Soul to Keep: Demon Thriller Possesses Too Few Scares and Fresh Ideas

A group of teens head to a remote cabin to party, but end up meddling with demonic forces. The Evil Dead? No, guess again. Could it be Cabin in the Woods? Wrong. If you guessed low-budget indie horror, Soul to Keep, you’d be correct. Netflix just added this familiar demonic possession thriller. Unfortunately for Soul […]

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Nightmare Cinema: Gory and Ghastly Fun Horror Anthology

Is the horror anthology making a comeback? British studio Amicus Productions rivalled Hammer Films in the 60’s and 70’s with their anthology movies. Creepshow was an 80’s classic. Over the last several years, The ABCs of Death, the V/H/S series, and Holidays have been fun additions to the genre. And just last year, Ghost Stories […]

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Long Live the King: Godzilla King of the Monsters

With the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, studios are racing to create their own lucrative shared universes. Not surprisingly, these efforts have been mixed. Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ was ‘one and done’ after The Mummy. The Conjuring Universe is still scaring audiences despite a couple of clunkers (The Nun). In contrast, Legendary Entertainment has taken […]

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Friend to the End: Child’s Play Reboot Wants to Play

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced the Child’s Play reboot almost two years ago, prompting instant backlash. Not surprisingly, series fans balked at the idea. First, creator Don Mancini and Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, had no involvement with the project. Even stranger was the fact that Mancini had recently revived Chucky with two well-received movies – […]

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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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