Hell House LLC Scares New Life out of Found Footage

Hell House LLC probably suffered somewhat from audience burnout with found-footage horror (FFH). Despite a release almost two years ago to most VOD-streaming platforms, Stephen Cognetti’s fun little horror film has largely languished in obscurity. I saw it for the first time last fall and was pleasantly surprised. With a Shudder-exclusive sequel released earlier this […]

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King of Horror: Picking Past Film Adaptations of Stephen King’s Work to Remake

It’s ‘Master of Horror’ Stephen King’s 71st birthday today. His first novel, Carrie, was published in 1973. His works include Misery, The Shining, The Dark Tower series, and It. To date, King has published over 50 novels and collected works. One could easily make the argument that Stephen King is one of the most influential […]

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The Toybox is Frequently Hilarious – Too Bad It’s Not a Comedy

Supernatural horror film The Toybox was released earlier this week after a screening earlier in 2018 at the Texas Frightmare Weekend. Admittedly, I knew little about this movie aside from its two principal actors – Denise Richards and Mischa Barton. Now when I sit down write a review, it’s never my intent to be unnecessarily […]

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The Blair Witch Project and the Challenge of Franchise Building

When it was released in 1999, The Blair Witch Project was as much a cultural phenomenon as it was a box office sensation. David Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s found-footage format film was a cross-over hit. This was popular culture that inspired water-cooler talk. Its viral marketing campaign, which included mock news and documentary footage, was the […]

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Drag Me to Hell Looks to Curse New Fans on Netflix

After Army of Darkness, Sam Raimi took a break from horror to do other things. Of course, those ‘other things’ included directing the original Spider-Man trilogy, so Raimi kept himself busy. Two short years after the letdown of Spider-Man 3, Raimi returned to horror with Drag Me To Hell. Co-written with his brother, Ivan, Drag […]

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Trench 11 Struggles to Find Momentum or Scares

The horror genre has a long, rich history of using Nazis as monsters. From Isla, She-Wolf of the SS to more recent entries like Dead Snow and Frankenstein’s Army, the Nazis have offered the genre some good villains for reasons that shouldn’t need further explanation. Later this fall, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is releasing […]

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House on Sorority Row: Pledge the Original, Not the Remake

We are now a couple of weeks into a new school year. In Canada, students have finished their frosh week fun and are likely (or should be) getting into their coursework. Fraternities and sororities at U.S. colleges may still be ‘rushing’ potential pledges. In this edition of Re-Animated, in honour of college life, I’ll be dusting […]

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Mandy Mesmerizes With Dreamy Visuals and a Wild-Eyed Nicolas Cage

Italian-Canadian film director Panos Cosmatos waited awhile before following up his debut feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow. Based on the buzz his latest release, Mandy, generated at the Sundance Film Festival, it was worth the wait. Considered a mix of surrealist horror and action, Mandy has steadily built anticipation based on its trailers and word-of-mouth. […]

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Fear Stalks Netflix This Fall

Fear was among the last of a cycle of psychological thrillers that haunted multiplexes in the 1990’s. The James Foley-directed thriller echoed movies like Unlawful Entry, Pacific Heights, Poison Ivy, and The Crush. Critics hated it, but teen audiences lapped up the high school ‘Fatal Attraction’ story. The combination of young stars Reese Witherspoon and Mark […]

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Hellraiser and Horror: Pinhead Still Tears Your Soul Apart

In his original review, Roger Ebert referred to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as a ‘bankruptcy of imagination’. Despite Ebert’s role in elevating the art of film criticism, he most certainly got it wrong with Hellraiser. There may be many things wrong with the movie, but a lack of creativity is not one of them. Hellraiser premiered in […]

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