Burning Bright: The ‘Tiger King’ of Horror

‘Killer animals’ are a staple of horror. By the end of the 1940’s, the Universal Monsters’ grip on horror had loosened. Gothic monsters gave way to atomic monstrosities in the 1950’s. A giant spider in Tarantula, oversized ants in Them, a prehistoric preying mantis in The Deadly Mantis – post-WWII horror and science fiction played […]

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Laid to Rest: Low-Budget Slasher Carves Out Brutal Niche

Following the slasher ‘Golden Age’ of the 1980’s, Wes Craven’s Scream re-ignited a brief a slasher-lite renaissance. However, this brief resurgence produced a handful of polished, teen-friendly PG-13 horror that lacked Craven’s insight. Several years later, slasher movies returned, taking one of two approaches. In some cases, movies like Final Girls, Cabin in the Woods, […]

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Serial Killer ‘Snuff” Found-Footage Disturbs

Thought The Hunt had a hard time getting to theatres? Over a decade earlier, the found-footage serial killer movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. But distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) suddenly got cold feet. Given its disturbing content, MGM pulled it from the release schedule. Several years later, The Poughkeepsie Tapes saw a […]

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The Driller Killer: Abel Ferrara’s 70’s Punk Rock Psycho-Drama

Over the course of his career, director Abel Ferrara amassed some impressive Grindhouse credentials. His wide-spanning filmography includes an early pornographic movie, the cult rape-revenge Ms 45, and neo-noir crime thrillers King of New York and Dangerous Game. Ferrara made the gonzo 1992 thriller, Bad Lieutenant, and the critically acclaimed The Funeral. Few filmmakers have […]

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The Unborn: Jumby Wants a Better Movie

Amidst the tide of remakes, ‘Torture Porn’, and found-footage horror in the 2000’s, demonic possession movies made a quiet comeback. Yes, there was the surprisingly successful The Exorcism of Emily Rose. And then Hollywood took a couple stabs at resurrecting The Exorcist franchise. Somewhere in between we got some generic efforts like Lost Souls, The […]

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