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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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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