Q the Winged Serpent an Early 80s Monster Movie That May Defy Expectations

Following the box office success of Conan the Barbarian, the early 80s saw a slew of low-budget action movies that mixed ‘sword-and-sandal’ epic with weird science fiction vibes. If you grew up in the 80s, you probably remember cult movies like Krull, The Sword and the Sorcerer, or The Ice Pirates. If you look at […]

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On The Fifth Day – To All A Good Night Can’t Find the Christmas Spirit In Its Killer Santa Premise

Horror fans know Silent Night, Deadly Night. And even non-horror fans would recognize its laughably bad sequel courtesy of the ‘Garbage Day‘ meme. Then there’s older diehard horror fans who may recognize the early pseudo-slasher, Christmas Evil. But even hardcore horror fans may not be familiar with To All A Good Night. This Killer Santa […]

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American Gothic a Late 80s Slasher Best Left Forgotten in the Past

As the slasher – and horror by default – slowly lost steam by the latter half of the 1980s, plenty of horror titles saw either limited theatrical releases or went straight to video. One of those movies, American Gothic, had the kind of VHS cover art that should have embedded itself on horror fans’ brains. […]

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The Mutilator Carves Out a Bit of Cult Status From Its B-Movie Kills

Even if it was the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher, not every slasher title released in the 1980s found an audience. Before the slasher franchise cycles kicked into effect and a Friday the 13th or Elm Street sequel released every year, micro-budgeted slashers still snuck into theaters. By the late 80s, the direct-to-video market offered […]

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Slaughterhouse Rock An Obscure 80s Horror Movie Suffering From An Allergy to Logic

As slashers declined in popularity by the late 1980s, horror went into something of a temporary recession. The decline coincided with a growth in the VHS market. As a result, many horror movies saw brief or no theatrical runs and instead went straight to videostore shelves. Plenty of obscure horror movies languished in Blockbuster in […]

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Killer Party Invites 80s Horror Fans to an Obscure Canadian Slasher

In the 1980s, Canada exported a few standout slasher movies that achieved some cult status and notoriety. Both Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine are considered B-movie slasher gems. Next in line were decent efforts like Curtains and Happy Birthday to Me. And Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2 straddles the fence between obscure title […]

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Nomads an 80s Supernatural Thriller That Wanders Into Incoherence

Before John McTiernan made two of the best action movies of all time (Die Hard, Predator), he took on a small horror novel for his first feature length movie. Starring a pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan and New Wave rocker Adam Ant, Nomads did actually enjoy a theatrical release. No, it didn’t make much money. And […]

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Splinter a Criminally Underseen Horror Movie Worth Re-Visiting

Before the zombie craze was fully under way, indie horror movie Splinter was enjoying a bit of critical buzz. It only saw a limited theatrical run in 2008, but still earned a Best Horror Movie nomination at the Saturn Awards. Since its release, however, Splinter has unfairly faded into obscurity. In addition to some good […]

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