Tau On Netflix: Can Alexa Give It a Better Script

Science fiction and horror films have a long tradition of exploiting our fears about technology. In spite of our use and reliance on technology, we have such little understanding of how it works. With Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, we’ve witnessed significant advancements in Artificial Intelligence. We’re not quite at Skynet yet, but I still […]

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A Fully Loaded Thriller: Calibre is Smart and Suspenseful Storytelling

Over the last week, Netflix (the Canadian version) has added several thrillers to its streaming platform. Among this new batch of suspense films, Scottish film Calibre popped up on my ‘Recommended List’. With no instantly recognizable actors, a first-time director, and a familiar storyline, I had guarded expectations for Calibre. SPOILER ALERT: I was very […]

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Mommy Issues: Kaleidoscope Twists A Strange Mother-Son Tale

In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]

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The Meg (2018) Swims Into Theatres August 10

We’re well into the hot, humid days of summer. To date, Summer 2018 has generously given horror fans Hereditary, Upgrade, and The First Purge. But it wouldn’t be summer without a decent shark flick to play off of our fears of what lurks under the ocean. Last summer gave us 47 Meters Down and 2016 […]

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The First Purge: A Franchise Reborn With Its Best Entry Yet

The ‘Year of Blumhouse Productions’ marches on in 2018. While Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare were critical duds, both films were box office successes. With the new Halloween still a few months in the distance, Jason Blum is tiding us over with The First Purge. Despite being the fourth film in the […]

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Blessed Be the New Founding Fathers: Best Villains in The Purge Franchise

Happy Fourth of July to our American neighbours! To celebrate the American holiday Blumhouse Productions is releasing the fourth film in its Purge franchise, The First Purge. The timing of the release may cut a little too close to home for some viewers. But The Purge films has never been one to shy away from a […]

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The First Purge Hits Theaters Tomorrow

If you were worried that The Purge franchise seemed to have reached a natural conclusion with Election Year, fear not. Prequels exist for just this scenario. And that is the direction the next installment in The Purge franchise will take with The First Purge. As its title implies, the fourth film will take audiences back […]

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The Domestics Executes Its Familiar Post-Apocalyptic Story With Violent Style

The post-apocalyptic dystopian film is the gift that keeps on giving to the cinematic world. Regardless of genre – science-fiction, horror, action, or young adult – audiences can’t seem to get enough of end-of-the-world scenarios. Tomorrow film-goers can revel in the latest entry of dystopian Purge franchise, The First Purge. If you’re tired of Purge […]

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Canadian Bacon – Canadian Horror Films for Canada Day

Happy Canada Day! As a Canadian, I can pride in knowing that we have given our neighbour to the south high-quality beer, maple syrup, The Tragically Hip, hockey, and Ryan Reynolds. I disavow all responsibility for Justin Bieber and Nickelback. Canadians have also delivered some fantastic horror films over the years. Thus, to celebrate this […]

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The Endless: An Engaging Fusion of Horror, Mystery, and Science Fiction

In 2012, a science-fiction–horror hybrid called Resolution hit VOD services. Directed by the duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Resolution followed two old friends holed up in a run-down house out in the desert and stalked by an unseen entity. It boasted an intriguing premise that was masterfully executed with the kind of growing tension that […]

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