Godzilla vs Kong: A Monster Smackdown Worthy of the Big Screen

Finally. Everything has built up to this movie. When Legendary Pictures rebooted Godzilla in 2014 it took just a year to announce a ‘Monsterverse‘ of movies. Soon afterwards, Kong: Skull Island brought back King Kong to the big screen after a 10-year-plus hiatus. Then Godzilla: King of the Monsters sort of answered monster movie fans’ […]

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The Cleansing Hour: There’s Still a Devil of a Good Time in Demonic Possession Subgenre

In what was its biggest year for original content, Shudder released Damien LeVeck’s The Cleansing Hour in October 2020. Audiences and critics in kind responded positively. Now if you’ve watched enough horror movies, there’s a better than average chance you’ve seen a demonic possession movie. Since The Exorcist shocked audiences in the 1970s, the horror […]

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The Owners: British Home Invasion Falls Just Short of ‘Hidden Gem’ Status

Since Audrey Hepburn fought off violent criminals in 1967’s Wait Until Dark, the home-invasion thriller has been a staple of horror. From Straw Dogs to The Strangers, Hollywood has exploited the suburban nightmare of ‘others’ invading the domestic sphere. And just when the subgenre was losing steam, a handful of filmmakers found ways to subvert […]

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Sacrilege: British Pagan Cult Horror Unlikely To Recruit Many Followers

Over the last several years, we’ve witnessed folk horror make a quiet comeback. Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Robert Egger’s The Witch, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and Gareth Evans’ The Apostle – horror is chasing The Wicker Man’s atmosphere. And no, not The Wicker Man with Nicolas Cage running around in a bear suit. Now pagan cult […]

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Violation: Disturbing, Tense … And An Important Canadian Horror Movie

For its U.S. audiences, Shudder released its latest original movie, Violation. After premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Violation generated some strong critical buzz. A subversion of the rape-revenge narrative, Violation has also elicited some conversation around its disturbing violence. Though it’s only been available for less than a week, audiences are […]

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Run: Mother Knows best In This Roller-Coaster of a Thriller

We’re living in a ‘Golden Age’ of content. No longer do we have to wait for the major studios to produce movies we want to see. Over the last several years, streaming platforms like Netflix, Apple, and Amazon have increasingly moved into content creation. Most recently, Netflix emerged as a big winner when the Oscar […]

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Dreamkatcher: Lifeless Horror Movie No Matter How You Spell It

For his feature-length debut, writer and director Kerry Harris mashes several subgenres together. After a limited release in 2020, Dreamkatcher is widely available now on VOD streaming services. There’s bits of ‘creepy kids‘ horror along with ‘haunted objects‘ and a ‘terrible place‘ in the form of … yes, an isolated cabin. Personally, I’d like to […]

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