AVP Alien vs Predator: No Matter Who Wins, You Won’t Care

Fanboys wanted this movie from the day Dark Horse Comics published its Alien and Predator crossover in 1989. One year later, Predator 2 teased an image of a Xenomorph skull, sparking further speculation of a movie. But the Predator franchise was dormant through the 1990’s, while the Alien series concentrated on standalone sequels. Then along […]

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Leprechaun: Horror’s ‘Lucky Charms’ Horror Franchise

Blame Black Christmas. Or maybe John Carpenter’s Halloween. Regardless, the success of those movies all but guaranteed that horror would adapt just about any holiday on the calendar. Outside of Labour Day, St Patrick’s Day seemed like an unlikely candidate for a horror movie. Years of Saturday morning cartoon Lucky Charms’ commercials didn’t exactly make […]

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Slaughter High: The Low-Budget Class Clown of Slashers

After ruling horror for the early half of the decade, slashers had declined – in quality and success – by the latter half of the 80’s. Major slasher franchises, including Friday the 13th, were starting to run out of steam. And many of the later slasher movies were straight-to-video efforts. That’s not to say that […]

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Hollow Man: A Hollow Update of HG Wells Classic

Author HG Wells’ 1897 novel, The Invisible Man, is a classic work of science fiction. Director James Whale’s 1933 movie adaption later introduced The Invisible Man to the gallery of Universal Monsters. Since Whale’s groundbreaking version, Hollywood has re-visited Wells’ character numerous times, with mixed results. In 2000, RoboCop and Basic Instinct director Paul Verhoeven […]

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Silent Rage: Chuck Norris Round Kicks the Horror Genre

At one point in their careers, most big-name action stars dipped their toes into horror. Schwarzenegger fought demonic evil in End of Days, while Stallone tried his hand at slashers in Eye See You. Long before there was a Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wesley Snipes was Blade. Jason Statham fought Martians in Ghosts of Mars and […]

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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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