Spiral From The Book of Saw Mostly Succeeds at Re-Inventing The Franchise

Like the killers that populate them, horror franchises just will not die. In the last 20 years, few horror franchises have enjoyed quite as much success as the Saw movies. Once an October tradition, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and James Wan’s Saw introduced the world to ‘Torture Porn’, leading to seven sequels over a 13 year […]

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Spookies: Rare 80s Horror Re-Defines The Meaning of ‘So Bad, It’s Good’

Do you like bad movies? Like really bad movies? Horror has plenty of them for the true aficionados of bad cinema. There’s the more obvious casual fan candidates – Nic Cage’s Wicker Man remake, Snakes on a Plane, and Deep Blue Sea. And then there’s the ones familiar to horror fans like Basket Case, Silent […]

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Camping Horror Movies: Ten Movies To Scare You Out Of Your Sleeping Bag

Canada has already celebrated its official first long weekend of the summer. Now America is ringing its first long weekend. As the weather warms up, families and rowdy young adults will be heading out for camping and deep woods hikes. But horror fans know better. Whether it’s rural hillbilly horror or survival horror, horror has […]

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The Unholy Struggles To Scare Up Faith Amongst Devoted Horror Fans

As theatres slowly re-open in America, studios are finally starting to unload their bigger movies. While religious horror The Unholy likely wouldn’t be considered a ‘big release’ amongst genre fans, Sam Raimi’s (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell) role as producer would have ensured a theatrical release. Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures has scored some winners […]

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Aquarium of the Dead: Latest Asylum Release Comes with Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

For over two decades, American film company The Asylum has specialized in a micro-budgeted horror schlock movies. Often referred to as mockbusters, The Asylum strategically releases movies with similar titles and/or premises to major blockbusters. The big difference – Asylum movies are micro-budgeted retreads designed to exploit inattentive filmgoers. Want to watch The Amityville Horror […]

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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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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker: Little Seen 80s Oedipal Exploitation Thriller

As 1970s’ exploitation and splatter horror gave way to the slasher era of the 1980s, horror movies occasionally straddled styles. The result was some tonally oddball movie like Nightmare Beach, Pieces, Humanoids from the Deep, Sleepaway Camp, and Madman. While these movies had recognizable slasher DNA, their atmosphere and aesthetics felt like spiritual descendants of […]

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Army of the Dead Misses Out On Its Potential Even As It Flexes Its Zombie Action

After over a year of watching our most anticipated horror movies get bumped, we’re finally starting to reap a bounty. Last week, the surprise Chris Rock-produced Saw sequel, Spiral: From The Book of Saw finally hit select theatres. By the month’s end, A Quiet Place II finally releases. And now Zack Snyder’s long-gestating follow-up to […]

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