Eloise: A Ghost Story That Never Fully ‘Commits’ To Its Setting

Horror movies love to throw around the ‘based on a true story’ proclamation regardless of how much truth is present. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was in fact a psychiatric facility named Eloise that operated from the early 1800’s to the 1980’s. Aside from its setting and location, direct-to-video thriller Eloise […]

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Black Christmas: A Remake That Drops a Lump of Coal in Your Stocking

The American Thanksgiving long weekend is over. As of today, we’re just a month away from Christmas. For horror fans, this could mean only one thing – Christmas-themed horror movies. And what better place to start than re-visiting one of the best Christmas horror movies, Black Christmas. Not surprisingly, like just about every horror movie, […]

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The Invitation: A Dinner Party You Won’t Want to Miss

Cults make perfect fodder for horror and thriller movies. Regardless of when you were born, everyone knows about the Manson Family and The Jonestown Massacre. Not surprisingly, Hollywood has exploited our fascination with cults for years. Though its been a few years since its limited release, The Invitation is arguably one of the better illustrations […]

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Terror Train: All Aboard for a Killer Party

Today is ‘Scream Queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis’ birthday. Undoubtedly, the legendary actress has made her mark in films across genres. But Curtis defined her early career with a series of starring roles in horror movies beginning with Halloween. Fans fondly remember most of these roles. Hollywood has even given some of these movies the remake treatment. […]

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Sabrina: Demonic Doll, Not The Teenage Witch

No, not that Sabrina. Netflix expands its international horror offerings this week with Indonesian movie, Sabrina. And it’s not even about a witch. Instead Sabrina plays as part Annabelle, part Ouija, and part The Conjuring with some Truth or Dare mixed in for good measure. In a year that’s seen international horror movies like Veronica and May The Devil […]

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The Babysitter On Netflix: Not Your Parents’ Mary Poppins

The ‘babysitter in peril’ trope is a favourite in the horror genre. We’ve seen it before from John Carpenter’s Halloween to When a Stranger Calls. But since Wes Craven flipped the rules in Scream, horror fans have gotten smarter. We expect more from our horror movies today, not more of the same. Just over a […]

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Cam: An Unsettling Look at Identity and Technology

A joint production between Blumhouse Productions and two smaller studios, Cam is the latest thriller to explore anxieties about technology and social identity. Over the past year, similarly-themed movies #FromJennifer and Tragedy Girls have found horror at the intersection between social media and our ‘Likes-obsessed’ culture. This time around, Cam takes us into the world of […]

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May The Devil Take You: A Devilish Homage To Evil Dead

Netflix released Indonesian horror homage, May The Devil Take You (Sebelum Iblis Menjemput) this past Friday. Timo Tjahjanto served as writer and director on this Sam Raimi-esque story about Faustian deals and family curses. Previously, Tjahjanto contributed to the recent anthology movies, V/H/S 2 and ABC’s of Death. With May the Devil Take You, Tjahjanto […]

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Silent Night: Re-Gifting an ‘80’s Cult Classic

To this day, Silent Night, Deadly Night remains one of the most controversial horror films produced. Of course, the controversy that swirled around the 1984 exploitation slasher was misguided at best. Nonetheless, the ‘Santa Claus Killer’ movie reached a similar level of infamy as the ‘Video Nasty List’ in the United Kingdom. And like many […]

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The Hills Run Red: Sleazy Hillbilly Horror Redux

At the end of the 2000’s, the ‘torture porn’ sub-genre was almost out of steam. Paranormal Activity had supplanted the Saw franchise as the new ‘king of the Halloween’ movie season. After a handful of high-profile box office failures (e.g., Captivity, I Know Know Who Killed Me), the writing was on the wall. Dark Castle […]

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