I Know What You Did Last Summer: That Other 90s Teen Slasher That Isn’t Scream

Most of us probably still remember those scholastic book orders from elementary school. If you were a budding horror fan in the 1970s and 1980s, the closest you could get to Stephen King was Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Goosebumps novels wouldn’t hit bookshelves until the 1990s. And Duncan’s teen suspense […]

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Resurrection: The 90s Serial Killer Movie That’s Totally Not ‘Se7en’

After Silence of the Lambs took the Oscars and box office by storm, serial killers were all the rage. Copycat, Body Parts, Jennifer 8, Ghost in the Machine – without exception none of these movies approached Hannibal Lecter. By the late 1990s, the serial killer moral panic had largely faded. But that didn’t stop filmmakers […]

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The Puppet Masters: A Sci-Fi Thriller As Wooden As Its Alien Hosts

At face value, The Puppet Masters had a lot going for it. For starters, its source material was a well-regarded, influential novel. Donald Sutherland headlining your movie is never a bad thing. And its premise, while familiar, touched on themes that translate across time. Too bad none of these made The Puppet Masters a better […]

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The First Power: You Can’t Keep a Good Serial Killer Down

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A serial killer believed to be dead, resurrected from the grave, continues his bloody spree? Wes Craven did it in Shocker. Lance Henriksen hunted a serial killer’s spirit in The Horror Show. Body Parts, Trick or Treat, Fallen – they’re all variations on the same premise. At […]

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The Relic: Forgettable Night at the Museum

Everyone loves a good B-monster movie. Back when the drive-in ruled summers, monster movie fans enjoyed Them, The Tingler, and The Fly. During the 1980s, monster movie re-surfaced as nostalgia for the 50’s was at a high. From Night of the Creeps to The Stuff and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, filmmakers crafted loving homages […]

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Dr Giggles: Is There a Script Doctor In The House?

Aside from a handful of exceptions, the period between the slasher’s ‘Golden Era’ and Wes Craven’s Scream was a downturn for horror. For every Jacob’s Ladder there was a Brainscan or Man’s Best Friend. And it was in this horror ‘dead zone’ that Universal Pictures released horror-comedy, Dr Giggles. Nearly thirty years later it’s hard […]

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Village Of The Damned: Beware Half-baked Remakes

After over forty years of filmmaking, John Carpenter stands amongst the masters of the genre. From the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, Carpenter’s output includes Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, They Live, and In the Mouth of Madness. Few horror directors can boast that kind of résumé. But even the best can have […]

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Warlock: Only the Most Ardent 90s Horror Fans Will Fall Under Its Spell

As the 1980s gave way to the early 90s, horror was waning amongst audiences. The golden age of the slasher had come and gone. By 1991, audiences were more interested in stylish psychological thrillers in the vein of Sleeping with the Enemy or Cape Fear. And it was this cinematic atmosphere that welcomed Steve Miner’s […]

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