Godzilla 1998 Trades Allegorical Storytelling for Loud, Heartless Spectacle

Alongside King Kong, Godzilla is one of film’s most iconic ‘big monsters or kaiju. Since Toho Studios debuted the atomic monster in 1954, Godzilla (or Gojira) has appeared in 37 movies. Most of those movies have come courtesy of Toho. Not surprisingly, however, Hollywood has tried to cash in with an American-ized version for Western […]

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Darkness Falls Less Scary Than a Trip to the Dentist

Amidst a current ‘Golden Era’ of horror, it’s hard to remember that the genre experienced lean times in the 90s and early aughts. Yes, Wes Craven’s Scream sparked a brief neo-slasher trend. And several years later, Saw kicked off the ‘Torture Porn‘ craze while Hollywood raided VHS shelves for remakes. In between these trends, studios […]

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Class of Nuke ‘Em High Revels in the Crude Schlock That Defined Troma

If you’re a horror fan or B-movie lover and came of age in the 80s, you’re likely at least familiar with Troma Entertainment. The brainchild of Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, Troma movies mix ‘shock’ and ‘schlock’ on paper thin budgets. This is the studio that gave us The Toxic Avenger and Surf Nazis Must […]

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Ghoulies (Not Gremlins) May Not Be Essential Viewing, But It’s Definitely 80s Horror

Fewer decades produced more spirited, fun, and silly horror B-movies than the 1980s. The Evil Dead. The Toxic Avenger. Then there’s Night of the Creeps … and Night of the Comet. Alligator. The Stuff. Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Humanoids from the Deep. Maybe it’s not surprising that the neon decade of decadence inspired so […]

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Uncle Sam Stretches The Slasher Tradition of Holiday-Themed Horror

Just how bad of a state was the slasher subgenre in by the mid-1990s? In between Candyman and Scream, we got movies like Doctor Giggles, Leprechaun, Jason Goes to Hell, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, and Ice Cream Man. To say the slasher had run out of gas at that time would have been […]

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Evilspeak a Video Nasty That Programs for B-Movie, Gory Goodness

Casual horror fans may not be familiar with early 80s horror release, Evilspeak. At first glance, it’s a B-movie that mixes Stephen King’s Carrie with bits of leftover 70s occult and early techno-horror. The star, Clint Howard – director Ron Howard’s brother – was best known the children’s series Gentle Ben. But Evilspeak found some […]

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Grizzly Bares More Than a Passing Resemblance to Jaws

Few movies can claim to have the impact of Jaws. In addition to scaring people away from the beach, Steven Spielberg re-defined blockbuster movie-making. And yes, Jaws had a pretty adverse effect on the shark population. Though eco-horror movies were around before its release, Jaws predictably triggered a wave of killer animal movies. It didn’t […]

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