House of the Devil: Ti West and the Rise of ‘Mumblegore’

Trends come and go in horror, as with other film genres. Slashers dominated the 1980’s, while ‘Torture Porn’ and found-footage took turns in the 2000’s. Over the last few years, critics have coined the term ‘elevated horror’ for movies like Midsommar and The Witch. And since the early 2000’s, genre enthusiasts have found their ’horror-fied’ […]

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Misery: Stephen King’s Warning of Toxic Fandom

To date, Misery remains one of Stephen King’s best works. Undoubtedly, the book’s success owes in part to its memorable villain, Annie Wilkes. But Misery’s status also stems from its relevancy. Like the best fictional works, King’s story of an obsessed fan eerily forecasted the current state of toxic fan culture. Similarly, Rob Reiner’s 1990 […]

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Alice Sweet Alice: A Hidden Gem of 70’s Horror

Several horror movies are generally regarded as kickstarting the 1980’s slasher movie boom. Critics and fans alike hail John Carpenter’s Halloween as the subgenre’s official starting point. But it was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that shifted horror’s focus from aliens, Gothic monsters, and atomic beasts to the psycho-sexual killer. Somewhere in between these movies, The Texas […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Ho Ho … Hold the Controversy

Silent Night, Deadly Night boasts a history shared by few ’80’s horror films. Arguably its infamy far outreaches its quality. At its best, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a sleazy B-movie that hits the ‘so bad, it’s good’ switch. Many horror fans may just consider it plain bad. But when this Christmas chiller was released […]

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Trick r’ Treat: Horror Anthology a Halloween Tradition

Horror anthology movie, Trick r’ Treat has an interesting history. Today, horror fans regard it as a ‘must-see’ classic. In line with this view, Shout! Factory put out a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray last year. And the movie’s writer and director, Michael Dougherty impressed enough to land Godzilla King of the Monsters earlier this year. But […]

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Se7en: A Sin On Every Street Corner

Fresh off the notoriously frustrating Hollywood movie-making experience that was Alien 3, David Fincher bounced back with one the best thrillers of the 1990’s. New Line Cinema released Fincher’s Se7en in the fall of 2005, giving the acclaimed director his first major theatrical success. In spite of its grim subject matter, Se7en scored big at […]

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The Faculty: A 90’s Honor Roll Horror Movie

In 1998, horror was back in a big way. Wes Craven’s Scream kicked off a slasher-lite revival. I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know, Disturbing Behavior, and Urban Legend followed quickly, targeting teen audiences. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson also played a significant role in the 90’s horror revival. The Dawson’s Creek creator penned […]

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween: A Flawed But Disturbing Remake

After last year’s successful Halloween sequel, it’s almost hard to believe that just over ten years ago the franchise was getting rebooted. Following the dismal Halloween: Resurrection, a remake helmed by Rob Zombie promised a lot of upside for fans of the franchise. Few filmmakers could boast such a reverence for the source material and […]

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The Exorcist III: A Worthy Follow-Up To a Horror Classic

Nearly 50 years after its release, The Exorcist remains a classic horror movie. None of its ability to shock has faded. Four years later, Hollywood followed up with Exorcist II: The Heretic. Lightning didn’t strike twice. Director John Boorman took the sequel in a very different direction with disastrous results. Today, critics and fans alike […]

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The Blair Witch Project: Still Scaring Campers 20 Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost 20 years since The Blair Witch Project haunted movie theatres. Written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, The Blair Witch Project is a landmark film. Critics loved it; audiences drove up big box office receipt. To date, it remains one of the most successful […]

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