The Temp Won’t Have Most Viewers Eager to ‘Circle Back’ to 90s Psychological Thrillers

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, safe psychological thrillers had mostly supplanted the edgier resurgence of neo-noir. Thrillers like Pacific Heights, Sleeping With The Enemy, and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were suspenseful star-laden affairs that were tailormade for wide theatrical releases. None of the chills were likely to disturb mainstream audiences and […]

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Goodnight Mommy Fails as Both a Remake and Standalone Psychological Horror

Some movies just don’t need to be remade. Jaws, The Godfather, Goodfellas – these are just a few examples of movie that work every bit as well as they did upon release. Amongst the better horror movies of the 21st century, Austrian creepfest Goodnight Mommy wasn’t crying out for a remake either. Subtly unsettling, atmospheric, […]

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The Invitation Promises Gothic Horror, Delivers Tepid Scares

You’d be forgiven if you thought The Invitation was another quiet attempt at re-booting a ‘Dark Universe’ of classic monsters. The premise sounds like a contemporary spin on a ‘Brides of Dracula’ concept complete with its Gothic British manor setting. But this is a Sony Pictures release, not Universal Pictures, so if there’s vampires no […]

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Speak No Evil Mines Cultural Misunderstandings for Disturbing Horror

As summer gives ways to fall, Shudder continues to platform a diverse range of domestic and international horror titles for audiences. Just weeks ahead of Halloween, this week’s latest release is Danish horror thriller Speak No Evil. From writer and director Christian Tafdrup, Speak No Evil finds its horror from the cultural misunderstandings between Danish […]

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House of Darkness a Dialogue-Driven Game of Cat-and-Mouse

Over 10 years later, Neil LaBute is still probably apologizing for his remake of The Wicker Man. Now he’s back in the horror genre – including some intentional dark comedy – with the ‘date gone wrong’ House of Darkness. Before The Wicker Man, LaBute has explored themes of misogyny, which looks pretty central to House […]

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Intruders Can’t Quite Capitalize On Its Home Invasion Twist

Some horror movie premises are a bit like comfort food. Fans are willing to eat them up even if the presentation looks like something recycled from much better movies. Case in point, there’s always still a little mileage in home invasion movies. Just the idea of a stranger trying to break into the one place […]

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Barbarian Defies Expectations With Terrifying Horror Tale

When its trailer premiered ahead of The Black Phone, Barbarian jumped up pretty high on the list of most anticipated horror movies for 2022. Critical buzz for this one has been impressive. But outside of a creepy trailer that will make you think twice about renting an Airbnb, there’s not a whole lot of information […]

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Margaux a Smart Home Techno-Horror That Isn’t All That Smart

Seems like a while since we’ve had some good techno-horror to warn us about the dangers artificial intelligence, computers, and the Internet. But as smart home technology like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa expands, it was only a matter of time before we got a movie like the new Margaux. This one looks like it […]

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