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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The Devil’s Rejects: Even Hell Wouldn’t Have Them

Metal maestro Rob Zombie has a somewhat checkered history as a horror filmmaker. Critics complained that House of 1000 Corpses was too derivative. His Halloween remake was half of a good movie and the sequel’s ugliness overpowered some of its more interesting ideas. But The Devil’s Rejects marked the first time that Zombie flirted with critical acceptance. […]

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The Fly (1958): A Classic That Deserves To Be Passed On

Universal Studios and their Gothic supernatural monsters dominated the horror genre for two decades. Following World War II and the dawn of the atomic age, horror films looked to the skies or science for frights. Science fiction and horror formed a mutually beneficial relationship across drive-in theatres in North America during the 1950’s. One of […]

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Halloween Resurrection: The Sequel That Did the Opposite of Its Title

Later this October, the Halloween franchise will be returning after laying dormant for over nine years. One of the ‘Big Three’ of slasher film franchises, along with Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Halloween movies have a much more convoluted timeline than their counterparts. Rob Zombie attempted a reboot of the […]

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The Omen: The Devil is in the Details

The 1970’s was a golden age for horror films in general. It was a decade that saw the release of several classics of the genre including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, and Halloween. It was also a good decade for the Devil himself. Following the success of Rosemary’s Baby and the Manson family […]

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High Tension Puts the ‘Extreme’ in ‘New French Extremity’

Coinciding with the American ‘Torture Porn‘ movement in the early to mid-2000’s, the ‘New French Extremity’ subgenre, a term coined by scholar Alexandra West, re-acquainted horror fans with levels of gore and violence missing from theater screens since the early 1980’s. The New French Extremism was an eclectic collection of disparate films that were part […]

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water: Jaws 2 Turns 40

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was more than just a box office sensation – it was a cultural phenomenon. Along with Star Wars, Jaws changed how movies were made, released, and watched by audiences. And just like Psycho turned people off of their showers, Jaws scared a generation away from the ocean. There was no reason to […]

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Haven’t Seen Predator?: You’re In A World of Hurt

On this day, in 1987, 20th Century Fox released the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Predator. Little did film-goers at the time know but Predator was much more than just another Schwarzenegger vehicle. One of the best mixes of action, horror, and science fiction genres, Predator is widely regarded today as a classic from the decade. Predator was a […]

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