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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The Amityville Horror: Still A Definitive Haunted House Film

It is one of the most famous haunted houses in the world. Amityville, Long Island, where Ronald DeFeo murdered six members of his family in 1974. One year later the Lutz family movie into the same home. Shortly thereafter, they claimed that they had experienced the paranormal. The same house was the subject of an […]

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Prom Night: Make a Date With The Original, Ghost the Remake

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. Unfortunately, studio executives forgot about the ‘slashing’ part in their zeal to corner the youth market. This was exactly […]

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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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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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