Fright Night: You’re Still So Cool, Brewster

Vampires were all the rage in the 1980’s. The Lost Boys, Near Dark, Once Bitten, The Hunger, Lifeforce, Vamp, Vampire’s Kiss. Like the zombie takeover of popular culture in the last 10 to 15 years, the neon decade was saturated with bloodsuckers. Nestled somewhere between The Lost Boys and the more obscure Near Dark, Tom […]

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Straw Dogs: You Can’t Teach a Remake New Tricks

Amidst the wave of remakes in the 2000’s, Hollywood occasionally ventured outside horror. Spike Lee re-visited controversial Korean revenge-thriller Old Boy in 2013. And Martin Scorsese himself re-worked Hong Kong pot-boiler Infernal Affairs into his 2006 crime thriller, The Departed. Yet one of the more ambitious remakes in recent memory was Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. […]

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Carrie: De Palma’s Original Adaptation Still Prom Queen

Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, also has the distinction of being the first cinematic adaptation of his work. In a decade defined by increasingly transgressive and, often, prestigious horror releases, Carrie stood out as one of the best. Critics loved it and audiences flocked to theaters to see it. Following its release, Carrie even garnered […]

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I Spit On Your Grave: A Remake No One Wanted

If there was a movie begging for a remake … I Spit On Your Grave was not that movie. Most film pundits consider director Meir Zarchi’s 1978 ‘rape-revenge’ film to be among the most controversial movies made. Following its release, critics trashed it while some countries outright banned it. In the 1980’s, for instance, England […]

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Beware of The Blob: Sixty Years Later

Audiences love a good creature feature. Whether it’s just regular sharks, aliens, or over-sized insects, we can’t get enough of big monsters destroying famous landmarks. Sixty years ago, teens crowded drive-in theaters to see one of Hollywood’s best creature-features – The Blob. It’s the perfect midnight movie and a testament to a way of film-making […]

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When A Stranger Calls: Remake a Prank Call of a Horror Movie

Babysitting is probably one of toughest gigs in the horror genre. Halloween, The House of the Devil, The Amityville Horror, Better Watch Out – babysitters have it tough in horror movies. Mixing the ‘babysitter-in-peril’ narrative with the ‘killer is in the house’ trope, When a Stranger Calls was a minor 1970’s box office success. Critics […]

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The Haunting Remake: CGI Ghosts Can’t Conjure Up Scares

The ‘haunted house‘ is a staple of the horror genre. Vast hallways. Cobwebs. Creepy paintings. Eccentric caretakers. A bloody history of tragedy. These familiar tropes have coalesced into some eerily fantastic horror movies from The Innocents to The Amityville Horror to Poltergeist. Undoubtedly, one of the best haunted house movies is Robert Wise’s The Haunting. […]

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Train: Sort of Remake Not Worth The Ticket to Ride

Technically, Millennium Film’s 2008 Train isn’t a remake of Jamie Lee Curtis slasher, Terror Train. That was the original idea. Apparently, writer and director Gideon Raff took the concept in a new direction. This is probably a nice way of saying that the producers took note of the box office receipts for ‘torture porn’ horror. […]

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The Omen Remake: Devil of an Opportunity Wasted

During the remake-crazy 2000’s, Hollywood largely focused on 80’s slasher movie titles. Occasionally, studios have opted to re-imagine classic horror movies – a Dawn of the Dead or Suspiria. Another case in point was Warner Bros attempt to resurrect The Omen franchise. There was no Gregory Peck this time around, but The Omen remake had […]

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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. What followed was a legendary career for the horror icon. Its story of a brilliant wax sculptor, driven mad by betrayal and disfigurement, […]

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