Prey for the Devil Possesses Too Few Scares To Justify a Formulaic Story

Since The Exorcist shocked audiences in 1973, plenty of demonic possession movies have followed. At this point, the storytelling conventions and tropes are well-established. To date, The Exorcist remains the gold standard of the horror subgenre. But The Exorcist III has slowly won over critics and fans. And The Last Exorcism and The Exorcism of […]

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Raising Cain a Campy 90s Psychological Thriller That Rarely Bores

By and large, director Brian De Palma is largely known for his crime and psychological thrillers. To date, The Untouchables, Scarface, and Dressed to Kill remain genre classics. On a handful of occasions, however, De Palma has ventured into ‘near horror’ territory (Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise) and outright horror (Carrie). In addition to his […]

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Mandrake a Quietly Unsettling Folk Horror Release From Shudder

Over the last several years, folk horror has seen a resurgence in popularity. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, British folk horror delivered memorable classics like Witchfinder General and The Wicker Man. More recently, The Witch, Apostle, The Ritual, Men, and Midsommar – to name just a few – have sparked new interest in the […]

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All Jacked Up and Full Of Worms Delivers On Its Title

Last month, Damien Leone pushed on just about every limit available with his sequel, Terrifer 2. Halloween may be over, but the horror genre rolls on. And this week, indie filmmaker Alex Phillips’ All Jacked Up and Full Of Worms arrives on Screambox and other VOD platforms. Apparently, it’s not just the title that got […]

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Godzilla 1998 Trades Allegorical Storytelling for Loud, Heartless Spectacle

Alongside King Kong, Godzilla is one of film’s most iconic ‘big monsters or kaiju. Since Toho Studios debuted the atomic monster in 1954, Godzilla (or Gojira) has appeared in 37 movies. Most of those movies have come courtesy of Toho. Not surprisingly, however, Hollywood has tried to cash in with an American-ized version for Western […]

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Götterdämmerung Finds a New Suspect in a Creepy Third Episode of The Watcher

After two episodes of dangling red herrings in front of audiences, The Watcher’s second episode, Blood Sacrifice, ended with a literal bang. Now two suspects are off the table though it’s worth pointing out that we didn’t really see their bodies. Given that there’s only seven episodes slated for this limited series, Ryan Murphy’s going […]

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The Lair Brings The Creatures But Falls Short on Expectations

British director Neil Marshall has made one genuine classic horror movie, the claustrophobic The Descent. And one could argue that his debut effort, Dog Soldiers, remains one of the best werewolf movies. Follow-up projects Doomsday and Centurion divided critics, but they’re still wildly interesting movies. Recent works haven’t been so much divisive as outright loathed. […]

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The Accursed Finds Itself Cursed With Generic Story, Lack of Scares

Halloween may be over but that doesn’t mean the genre sleeps. Plenty of horror movies are still making their way out to streaming and VOD platforms. Unfortunately for the recently released The Accursed, it’s one year removed from another movie called – yes, The Accursed. Starring Mena Suvari and The Order’s Sarah Grey, Willy’s Wonderland […]

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