The Lodge: Unsettling Psychological Horror

Since its resurrection in the late 2000s, Hammer Films has quietly re-established itself in the horror genre. Though Blumhouse Productions has eclipsed the British studio in quantity and, arguably, overall quality, Hammer has a delivered a few memorable projects. Most notably, Let Me In and The Woman in Black were hallmarks of the studio’s atmospheric […]

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Girl House: Better-Than-Expected Canadian Slasher

Canadian slasher movie, Girl House, made a “blink and you’ll miss it” debut at a small film festival. Afterwards, the Entertainment One slasher made a quiet transition to VOD platforms where it faded into obscurity. On one hand, Girl House was a relatively straightforward approach to the subgenre. Additionally, its “camera in every room” premise […]

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Brahms The Boy 2: Sequel Can Only Dream of Being Real Horror Movie

In spite of its modest, but surprising, box office success, Lakeshore Entertainment took four years to release a sequel to The Boy. Maybe they should have left the doll on the shelf. Director William Brent Bell returned for sequel, Brahms The Boy II. But Katie Holmes steps in for Lauren Cohan this time around. And the […]

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The Wretched: Supernatural Twist on Rear Window Casts a Spell

Horror movies often work best when they place extraordinary events in relatively ordinary settings. Halloween scares because its inexplicable evil just happens. It has no motive or reason, and it happens right next door. The family in Poltergeist could be your family. And the neighbours in Rosemary’s Baby seem so damn ordinary. As the “Master […]

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Get In (or Furie): Netflix French Thriller Mixes Up Get Out with Straw Dogs

Poor Get In. Or Furie. Though Netflix makes a relatively good effort to acquire and stream international movies, they’re less committed to letting you know these titles are available. You’re forgiven if you didn’t know Get In was available earlier this week. Netflix forgot to mention it. To make matters worse, the streaming giant re-christened […]

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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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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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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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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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