Cursed: Studio Tampering Neuters This Werewolf Movie

After Wes Craven completed his Scream trilogy, horror fans waited several years for the director’s next movie. By 2005, the wait was over – Craven released two movies that year. One of those movies was a decent thriller, Red Eye, that enjoyed some success. As for the second release, Craven’s werewolf thriller Cursed lived up […]

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Sleepwalkers Coughs Up a Hairball, Not Scares

In 1992, across two back-to-back months, two Stephen King movies made their way to theaters. One of those movies, The Lawnmower Man, bared little resemblance to King’s short story. Clearly unimpressed, the author sued to remove his name from the credits. As for the second movie, Sleepwalkers, King conjured up the story of ‘shapeshifting feline […]

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Jaws The Revenge A Fishy Sequel To a Beloved Classic

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is an unparalleled masterpiece. As a franchise, however, Jaws may offer the best illustration of diminishing returns. Three years after Jaws scared people away from the beach, Jaws 2 reminded it us it still wasn’t safe to go back in the water. Though it never came close to approaching the original’s quality, […]

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Van Helsing Haunted More By Excessive CGI Than Its Own Monsters

When Stephen Sommers (Deep Rising) re-imagined The Mummy as a mix of flashy CGI horror and swashbuckling Indiana Jones–esque adventure, it became a surprising box office smash. Anyone who saw Tom Cruise’s Mummy knows Sommers’ approach wasn’t a sure thing in 1999. Following a successful sequel, Sommers opted to take on a handful of Universal […]

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The Crow City of Angels: Poor Sequel Beyond Redemption

When Mirimax Films released The Crow it became an instantly iconic pop culture classic. Brandon Lee’s tragic death only lent a further sense of grief to the movie’s story. Arguably, the soundtrack was also the perfect time capsule of the eclectic alternative music scene from the era. Given its box office success, The Crow inevitably […]

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Critters: A Fun Bite of B-Monster Movie Nostalgia

No, they’re not Gremlins. Different movie. These are Critters … similar concept, different monsters. While Gremlins occupies a warm spot in movie fans’ hearts, Critters is a bit more niche. Even if director Stephen Herek intended no overlap – and the movies are in fact quite different – it’s not hard to see why some […]

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Night of the Lepus: Can Giant ‘Killer’ rabbits Be Scary?

If you didn’t know, animals can be pretty scary. Zoophobia refers to the general fear of animals. Not surprisingly, horror movies have exploited the more obvious choices. Are you afraid of spiders? If so, you’re not alone. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and several horror movies have dangled these eight-legged beasts into our laps. […]

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Chopping Mall: Cheap Thrills and Exploding Heads in Aisle 4

By the mid-1980’s, the slasher film craze was running out of steam. Though some series – A Nightmare on Elm Street and Child’s Play – were just beginning, the subgenre suffered from an excess of indistinguishable releases. Take a stroll through later ‘80’s releases and what you’ll find are more self-aware horror movies. Perhaps sensing […]

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