio for its assembly line of 2000’s remakes. Over the course of the decade, Platinum Dunes tackledThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, and even VHS […]

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Rabid: The Soska Sisters Take a Bite Out of a Cronenberg Cult Classic

Over the last 20 years, Hollywood has raided most major horror masters‘ closets for remakes. Romero (Dawn of the Dead, The Crazies), Craven (The Hills Have Eyes), Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) – each of these filmmakers has seen their work re-imagined with mixed results. It was only a matter of time before someone turned their […]

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Color Out of Space: Lovecraftian Horror Goes ‘Full Cage’

After years away from feature narrative film-making, director Richard Stanley is back in a big way. Stanley’s early eclectic work included bizarro cult classics Hardware and Dust Devil. Sadly, film-goers most likely recall Stanley from his very brief work on the disastrous The Island of Dr Moreau. New Line Cinema notoriously fired Stanley just days […]

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