Malevolence 3 – Killer: A Belated Sequel That Kills the Best Elements of the Original

In 2003, writer, director, and producer Stevan Mena released his indie slasher homage, Malevolence. While it didn’t reach a large audience, Malevolence made enough of an impression to get a belated prequel, Bereavement. Now eight years later, series fans may finally get a resolution to Mena’s story. Though critics lambasted Malevolence as derivative, Mena showed […]

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Empathy, Inc: A Tense Tech Noir Thriller

Empathy, Inc marks the second collaboration between director Yedidya Gorsetman, writer Mark Leidner, and producer Josh Itzkowitz. It’s a clever ‘tech noir’ thriller that blends elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and film noir. The film made its east coast premiere earlier tonight at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to […]

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Apostle: Netflix’s Folk Horror Film Will Make You A Believer

On October 12, Netflix continued its efforts at producing its own original horror content. To date, it feels like they have more misses in 2018 (The Cloverfield Paradox, Malevolent) than hits (The Ritual). But their latest effort, Apostle, looks to have a few strong selling points. Gareth Evans (The Raid) is behind the camera, and […]

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Would You Rather: The World’s Most Awkward Dinner Party

Before Blumhouse was adapting teen party games like Truth or Dare and Seven in Heaven, IFC Films released Would You Rather in 2012. At the time of its release, the low-budget indie horror film didn’t make much of an impact. It certainly wasn’t due to a lack of relevancy. The movie’s story about a millionaire […]

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It Follows: A Modern and Smart Update of the Teen Slasher

You can find good horror films from any era. But it would be hard to argue that the last several years have not witnessed the release of some remarkable genre films. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, It Follows was a 2015 breakthrough indie hit that generated considerable buzz. Like several recent horror films, […]

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Seven in Heaven: Worse Than a Game of ‘Spin the Bottle’

Blumhouse Productions must have its own version of ‘Santa’s Workshop’ hidden away somewhere. I can almost see a secret army of filmmakers and writers toiling around the clock to produce an endless stream of cheap horror films. Case in point – new teen horror film, Seven in Heaven. Blumhouse unceremoniously dumped Seven in Heaven today […]

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Hold the Dark Is A Brooding and Meditative Thriller

Hold the Dark is the latest collaboration between director Jeremy Saulnier and actor-writer, Macon Blair. Previously, Saulnier and Blair have worked together on independent films Blue Ruin and Green Room. Horror fans have likely seen the lean survival thriller, Green Room. For the uninitiated, Blue Ruin is a beautiful and understated revenge film that you should be […]

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Malevolent Is Scary, But Never as Scary As Its Own Illogical Story

Netflix’s track record for horror and thrillers is pretty spotty in 2018. Ritual was an early hit for the streaming platform, but The Open House and The Cloverfield Paradox were forgettable duds. As Halloween creeps up on the calendar, Netflix is looking to make amends. Over the next few weeks, horror fans have The Haunting of Hill House […]

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Joy Ride is a High-Octane 18-Wheeler of Fun Thrills

Director John Dahl is best known for his neo-noir films from the 1990’s. His filmography includes critically-acclaimed thrillers Red Rock West, The Last Seduction, and Rounders. In spite of his track record, Dahl was an odd choice to helm the J.J.Abrams-penned thriller, Joy Ride. On the surface, Abrams’ highway thriller was essentially an MTV-update on […]

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The Houses October Built 2: A Sequel That Should Have Stayed Buried

The Houses October Built was a 2014 found-footage horror film that carved out a small following for itself. Despite mixed reviews, it was a decent chiller that delivered just enough unsettling mood without exhausting its found-footage approach. Like Hell House LLC and Hell Fest, writer and director Bobby Roe effectively exploited growing public interest in Halloween […]

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