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 Hole in the Ground: Irish Horror Digs Up The Scares

Despite not being a huge exporter of horror movies, Ireland has offered some impressive and understated additions to the genre. In just the last few years Irish filmmakers have given us Let Us Prey, The Cured, and the impressive A Dark Song. Now the critically well-received The Hole in the Ground has hit several VOD […]

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Bad Ben: DIY Found-Footage Haunts Familiar Ground

Cannibal Holocaust introduced the idea of ‘found-footage’. Nearly 20 years later, The Blair Witch Project fully embraced the concept. And when Paranormal Activity replaced the Saw franchise as the annual Halloween tradition, the found-footage horror (FFH) was officially its own subgenre. Though over-saturation has led to FFH fizzling out, hidden gems occasionally surface. Nigel Bach’s […]

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The Perfection: Netflix Orchestrates a Twisting Thriller

Art is pain. At least that’s what horror movies would have you believe. In less than a year, Suspiria twisted limbs in a dance academy, and Velvet Buzzsaw gave us evil paintings. And now Netflix wants to invest the world of classical music with horror. The streaming giant’s latest release, The Perfection, orchestrates a twisting […]

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The Cleaning Lady: Unnerving Psychological Horror

To date, the year 2019 has given us several strong theatrical horror outings. We’re only halfway through the year, and Hollywood has already given us Jordan Peele’s Us, Escape Room, and Happy Death Day2U. What’s been seemingly missing are the low-key indie horror flicks. A few gems have popped up here and there, but too […]

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The Super Maintains Enough Scares to Keep You Watching

Last year around this time, Delirium was the middle-of-the-road supernatural offering of choice on Netflix. Now, another supernatural-themed VOD movie, The Super, is poised to find an audience on Netflix. While Delirium had Topher Grace, The Super ups the ante with Val Kilmer. But what Val Kilmer will we get? Is it a ‘Tombstone‘ Kilmer […]

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Braid Spins a Twisty Tale For Thriller Fans

Amongst the output of theatrical horror releases in 2019, Braid has been one of the more talked about indie releases. Its premise promises the sort of twisty psychological horror reminiscent of early Giallo thrillers or the more recent Black Swan. First-time director Mitzi Peirone looks to re-kindle a more psychologically trippy approach to horror thrillers. […]

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The Prodigy Gets a B for Scares, D for Originality

Recently revived Orion Pictures released The Prodigy earlier this year. Tucked in between Escape Room and Happy Death Day 2U, Nicholas McCarthy’s ‘creepy kids’ horror movie scraped together just enough to turn a profit. Think of it as a supernatural variation on 2009’s Orphan. But with so many ‘bad seeds in horror, is The Prodigy […]

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Body at Brighton Rock: If You Go Down in the Woods Today

Earlier this year, Body at Brighton Rock debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. A stripped down survival horror-thriller, Body at Brighton Rock also marks Roxanne Benjamin’s directorial debut of a feature length movie. Benjamin has been a bright spot in horror for several years. She’s produced the anthology horror movies V/H/S, V/H/S 2, […]

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