The House on Haunted Hill: Dare To Spend An Evening With This Remake?

Legendary director and producer William Castle was the master of gimmicks. Most of his work was cheesy, low budget B-films. But Castle filmed and marketed his productions with a childlike enthusiasm. As a result, Castle’s movies have retained much of their charms in spite of the passing years. One of Castle’s best movies was The […]

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House on Sorority Row: Pledge the Original, Not the Remake

We are now a couple of weeks into a new school year. In Canada, students have finished their frosh week fun and are likely (or should be) getting into their coursework. Fraternities and sororities at U.S. colleges may still be ‘rushing’ potential pledges. In this edition of Re-Animated, in honour of college life, I’ll be dusting […]

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A Good Day to Die: Flatliners Then and Now

Human beings have an innate fascination with death. Sigmund Freud once argued that we are born with a death drive, or what he coined thanatos, that was characterized by a reckless pursuit of self-destruction. While horror films often quite obviously revolve around death, another common theme is humanity’s interference with nature. From Frankenstein to Re-Animator, the […]

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The Amityville Horror: Still A Definitive Haunted House Film

It is arguably one of the most famous haunted houses in the world. It’s the Long Island house in Amityville where Ronald DeFeo murdered six members of his family in 1974. One year later the Lutz family movie into the same home where they claimed that they had experienced recurrent paranormal phenomenon. The same house […]

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Make a Date With The Original Prom Night

Following the slasher-lite renaissance that capitalized on the success of Wes Craven’s Scream, major studios soon opted to re-visit the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher. The 2000’s witnessed major and minor titles alike get the remake treatment. It was quite a sight to see some films that once provoked enough public outrage to warrant a […]

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The Thing: Thawing Critical Reception After Over 30 Years

In 1982, upon its initial release on June 25, John Carpenter’s The Thing underwhelmed at the box office. It was met with with either indifference or derision from film critics. Today, The Thing is considered a classic in the horror genre and among the best works of Carpenter. What a difference a few decades make. With the […]

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Don’t Forget about Stepdads: The Stepfather

This June weekend brings us the opportunity to celebrate all the wonderful fathers who do so much for us. But let’s not forget that stepfathers are ‘dad’s’, too. For this edition of Re-Animated, I give a shout out to all the stepdads out there by taking a look at 1980’s cult classic, The Stepfather, and the […]

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The Hills Have Eyes Invites You to the Summer’s First Long Weekend

For Canadians it’s officially the first long weekend of the summer. Hundreds of parents will be herding their kids into cars to brave traffic and black flies for a relaxing cottage weekend. At some point, a father will threaten to turn the car around. And 30 minutes into the trip someone will announce that they […]

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Buy a Ticket for Admission to the … House of Wax

On April 25 1953, Warner Bros Studios released House of Wax. It was the first Hollywood color film to use 3-D technology. Additionally, it marked Vincent Price’s first foray into the horror genre, paving the way for what would become a legendary career. Its story of a brilliant wax sculptor, driven mad by betrayal and disfigurement, […]

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Beware of The Blob: Sixty Years Later

Earlier this year, The Rock battled giant, mutated animals in Rampage. John Boyega suited up to fight giant kaiju in Pacific Rim a month earlier. Audiences love a good creature feature. Whether it’s just regular sharks, aliens, or over-sized insects, film-goers can’t get enough of big monsters tearing our cities apart. Sixty years ago, teens crowded drive-in theaters […]

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