Homebound Houses Plenty of Atmosphere, But An Unfinished Story

The latest British horror movie, Homebound, treads some familiar ground with its premise. From first-time director Sebastian Godwin, this thriller mixes bits of ‘creepy kids‘ horror with a remote, seemingly idyllic country manor. In spite of its mixing of well-worn tropes, critics have been generally impressed with Godwin’s effort. And Homebound wouldn’t be the first […]

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The Innocents – The Kids Aren’t Alright in this Norwegian Thriller

Last year, the Norwegian thriller The Innocents debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. On the surface, The Innocents like another entry in the creepy kids subgenre with a supernatural twist thrown in for good measure. Plenty of sci-fi movies (Village of the Damned) and Stephen King novels (Firestarter, Carrie) have explored the premise of children […]

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Hatching a Dark Mix of Finnish Horror and Fairy Tale

Follows its debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Finnish horror movie Hatching has generated considerable buzz. Just the premise and accompanying promotional material are enough pique curiosity. Its premise of a young girl ‘hatching’ a monster from an implausibly large egg conjures up allusions to something written by The Brothers Grimm. From first time […]

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Shark Bait a Derivative, Toothless Killer Shark Movie

Summer’s just around the corner. With the weather warming up people will be heading out to the beach soon enough. So naturally it’s time for another killer shark movie. Following on the heels of the so-so The Requin, Shark Bait quietly swam on to select VOD platforms last week. Nothing about this thriller stands out […]

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Those Who Walk Away Strolls to a Somewhat Compelling Second Half

Earlier in 2022, supernatural thriller Those Who Walk Away premiered simultaneously in select theaters and on VOD platforms. It’s the latest movie to shoot its story in a single continuous take (or at least edited to look like one). From director Robert Rippberger and starring Twilight-alum Booboo Stewart, Those Who Walk Away mixes a familiar […]

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The Sadness a Boundary-Pushing Zombie Movie

Another week, another zombie movie premieres on Shudder. At face value, The Sadness doesn’t promise much outside of the familiar narrative. But this Taiwanese horror movie comes with a buzz generally reserved for the most shocking horror movies. Its violence and purported willingness to cross just about any boundary may draw comparisons to A Serbian […]

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The Twin a Creepy, Occasionally Scary Thriller That Shares Too Much DNA With Other Creepy Kid Movies

Last week, Shudder released its latest original production, The Twin to mixed reactions. From Finnish director Taneli Mustonen, who gave us the underrated 2016 slasher Lake Bodom, The Twin looks to tread some familiar ground. We’ve seen plenty of creepy kid (Children of the Corn, The Children) and demonic offspring (The Omen) movies. Even horror […]

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