Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Less Gothic Horror, More Shakespeare in the Park

Following Francis Ford Coppola’s successful updating of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it’s not surprising that Hollywood would go back to the same grave … or well. After all, this was the same decade that gave us two volcano movies and two killer asteroid movies. And so Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was pegged for a glossy, big budget […]

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Body Snatchers: They Get You When You Sleep

When Jack Finney published his 1955 novel, The Body Snatchers, it touched a nerve. At the height of the McCarthy-era Communist witch-hunt, Finney’s story of emotionless aliens posing as family, friends, and neighbours was a powerful political allegory. Since its publication The Body Snatchers has inspired several film adaptations. Most critics consider Don Siegel’s 1956 […]

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Lord of Illusions: Clive Barker’s Underrated Supernatural Noir

Though Stephen King is still the ‘Master of Horror’, Clive Barker is an undeniably unique voice in the literary genre. And as a filmmaker, Barker’s directorial efforts are marked improvements over King’s one-shot directing gig, Maximum Overdrive. Behind the camera, Barker directed both Hellraiser and Nightbreed, both uniquely classic additions to horror. After Nightbreed failed […]

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Wishmaster: Does This Mid-90s B-Horror Movie Belong on your Wishlist?

In a decade best known for Scream and the brief slasher-lite renaissance along with the Silence of the Lambs-inspired serial killer thrillers, you’d be forgiven for not remembering Wishmaster. Like its evil genie, The Djinn, Wishmaster has languished in a prison of obscurity. Believe it or not, Wes Craven himself produced this forgotten 90’s horror […]

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I Know What You Did Last Summer: Scholastic Book Club Slasher Movie Recommendation

Wes Craven’s Scream led to an unexpected slasher revival … with a twist. First, these late 90s and early aught’s slashers lacked the explicit gore of their ‘Golden Era’ predecessors. And, by and large, they also lacked the self-aware humour of Scream. Oddly enough, it was Kevin Williamson himself who penned the first of the […]

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Demon Knight: Ancient Keys, Demons, and Billy Zane

Few things scream the 1990’s as much as HBO’s anthology series, Tales from the Crypt. Based on William Gaines’ 1950s shock pulp E.C. Comics, Tales from the Crypt ran for several seasons. With the John Kassir-voiced Cryptkeeper bookending episodes, the series mixed dark humour with campy kitsch. As the show developed a following among horror […]

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Idle Hands: Devilishly Fun Stoner Horror Comedy

For 90s horror fans, it doesn’t get much more nineties than 1999 horror-comedy, Idle Hands. From its soundtrack to its young, up-and-coming cast, this story of a boy and his possessed hand is like a fun cinematic time capsule. Too bad audiences and critics didn’t think much of it when it was first released. Despite […]

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Stir of Echoes: Kevin Bacon “Sees Dead People”

Across the board, the year 1999 was a great one for movies. Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Magnolia, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Matrix – all movies that still hold up today. And for horror fans, The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project – both genre classics – hit […]

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Mimic: del Toro’s Overlooked 90’s Monster Movie

Today, Guillermo del Toro is a celebrated, Oscar-winning director. His filmography includes Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water, as well as Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, and Crimson Peak. A visually-creative filmmaker, del Toro has elevated the ‘monster movie’ to an art form. But del Toro’s first English-feature, Mimic, didn’t fare quite […]

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Bad Moon: A 90’s Horror Movie with Just Enough Bite

In the early 1980’s, the werewolf enjoyed a brief renaissance in horror. While zombies and vampires have enjoyed renewed peaks of popularity in the 2000’s, the lycanthrope hasn’t fared as well. Outside of some well made indie efforts, big screen werewolf adaptations, including Wes Craven’s Cursed and The Wolf Man remake, flopped. Back in 1995, […]

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