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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Martyrs Remake Sacrifices The Original’s Power for Watered-Down Version

The ‘New French Extremity” movement of the 2000s produced some of the most controversial and transgressive horror films this century. Not surprisingly then, North American filmmakers who ran out of 1980s slasher films to remake have begun looting these French horror treasures. One of the first Extremity films to get the remake treatment was Martyrs, […]

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Don’t Go in the Water: Piranha

It’s still officially the first week of spring so for this entry of our Re-Animated section we’ll continue with our trip through the EcoHorror subgenre. When Steven Spielberg introduced the world to Jaws he inadvertently spawned a series of rip-offs inspired by his “nature goes wild” theme. From a giant octopus in Tentacles to a […]

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Day of the Dead: Bloodline Should Have Stayed Dead

Two months into 2018 and we’re getting our second remake of a classic horror film. First, we got the insipid re-telling of French horror film Inside. Now Lionsgate Films has released another remake of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead. Romero’s original ‘Dead’ trilogy has proven to be a treasure chest for studios looking to […]

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My Bloody Valentine: A Perfect Double-Date Night of Original and Remake

Happy Valentine’s Day! Maybe you hate Valentine’s Day on principle. Perhaps you’re single or maybe you don’t want to be dragged out for an expensive dinner and an evening wasted on Fifty Shades Freed. Or maybe you’re just a rapid horror film fan looking for an ‘alternative’ film to curl up with on the couch […]

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Cabin Fever: The Remake You Didn’t Know Existed

While scrolling through Netflix recently for a late-night horror fix I discovered the Cabin Fever (2016) remake. It’s a film that flew completely under my radar. Rather than watching the remake first I decided to pull out my copy of the original Cabin Fever. It’s been sixteen years since Eli Roth emerged on the horror scene. His […]

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Inside Remake Misses the Point of New French Extremity

Two trends characterized horrors films in the 2000s: (1) the cycle of Hollywood remakes of 1980s slasher films and (2) the emergence of the “torture porn” subgenre. Numerous horror scholars have examined the “torture porn” cycle of horror as part of a larger societal response to 9/11 and emergent debates around torture and interrogation (Wetmore, […]

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