The Hitcher Reminds You To Never Pick Up Strangers

At first glance, The Hitcher looks exactly like the kind of movie that Cannon Films would have released in the 1980’s. On one hand, The Hitcher seems to take some cues from Steven Spielberg’s early ‘road trip’ thriller, Duel. Screenwriter Eric Red (Bad Moon) was apparently influenced by The Doors’ song, Riders on the Storm. […]

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My Bloody Valentine: Make A Double-Date With The Original and Remake

Valentine’s Day is under a week away! Maybe you hate Valentine’s Day on principal. Perhaps you’re single. Maybe you don’t want to be dragged out for an expensive dinner just weeks after Christmas. Or maybe you’re just a rabid horror fan looking for an ‘alternative’ movie to curl up with on the couch. Fortunately, the […]

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Suspiria Remake Casts Its Own Dark Spell

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a horror masterpiece. Critics and fans alike hold it as a classic of the genre. To date, Bravo still lists Suspiria as one of the 100 scariest movies ever made. Certainly, Argento’s tale of a dance school concealing a coven of witches wasn’t begging for a remake. Regardless of the necessity, […]

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Maniac: From Grindhouse to Art-House Horror

William Lustig’s splatter exploitation film, Maniac, remains one of the more controversial horror movies from the 1980’s. It never quite reached the levels of infamy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Nevertheless, Maniac found its way onto the United Kingdom’s Video Nasties List. Critics have alternately accused the movie as tasteless, misogynistic, or both. Among the […]

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The Wolf Man: Hair of the Dog That Bit You

By the early 1940’s, the Universal Monsters and their respective franchises were losing steam. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisble Man were all into multiple sequel territory. Thus, in December 1941, Universal Studios opted to step outside classic literature, delivering a new monster movie classic – The Wolf Man. The move proved to be a success, extending […]

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Black Christmas: A Remake That Drops a Lump of Coal in Your Stocking

The American Thanksgiving long weekend is over. As of today, we’re just a month away from Christmas. For horror fans, this could mean only one thing – Christmas-themed horror movies. And what better place to start than re-visiting one of the best Christmas horror movies, Black Christmas. Not surprisingly, like just about every horror movie, […]

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Silent Night: Re-Gifting an ‘80’s Cult Classic

To this day, Silent Night, Deadly Night remains one of the most controversial horror films produced. Of course, the controversy that swirled around the 1984 exploitation slasher was misguided at best. Nonetheless, the ‘Santa Claus Killer’ movie reached a similar level of infamy as the ‘Video Nasty List’ in the United Kingdom. And like many […]

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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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Flatliners: A Good Day to Die …Then and Now

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

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