Velvet Buzzsaw Paints a Dark Mix of Comedy and Horror

Fans of dark crime-thriller Nightcrawler rejoice! Writer and director Dan Gilroy has reunited with Jake Gyllenhaal for a new Netflix original movie. Velvet Buzzsaw promises a sardonic mix of dark humour and horror set in the shallow world of the Los Angeles art community. Gilroy’s latest movie debuted earlier in 2019 at Sundance. Netflix released […]

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Cobra: Where Logic Stops, And ‘80’s Mindlessness Starts

No, Cobra is technically not a horror movie. Still it’s concept of an army of ax-wielding serial killers evokes some horror imagery. Besides, this George P. Cosmatos-directed Stallone ‘shoot’em up’ was tailor-made for the Worst Movie Ever column. As a side note, Cosmatos’ son, Panos Cosmatos directed the bonkers Nicolas Cage flick, Mandy. Released at […]

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Suspiria Remake Casts Its Own Dark Spell

Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a horror masterpiece. Critics and fans alike hold it as a classic of the genre. To date, Bravo still lists Suspiria as one of the 100 scariest movies ever made. Certainly, Argento’s tale of a dance school concealing a coven of witches wasn’t begging for a remake. Regardless of the necessity, […]

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Cold Prey: Get Snowed In With This Winter Slasher

Norway isn’t a major horror player. But the northwestern European nation has produced a few noteworthy chillers including the Dead Snow movies and Trollhunter. In the mid-2000’s, Norway even produced its own budding slasher franchise – the Cold Prey movies. Released in 2006, the original Cold Prey was a box office hit in Norway. Followed […]

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The Dark: Brooding Allegorical Tale of Abuse and Trauma

An English-language Austrian movie filmed in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, The Dark is yet another horror allegory borrowing bits of zombie narrative. It follows on the heels of several similar 2018 releases that included Cargo and The Cured. Now after making the rounds at film festivals, The Dark hit several streaming platforms earlier in January. […]

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Do You Want to Play A Game? Ranking The Saw Franchise

Somewhere in between ‘masked slashers’ and ‘insidious conjurings’, torture porn briefly reigned in horror. From Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects to Eli Roth’s Hostel and the ‘New French Extremity‘ movement, horror fans flocked to movies characterized by extreme graphic violence. However, it all started with James Wan’s Saw in 2004. The low-budget movie kickstarted a […]

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The Ranger Invites Horror Fans to The Woods

Indie horror movie The Ranger generated some low-key positive buzz in 2018. A fun retro-trailer that harkened to old school PSA’s undoubtedly helped. Critics also seemed mildly impressed with The Ranger when it debuted at SXSW. After a long wait, The Ranger finally hit Blu-ray shelves this past week. Synopsis After a tragic confrontation with […]

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The Green Inferno: A Main Course For Gorehounds Only

Aside from Rob Zombie, few current horror filmmakers understand exploitation cinema like Eli Roth. From his debut Cabin Fever to his ‘Torture Porn’ contribution Hostel, Roth has a penchant for gut-wrenching violence. Yet Roth’s homage to the cannibal exploitation subgenre, Green Inferno, struggled to find an audience. Critics were even less impressed. Was it the […]

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Ghost Ship: Does This Supernatural Chiller Sink or Swim?

Somewhere between New Line Cinemas and Blumhouse Productions, Dark Castle Entertainment shone briefly as horror king. Named after horror master William Castle, the studio was created with the purpose of remaking his classic movies. Within just a few years, Dark Castle produced remakes of 13 Ghosts, The House on Haunted Hill, and House of Wax. […]

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Scanners Will Still Blow Your Mind

Canadian director, David Cronenberg, has a truly eclectic filmography. Though his films cross genres, Cronenberg has largely staked out his fame in horror and science fiction with movies like Scanners. Today, he is synonymous with ‘body horror’. Academic Philip Brophy coined the term, body horror, in an article entitled Horrality – The Textuality of Contemporary […]

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