The Cellar: Haunted House Horror Doesn’t Add Up To Many Scares

Do you know what’s scarier than creepy old houses? Cellars of creepy old houses. Horror has no shortage of haunted house movies. And plenty of bad things in horror movies happen in dank cellars. Don’t Breathe. The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring. There’s even scary movies with ‘cellar’ or ‘basement’ right in the title. The Basement. […]

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Master An Ambiguous But No Less Compelling Social Horror Movie

With Netflix reporting a loss of subscribers for the first time, Amazon Prime continues building up its original content. Among its latest new movies in 2022, writer and director Mariama Diallo promises a mix of horror and social commentary with her first film, Master. Like Jordan Peele’s Get Out and the recent Candyman remake, Master […]

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Choose Or Die a Laggy Netflix Techno-Horror Effort

Earlier this year, Netflix divided horror fans with its Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel. Now its latest original movie looks to tap into a mix of early 90s techno-horror and some Wes Craven-inspired fantasy-horror. Originally titled CURS-R, Choose or Die marks the directorial debut for Toby Meakins. Whether the title change is an improvement for the […]

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Morbius Drains Its ‘Living Vampire’ Antihero of Life

Give Sony Entertainment some credit. They’re bound and determined to expand a peripheral Spider-Man shared universe populated by the webslinger’s rogues. Even after their Amazing Spider-Man franchise crashed and burned, Sony persisted with two dicey Venom movies. After a long and winding road to a theatrical release, Morbius has finally arrived. And with Disney rebooting […]

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Blood Conscious An Uneven Mix of Paranoia and Social Commentary

Do you know your neighbours? Your friends? Family? Good horror movies tap into basic fears that transcend time periods. From Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Thing to The Invitation, paranoia has made for fertile ground in the horror genre. One of the strengths of the premise is its malleability. That is, good filmmakers […]

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Night’s End Can’t Quite Deliver On A Strong Opening

As 2022 marches on, Shudder continues to serve as one of the best streaming platforms for more obscure titles and smaller, new horror releases. With March winding down and April just around the corner, Shudder’s latest release, Night’s End, marks Jennifer Reeder’s (V/H/S/94) latest feature-length horror effort. Its story of a reclusive man rebuilding his […]

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Dracula Untold a Reminder That Most Origin Stories Are Best Left Untold

Hollywood has always loved sequels. But the early 2000s saw studios pursue a new direction for franchise-building – prequels or origin stories. Ever want to know why Hannibal Lecter is a cannibal? How about Michael Myers’ childhood? Or what about Father Merrin’s first encounter with The Exorcist demon, Pazuzu? Though Rob Zombie’s Halloween has its […]

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Windfall Falls Short of Its Noir Ambitions

This March Netflix takes a bit of a break from its true crime docu-series staples (Bad Vegan, The Tinder Swindler) for some original escapist entertainment. Directed by Charlie McDowell and featuring Jason Segel, Lily Collins, and Jesse Plemons, Windfall looks like an old-fashioned crime thriller. With its California setting and small cast, this story of […]

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