Drive Angry: Pedal-to-the-Metal of Guilty Pleasure Thrills

Once upon a time, directing-and-writing duo Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer had a promising genre career. After his directorial debut, Dracula 2000, Lussier collaborated with Farmer on the wickedly fun remake, My Bloody Valentine 3D. At one point, Dimension Films pegged the duo to follow-up Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, tentatively titled Halloween 3D. But that […]

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Maximum Overdrive: Maximum King, Maximum Stupidity, Maximum Fun

Over his illustrious career, Stephen King has written over 60 novels. Hollywood has adapted many of these books into movies, mini-series, and television shows. To date, however, King has only directed one movie himself. But that one movie was the absolutely bonkers, Maximum Overdrive. Think Terminator, except about a quarter of the IQ points. If […]

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Nightmare Beach: The Best (Worst) Slasher, Spring Break Something or Other

Nightmare Beach is an under-the-radar horror movie. Despite it’s lack of brand familiarity, this Umberto Lenzi-flick accomplishes an impressive feat. That is, it combines not one, but two, sub-genres whose popularity had receded by the late 80’s – the slasher and the Spring Break teen sex romp. For older horror fans, Nightmare Beach was that […]

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Virus: Derivative Story-Telling … You Are Virus

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Odds are that every big name actor or actress has one movie to their credit they’d wish away. George Clooney has Return to Horror High. Jennifer Aniston has Leprechaun. And Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger have Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. As one of horror’s favourite ‘Scream Queens’, […]

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Offerings A Late, Low Budget 80’s Slasher With Little to Offer

Welcome to the most obscure of the obscure. I consider myself to be something on 80’s horror movie aficionado. Previously, I thought I had seen just about every slasher movie to emerge from that decade. And then I found Offerings on Amazon Prime. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. This 1989 slasher came […]

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Graveyard Shift: A Minimum Wage 90’s Horror Movie

If Stephen King writes it, Hollywood will inevitably adapt it. Even some of King’s thinner works (no pun intended) have received the big-screen treatment. With so much output, it’s not really all that surprising that you get the occasional dud. Among these duds, Graveyard Shift remains one of the more forgotten King adaptations. The 1990 […]

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The New Kids: Not the Toughest Revenge Thriller on the Block

In the 1980’s, horror movies were defined by the slasher sub-genre. Similarly, the action-thriller genre was all about vengeance. Revenge thrillers were all the rage in the decade of excess and neon. Death Wish sequels, Ms 45, Savage Streets, The Exterminator, Vigilante, Fighting Back. Most of these movies were grimy, violent, low-budget affairs. And then […]

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Silent Hill: AKA The Movie Where Sean Bean Doesn’t Die

Horror movies adapted from video games don’t have a checkered history. By and large, critics have universally loathed these movies. ‘Director’ Uwe Boll scraped the bottom of the barrel with adaptations of Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead. On the other end of the spectrum, Paul WS Anderson’s Resident Evil probably remains […]

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Halloween III Season of the Witch: Halloween Sequel Has More Treats Than Tricks

Every long-running movie franchise or television series has one. It’s that sequel or season that disappointed its fanbase. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans hated on the fourth season. When Friday the 13th tried to move on without Jason Voorhees, Paramount immediately course-corrected with their next sequel. After two successful Halloween movies, John Carpenter decided it […]

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