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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Saw: The Horror Movie That Kick-started a Uniquely 2000’s Horror Subgenre

Fourteen years ago, Lionsgate Films released a small independent horror film by two unknown filmmakers. The filmmakers were James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Yes, the same James Wan responsible for The Conjuring and Insidious franchises. He’s also directing a little movie called Aquaman. And Leigh Whannell just directed one of 2018’s better genre films, Upgrade. […]

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Night of the Living Dead: Romero’s Masterpiece Celebrates 50 Years

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.” And with that line of dialogue, Night of the Living Dead  entered popular cultural lexicon. To date, Romero’s zombie masterpiece has produced five sequels and its own thriving horror subgenre. Earlier in 2018, horror collectors rejoiced with the Criterion Collection release of Night of the Living Dead on Blu-Ray. Even […]

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Shocking Audiences After Five Decades

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premiered 44 years ago on October 1st, 1974. With the sequels and remakes, it’s hard to believe that Tobe Hooper’s original movie was banned in several countries. I grew up in the videostore era of the 1980’s, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was not a video cassette cover I readily recall. […]

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Hellraiser and Horror: Pinhead Still Tears Your Soul Apart

In his original review, Roger Ebert referred to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as a ‘bankruptcy of imagination’. Despite Ebert’s role in elevating the art of film criticism, he most certainly got it wrong with Hellraiser. There may be many things wrong with the movie, but a lack of creativity is not one of them. Hellraiser premiered in […]

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007): A Flawed But Disturbing Remake

With a new Halloween movie (and direct sequel) less than 50 days away, 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 […]

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An American Werewolf in London: Book a Reservation for The Slaughtered Lamb

Werewolves are a staple of the horror genre. Yet unlike other horror monsters, lycanthropes haven’t enjoyed the same resurgence in popularity. In fact, it’s difficult picking out more than a small handful of decent werewolf flicks released in the last 20 years. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of classic literary roots. Or maybe it’s […]

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The Lost Boys: Sleep All Day, Party All Night

The Lost Boys was the first real horror film I saw in a movie theater. I was 13-years-old when it came out and I can still remember clipping the newspaper review from my local paper. In many ways, The Lost Boys was the perfect introduction to horror for a kid. Released on July 31st, 1987, The Lost […]

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If You Go In The Woods Today: The Blair Witch Project Still Haunts

It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost 20 years since The Blair Witch Project haunted movie theatres. I was a graduate student doing a practicum in Ottawa when the first commercials starting airing on television. It’s one of the few films where I can still vividly recall seeing it for the first time. […]

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Cherry Falls: Subverting the Slasher Narrative

By the year 2000, the slasher-lite revolution ironically kickstarted by Scream was already running out of gas. Knock-off films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend had already produced inferior sequels. A new cycle of horror, ‘Torture Porn’, was also just around the corner. There were undoubtedly a lot of mediocre […]

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