A Quiet Place is First Serious Contender for ‘Horror Film of the Year’

We’re four months into 2018 and we have a candidate for best horror film of the year. Horror fans frequently debate the ‘PG-13 horror films vs. R-rated horror’ on social media. I don’t know if A Quiet Place has sparked that old discussion, but I can assure you it’s wasted in this case. Simply put, A […]

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The Friday the 13th Film We Needed: Never Hike Alone

The idea of film films and fiction and expanded universes has never personally appealed to me. Fanboy obsession over every detail and minutiae of their objects of affection can border on obnoxious. Generally, I prefer to stick with original source material. However, the word of mouth surrounding Vincente DiSanti’s Friday the 13th fan film was […]

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Shout at the Devil: Satan, Heavy Metal, and Horror

Get out your devil horns. If you grew up in the 1980s, there’s. a good chance you may have listened to Motley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, or Iron Maiden. I went to a Catholic high school and distinctly recall getting a detention or having an Iron Maiden poster in my locker – it was considered morally […]

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Within the Darkness (2018)

Ghost-hunting ‘reality’ shows have a big audience. The expansion of cable television networks like the Discovery Channel and A&E along with the increased availability of cheap ‘ghost-hunting’ technology have probably played small parts in feeding public appetite for the subject matter. From Paranormal State to Ghost Adventures, supernatural seekers can usually find something on their […]

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The Crush (1993) Turns 25 Today

On April 2nd, 1993, The Crush hit North American theaters and introduced the world to Alicia Silverstone. The Crush itself was a relatively minor success, grossing just over $13 million in North American theaters.  It represented the latter part of a cycle of erotic and stalker-based thrillers that were released in the wake of the […]

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Get In on The Joke: April Fool’s Day (1986)

By 1986, the slasher film was by all accounts sputtering to an end after several years of dominating the horror genre. While the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, would continue pushing out more sequels and the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres, the peak of the glory years had past. […]

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Tragedy Girls Is a Date Worth Making

Horror is catching up with social media and its potential as a source of the horrific. Over the last few years, the horror genre has given us Unfriended, The Den, and the dreadful Friend Request. Each of these movies exploited the anonymous cruelties of our “likes’ based culture. Earlier this week, I reviewed the fun #FromJennifer that […]

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Black Mirror: Listing the Five Best Episodes

Admittedly, I was slow to get on the Black Mirror bandwagon. After receiving recommendations from several students, I finally started binging the British show this past February. A long-time fan of anthology series, including The Twilight Zone and Hammer House of Horror, I now count myself among the legions that consider the Charlie Brooker creation […]

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#FromJennifer is Worth a Follow

We’re living in an era that has witnessed an unprecedented rapid expansion of technology. I can still remember using Napster in the early 2000s and waiting an entire afternoon for a single song to download. In less than a decade we’ve discarded MySpace (and  Facebook could follow) for Snapchat and Instagram. The emergence of social […]

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Martyrs Remake Sacrifices The Original’s Power for Watered-Down Version

The ‘New French Extremity” movement of the 2000s produced some of the most controversial and transgressive horror films this century. Not surprisingly then, North American filmmakers who ran out of 1980s slasher films to remake have begun looting these French horror treasures. One of the first Extremity films to get the remake treatment was Martyrs, […]

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