March 12, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Even before Jaws changes the box office rules forever, eco-horror was a somewhat popular horror subgenre in the 1970s. Frogs, Phase IV, and Night of the Lepus found nature in a foul mood with humanity. And technically, Jaws isn’t really an eco-horror in its narrative design. But Spielberg’s classic killer shark movie inspired a host […]
February 5, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
As Avatar: The Way of Water continues to chug along at the box office, James Cameron has now directed three of the five highest growing movies of all time. Certainly, it’s an impressive feat that confirms few filmmakers understand better than Cameron how to create visual spectacle. Before he was immersing audiences on Pandora or […]
January 13, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Once Paramount Pictures resurrected Jason Voorhees with lightning in Jason Lives, the franchise was running out of options for subsequent sequels. But increasingly ridiculous sequel setups weren’t the biggest problem for Friday the 13th. Audiences were losing interest and, as a result, Jason Takes Manhattan saw declining box office receipts. By 1993, New Line Cinema […]
December 19, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Professional wrestlers transitioning to movies has a mixed track record. While The Rock has made the leap to mega-star and John Cena’s Peacemaker is a hit, no one’s asking Hulk Hogan to make No Holds Barred II. In what’s perhaps a wise move, Bill Goldberg has limited his acting career to supporting roles in movies. […]
November 6, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
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 […]
October 27, 2022.Reading time 9 minutes.
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 […]
September 7, 2022.Reading time 9 minutes.
The 1980s gave horror fans a lot of fun, cheesy B-horror movies. Aside from the obvious picks like Evil Dead, Re-Animator, and Return of the Living Dead, there was Killer Klowns From Outer Space, The Blob remake, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, and Chopping Mall. Don’t forget about Night of the Comet, Alligator, and Brain […]
August 2, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
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 […]