The Munsters Finds Rob Zombie Badly Misfiring On All Cylinders

Rob Zombie making a ‘family comedy’ wasn’t something anyone thought they would ever write. The divisive horror filmmaker and metal madman isn’t known for a light or warm touch. And it’s far from a sure thing that the world was asking for modern take on The Munsters. Nostalgia comes and goes in waves, Hollywood already […]

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The Mutilator Carves Out a Bit of Cult Status From Its B-Movie Kills

Even if it was the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher, not every slasher title released in the 1980s found an audience. Before the slasher franchise cycles kicked into effect and a Friday the 13th or Elm Street sequel released every year, micro-budgeted slashers still snuck into theaters. By the late 80s, the direct-to-video market offered […]

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Bodies Bodies Bodies a Sharp, Sardonic Mix of Slasher and Dark Comedy

When it was released in 1996, Scream was a game-changer that reinvigorated the slasher and horror generally. While slasher-comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies isn’t in the same position to have that impact, it certainly shares some DNA with Wes Craven’s classic. Based on a story of the same name by Kristen Roupenian, director Halina Reijn and […]

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Raven’s Hollow Boasts Atmosphere But Runs Thin On Story

Before there was H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, there was Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s poetry and short stories hugely influenced the horror genre. Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, and Legeia all found their way […]

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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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