Sabrina: Demonic Doll, Not The Teenage Witch

No, not that Sabrina. Netflix expands its international horror offerings this week with Indonesian movie, Sabrina. And it’s not even about a witch. Instead Sabrina plays as part Annabelle, part Ouija, and part The Conjuring with some Truth or Dare mixed in for good measure. In a year that’s seen international horror movies like Veronica and May The Devil […]

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The Babysitter On Netflix: Not Your Parents’ Mary Poppins

The ‘babysitter in peril’ trope is a favourite in the horror genre. We’ve seen it before from John Carpenter’s Halloween to When a Stranger Calls. But since Wes Craven flipped the rules in Scream, horror fans have gotten smarter. We expect more from our horror movies today, not more of the same. Just over a […]

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Cam: An Unsettling Look at Identity and Technology

A joint production between Blumhouse Productions and two smaller studios, Cam is the latest thriller to explore anxieties about technology and social identity. Over the past year, similarly-themed movies #FromJennifer and Tragedy Girls have found horror at the intersection between social media and our ‘Likes-obsessed’ culture. This time around, Cam takes us into the world of […]

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May The Devil Take You: A Devilish Homage To Evil Dead

Netflix released Indonesian horror homage, May The Devil Take You (Sebelum Iblis Menjemput) this past Friday. Timo Tjahjanto served as writer and director on this Sam Raimi-esque story about Faustian deals and family curses. Previously, Tjahjanto contributed to the recent anthology movies, V/H/S 2 and ABC’s of Death. With May the Devil Take You, Tjahjanto […]

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The Hills Run Red: Sleazy Hillbilly Horror Redux

At the end of the 2000’s, the ‘torture porn’ sub-genre was almost out of steam. Paranormal Activity had supplanted the Saw franchise as the new ‘king of the Halloween’ movie season. After a handful of high-profile box office failures (e.g., Captivity, I Know Know Who Killed Me), the writing was on the wall. Dark Castle […]

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Overlord: Inglorious Basterds Meets Zombies

Cloverfield fans had their fingers crossed when Bad Robot Productions released the first trailer for Overlord. Unfortunately, Overlord is definitely not connected to the Cloverfield universe. Perhaps even worse, The Cloverfield Paradox is stil a thing. Regardless of its lack of connectivity, Overlord promises wall-to-wall zombie goodness. Though it didn’t connect with audiences in its opening box office weekend, critics […]

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Death House: Ambitious But Flawed Horror Homage

Death House has been one of the more talked about indie horror movies in recent memory. This is no small part due to the sheer number of horror alumni in the cast. Fans have described Death House as ‘The Expendables’ of horror movies. It’s a virtual ‘who’s who’ of horror wrapped up in vintage 80’s […]

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Midnighters: Noir Thriller That Offers Hitchcockian Twists

Midnighters, the Hitchcockian noir film distributed by IFC Midnight, is finally available on Netflix. Written and directed by the Ramsay brothers, Midnighters is a small indie movie that has slowly built solid word of mouth among critics. Its story of a troubled married couple and a dead body promises some simple Hitchcockian suspense for film fans. […]

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14 Cameras: Not One Will Show You a Good Movie

The movie, 14 Cameras, is a sequel to a movie called … wait for it, 13 Cameras. To date, I haven’t had the pleasure of watching 13 Cameras. But if it’s remotely similar in quality to the sequel, I’m pretty confident I didn’t miss much. What we have with 14 Cameras is another variant of […]

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Monster Party: Blood, Guts, and Class Consciousness

Writer and director Chris von Hoffmann’s previous movie was the hit-or-miss exploitation flick, Drifter. Genre fans who appreciate spirited mayhem may want to check it out on Netflix. On Friday November 2, von Hoffman released his follow-up effort, Monster Party, on several VOD-streaming platforms. No, it’s not the older Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party with Boris […]

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