April Fool’s: When Pranks Go Wrong in Horror Movies

Happy April Fool’s Day! Currently, most people are probably not craving any April Fool’s pranks. To date, the entire 2020 year has been kind of one big, cruel joke. Besides, every horror fan knows that practical jokes never work out. After all, it was a practical joke that gave Jason Voorhees his iconic goalie mask. […]

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Viral Horror: 10 ‘Infection’ Horror Movies

Currently, we’re living in scary and unprecedented times. As countries across the globe lockdown and we increasingly practice social distancing, our health care professionals are heroes on the front-lines of a war to curb COVID-19. Meanwhile, many of us are either working from home or looking for ways to pass the time. Inevitably, horror fans […]

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Women of Horror: Twelve Horror Movies Directed By Women

On International Women’s Day, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the contributions made by women to the horror genre. Like other movie genres, women have had far fewer opportunities to bring their visions to the screen. Yet some of the more creative and risky horror entries in recent years have come from very […]

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Universal Monsters: Five Legacy-Defining Movies

Universal Studios and the Universal monsters of the 1930’s and 1940’s are the template for our Halloween. Mad scientists and hunchback assistants. Angry villagers with pitchforks and torches. Shuffling monsters with electrodes their neck. Full moons and werewolves. Aristocratic vampire in capes. During their nearly two decade reign over horror, Universal created much of the […]

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Leave Those Kids Alone: The ‘Social Outcast’ and the Bully Revenge Film

Today, in Canada, it’s Pink Shirt Day. For those unfamiliar with the concept, it’s an event designed to promote anti-bullying in our schools. At some point in most of our lives, we’ve probably all had run-in’s with the schoolyard bully. Not surprisingly then, a sizeable number of horror movies have revolved around a picked-upon loner […]

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Blood & Brawn: When 80’s Action Heroes Go Horror

Ah, the 1980’s was a simpler time. You could watch episodes of your favourite television show in any order. Continuity wasn’t an issue. And our action heroes weren’t bogged down with angst And introspection. Less cerebral, more brawn, it was shoot first, then shoot again. It was the era of the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s and Sylvester […]

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Doll Parts: The Best Killer Doll Horror Movies

What scares you? The best horror movies exploit our most basic fears. Home invasion movies, for example, undermine our sense of security in the place we should feel the safest. Killer bug movies understand that most people hate ‘creepy crawlies’. And sharks – they’re basically freight trains with teeth. But some people have strange fears. […]

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Horror Relationship Goals: Iconic Couples of Horror

It’s that time of year. Stuck in the desolation that falls between Christmas and Easter, Valentine’s Day is back. But fear not. Love isn’t just for Hallmark Channel subscribers. Yes, people find love even in horror movies. Of course, it’s usually tragic, cursed, or undead. Nevertheless, horror fans have plenty of options for curling up […]

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Do You Want to Play A Game? Ranking The Saw Franchise

Somewhere in between ‘masked slashers’ and ‘insidious conjurings’, torture porn briefly reigned in horror. From Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects to Eli Roth’s Hostel and the ‘New French Extremity‘ movement, horror fans flocked to movies characterized by extreme graphic violence. However, it all started with James Wan’s Saw in 2004. The low-budget movie kickstarted a […]

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Double, Double Toil and Trouble: The Witch in Horror Movies

Last week, Orion Pictures released their adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel – Gretel & Hansel. The latest directorial feature from Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) re-visits a classic horror narrative – the evil witch in the woods. Though vampires, werewolves, and zombie have all enjoyed cycles of mainstream popularity, witches […]

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