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The Ghost and the Darkness Capably Executes Its ‘Jaws on the Plains’ Premise

Nature hates us. Look no further than the slew of killer animal movies for proof. Throw in movies about killer, mutated insects for good measure. Since the 1970s eco-horror and ‘when animals attack’ thrillers have become their own subgenre. Sometimes the animals or bugs make sense. Sharks and spiders are inherently terrifying. Yes, grizzly bears can be dangerous. Worms and…

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The Innocents – The Kids Aren’t Alright in this Norwegian Thriller

Last year, the Norwegian thriller The Innocents debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. On the surface, The Innocents like another entry in the creepy kids subgenre with a supernatural twist thrown in for good measure. Plenty of sci-fi movies (Village of the Damned) and Stephen King novels (Firestarter, Carrie) have explored the premise of children gifted with dangerous powers. Writer…

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Hatching a Dark Mix of Finnish Horror and Fairy Tale

Follows its debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Finnish horror movie Hatching has generated considerable buzz. Just the premise and accompanying promotional material are enough pique curiosity. Its premise of a young girl ‘hatching’ a monster from an implausibly large egg conjures up allusions to something written by The Brothers Grimm. From first time director Hanna Bergholm, Hatching has…

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Splinter a Criminally Underseen Horror Movie Worth Re-Visiting

Before the zombie craze was fully under way, indie horror movie Splinter was enjoying a bit of critical buzz. It only saw a limited theatrical run in 2008, but still earned a Best Horror Movie nomination at the Saturn Awards. Since its release, however, Splinter has unfairly faded into obscurity. In addition to some good practical effects, Toby Wilkins’ little…

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Shark Bait a Derivative, Toothless Killer Shark Movie

Summer’s just around the corner. With the weather warming up people will be heading out to the beach soon enough. So naturally it’s time for another killer shark movie. Following on the heels of the so-so The Requin, Shark Bait quietly swam on to select VOD platforms last week. Nothing about this thriller stands out from its premise to the…

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Firestarter Remake Fails to Ignite Stephen King’s Source Material

Later in 2022, Gary Dauberman’s (Annabelle Comes Home) highly anticipated Salem’s Lot remake arrives in theaters. Flying under the radar, the Firestarter remake quietly released in theaters and VOD platforms. Despite its relative lack of hype, this is a remake that makes some sense. On one hand, Stephen King’s novel boasts an interesting premise worthy of the big screen. Yet…

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Those Who Walk Away Strolls to a Somewhat Compelling Second Half

Earlier in 2022, supernatural thriller Those Who Walk Away premiered simultaneously in select theaters and on VOD platforms. It’s the latest movie to shoot its story in a single continuous take (or at least edited to look like one). From director Robert Rippberger and starring Twilight-alum Booboo Stewart, Those Who Walk Away mixes a familiar haunted house narrative with an…

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The Sadness a Boundary-Pushing Zombie Movie

Another week, another zombie movie premieres on Shudder. At face value, The Sadness doesn’t promise much outside of the familiar narrative. But this Taiwanese horror movie comes with a buzz generally reserved for the most shocking horror movies. Its violence and purported willingness to cross just about any boundary may draw comparisons to A Serbian Film, Martyrs, or Irreversible. The…

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