Diane Mixes Crime and Horror Genres to Haunting Effect

Writer and director Michael Mognillo’s latest film, Diane, is a daring mix of genres. It’s part horror film, part psychological thriller, and part crime genre. Diane is an example of ambitious storytelling on a shoestring budget. Though it had a limited released in 2017, Diane is just turning up on VOD-streaming platforms. Synopsis Disabled war […]

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Hell Fest Kicks Off the Halloween Movie Season

Escape rooms and haunted attractions are arguably at peak popularity right now. Horror filmmakers haven’t missed this trend either. In the last few years, we’ve seen The Houses That October Built and Hell House LLC, with their respective sequels, cash in on the craze. Now this week Lionsgate and CBS Films release their Halloween park […]

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My Teacher My Obsession is Less Fun Than After-School Detention

Earlier this year, I reviewed the terrible Netflix film, Bad Match. To date, it’s inexplicably  one of the most viewed posts on this blog. Now several months later and Netflix gives us another stalking thriller. My Teacher My Obsession trades in the Tinder-centric stalker tale for a more Lolita-esque plot. Not too Lolita, mind you. […]

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Hell House LLC 2 Cordially Invites You Back to The Abaddon Hotel

As it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only holiday that encourages giving. With Halloween just over a month away, horror-streaming service Shudder surprised horror fans. Last week, Shudder debuted the surprise sequel to found-footage gem, Hell House LLC. The first film was a hidden gem that showed the found-footage format could still produce scares. With […]

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Hell House LLC Scares New Life out of Found Footage

Hell House LLC probably suffered somewhat from audience burnout with found-footage horror (FFH). Despite a release almost two years ago to most VOD-streaming platforms, Stephen Cognetti’s fun little horror film has largely languished in obscurity. I saw it for the first time last fall and was pleasantly surprised. With a Shudder-exclusive sequel released earlier this […]

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King of Horror: Picking Past Film Adaptations of Stephen King’s Work to Remake

It’s ‘Master of Horror’ Stephen King’s 71st birthday today. His first novel, Carrie, was published in 1973. His works include Misery, The Shining, The Dark Tower series, and It. To date, King has published over 50 novels and collected works. One could easily make the argument that Stephen King is one of the most influential […]

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The Toybox is Frequently Hilarious – Too Bad It’s Not a Comedy

Supernatural horror film The Toybox was released earlier this week after a screening earlier in 2018 at the Texas Frightmare Weekend. Admittedly, I knew little about this movie aside from its two principal actors – Denise Richards and Mischa Barton. Now when I sit down write a review, it’s never my intent to be unnecessarily […]

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The Blair Witch Project and the Challenge of Franchise Building

When it was released in 1999, The Blair Witch Project was as much a cultural phenomenon as it was a box office sensation. David Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s found-footage format film was a cross-over hit. This was popular culture that inspired water-cooler talk. Its viral marketing campaign, which included mock news and documentary footage, was the […]

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Drag Me to Hell Looks to Curse New Fans on Netflix

After Army of Darkness, Sam Raimi took a break from horror to do other things. Of course, those ‘other things’ included directing the original Spider-Man trilogy, so Raimi kept himself busy. Two short years after the letdown of Spider-Man 3, Raimi returned to horror with Drag Me To Hell. Co-written with his brother, Ivan, Drag […]

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Trench 11 Struggles to Find Momentum or Scares

The horror genre has a long, rich history of using Nazis as monsters. From Isla, She-Wolf of the SS to more recent entries like Dead Snow and Frankenstein’s Army, the Nazis have offered the genre some good villains for reasons that shouldn’t need further explanation. Later this fall, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is releasing […]

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