Cat’s Eye a Harmlessly Hokey Anthology for 80s Horror Fans

By the mid-1980s, Hollywood studios were scrambling through Stephen King’s work to find the next big adaptation. When Cat’s Eye was released in 1985, eight movies based on King’s work had already made their way to the big screen. Even Children of the Corn – a pretty short story in King’s Night Shift collection – […]

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Ghost Story an Early 80s Supernatural Horror Lost in the Slasher Era

Peter Straub is a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author. The Talisman – co-authored with Stephen King – is a classic. And Black House was another excellent collaboration between the two authors. To date, however, Straub’s work has rarely made it to the big screen. In fact, Hollywood has only adapted one Straub novel into a […]

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Spookies: Rare 80s Horror Re-Defines The Meaning of ‘So Bad, It’s Good’

Do you like bad movies? Like really bad movies? Horror has plenty of them for the true aficionados of bad cinema. There’s the more obvious casual fan candidates – Nic Cage’s Wicker Man remake, Snakes on a Plane, and Deep Blue Sea. And then there’s the ones familiar to horror fans like Basket Case, Silent […]

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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker: Little Seen 80s Oedipal Exploitation Thriller

As 1970s’ exploitation and splatter horror gave way to the slasher era of the 1980s, horror movies occasionally straddled styles. The result was some tonally oddball movie like Nightmare Beach, Pieces, Humanoids from the Deep, Sleepaway Camp, and Madman. While these movies had recognizable slasher DNA, their atmosphere and aesthetics felt like spiritual descendants of […]

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Humongous: Canadian VHS Slasher Will Grow On You

If you’re old enough, Canadian slasher movie Humongous might look familiar. Even if you never saw the movie, you probably caught the VHS cover along the top shelf in the horror section. Yet even at the height of the slasher movie cycle, Humongous didn’t make much of an impression. Its director, Paul Lynch, fared much […]

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June 9: Scratch This Found Footage Horror From Your Calendar

Sometimes movies fall under the radar. Maybe the release is delayed or a similar major studio release overshadows it. Regardless some movies never reach their audience. Hence, we’re introducing a new column here at The Abominable Dr Welsh – The Obscuratorium – to shine a light on titles that escaped us. At the height of […]

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May: Make Friends With This Cult Classic

Writer and director Lucky McKee’s 2002 debut movie, May, is the definition of a cult classic. It’s a strange, sad psychological horror movie that follows no rules of any subgenre in which it may fit. Part social outcast story, part slasher, part character study – and yet none of these things. At the time of […]

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Shock Waves: Dive Into The Deep End of 1970’s Horror

The 1970’s was a landmark decade for the horror genre. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist showed that horror could be taken seriously. Just a few years later, Steven Spielberg filled theater seats over the summer months with Jaws. It was the decade that saw Halloween, Phantasm, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, and Alien released. Ken Wiederhorn’s […]

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