Let’s Scare Julie: Clever Approach, Fumbled Ending

Don’t confuse it with Let’s Scare Jessica to Death. That’s 1970’s surrealist horror. Let’s Scare Julie is the latest indie horror with a trick up it’s sleeve looking to fill 2020’s void in the absence of theatrical releases. First-time writer and director Jud Cremata pulls a trick out of Alfred Hitchcock’s playbook. In his 1948 […]

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The New Mutants: Long-Awaited Superhero Thriller Never Quite Finds Its Own Legs

Finally – The New Mutants has arrived in theatres. Sort of. Yes, the last of Fox Studios’ stand-alone X-Men movies has endured a troubled journey to theatres. Recall The New Mutants was original slated for an April 2018 release. Negative rumors and speculation accompanied numerous scheduling changes and re-shoots. Initially, the studio pitched the movie […]

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The Babysitter Killer Queen: Netflix Sequel Feels Unnecessary

Over the last couple of years, Netflix has seemingly stepped back from original horror content. It’s been sparse pickings for horror fans outside of October on the streaming giant. Now with Halloween season just around the corner, Netflix re-visits one of its past original successes – The Babysitter. Among a handful of movies that made […]

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1BR – Psychological Thriller Sublets Some UnnervinG Horror

Horror is often most potent when it touches a nerve. Yes, jolts and jumps make for good popcorn horror. But when a movie pulls back the curtain on social anxiety or ill, it has the power to disturb. By now most of us have heard somewhere that millennials will be the first generation to fare […]

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The First Purge: A Franchise Reborn With Its Best Entry Yet

Two years removed and 2018 still remains the ‘Year of Blumhouse Productions’. While Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare were critical duds, both films were box office successes. And the studio’s re-invigoration of Halloween in October of 2018 marked a major course correction for the dormant franchise. Somewhere in between, Jason Blum tided […]

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We Summon the Darkness: Subversively Devilish Take on Old Tropes

Few things are better-suited for one another than horror, heavy metal, and Satan. Much has already been written about the Satanic moral panic that emerged in the 1980’s. Heavy metal bands that infused their music and public image with Satanic themes – Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motley Crüe – drew the ire of moral entrepreneurs […]

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Deep Blue Sea 3: Sequel Packs Surprising Bite

Over 20 years ago, Deep Blue Sea surprised audiences with its B-movie mix of action and CGI shark thrills. Though critics were split, audiences made it a surprise box office hit. No, it’s no Jaws, but Samuel L Jackson’s death scene remains a hilariously surprising subversion of genre expectations. Yet in spite of its success, […]

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Black Water Abyss – A Belated Soggy Killer Croc Sequel

Outside of sharks and spiders, crocodiles (or alligators) rank pretty high among nature’s scariest predators. They’re basically living, breathing dinosaurs. Not surprisingly then, the horror genre every so often trots out the reptilian predator for another go around. Last summer, Crawl scored a surprising box office take against a modest budget. Twenty years ago, Lake […]

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Random Acts of Violence: Jay Baruchel Confronts the Consequences of Violent Art

Timing is everything. And Canadian slasher Random Acts of Violence perfectly situates itself to address a divisive issue. Last year some critics accused Joker of celebrating toxic male rage and violence. Following George Floyd’s tragic murder, debate quickly turned to movies and television shows that glorified police officers. Now Canadian actor and director Jay Baruchel’s […]

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Host: Shudder Original May Be the Scariest Zoom Meeting Ever

Well, that didn’t take long. Not even a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic and we have our first Zoom-centric horror movie. Yes, Shudder’s newest original movie – filmed during the 2020 lockdown – one up’s Unfriended by setting its story entirely in the latest in cloud-based conferencing technology. Host, a supernatural techno-horror, shares a […]

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