Mandy Mesmerizes With Dreamy Visuals and a Wild-Eyed Nicolas Cage

Italian-Canadian film director Panos Cosmatos waited awhile before following up his debut feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow. Based on the buzz his latest release, Mandy, generated at the Sundance Film Festival, it was worth the wait. Considered a mix of surrealist horror and action, Mandy has steadily built anticipation based on its trailers and word-of-mouth. […]

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Fear Stalks Netflix This Fall

Fear was among the last of a cycle of psychological thrillers that haunted multiplexes in the 1990’s. The James Foley-directed thriller echoed movies like Unlawful Entry, Pacific Heights, Poison Ivy, and The Crush. Critics hated it, but teen audiences lapped up the high school ‘Fatal Attraction’ story. The combination of young stars Reese Witherspoon and Mark […]

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Hellraiser and Horror: Pinhead Still Tears Your Soul Apart

In his original review, Roger Ebert referred to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as a ‘bankruptcy of imagination’. Despite Ebert’s role in elevating the art of film criticism, he most certainly got it wrong with Hellraiser. There may be many things wrong with the movie, but a lack of creativity is not one of them. Hellraiser premiered in […]

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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Hits the Reset Button on the Straight-To-Video Franchise

Like the Hellraiser franchise, Puppet Master films have been getting produced and released for almost three decades. The original Puppet Master was a straight-video release in 1989 that exceeded expectations and developed a cult following. To date, several sequels have been released under the radar of most horror fans. Unlike the Hellraiser movies, Puppet Master films have never […]

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The Nun Trades Atmosphere For Dumb Popcorn Scares

After months of anticipation and a lean marketing campaign, The Nun finally hit theatres across North America this week. The fifth film in the hugely successful The Conjuring universe, The Nun is currently tracking for the best box office opening in the franchise. Unfortunately, critics don’t have much nice to say on Rotten Tomatoes – The Nun […]

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Brainscan is Braindead Nostalgia For ’90’s Horror Fans

Generally, the 1990’s was not the best decade for horror. Slasher films dominated the previous decade, but when that well ran dry the genre lacked direction. Of course, great horror films were made in the ’90’s. On average, however, the 1990’s felt far removed from the boundary-pushing horror of the 1970’s. For a few years […]

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Halloween (2018): Breaking Down the Second Trailer

Forget the calendar, it’s September and for horror fans that makes it unofficially fall. With just over a month before the new Halloween is set to hit theatres, Universal Studios and Blumhouse Productions have seriously ramped up the marketing efforts. Earlier this week, a new poster with the tag ‘Face Your Fate’ was released. Yesterday […]

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Hostile Offers Somber Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

Not to be confused with recent Christian Bale western, Hostiles, 2017 release Hostile is the latest post-apocalyptic thriller. Like zombie films, It’s a subgenre that has been increasingly adopted by ambitious filmmakers to attempt uniquely allegorical storytelling. But audiences should be forewarned. If you’re expecting a hyper-violent, off-the-wall story in the vein of The Domestics, adjust […]

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The Nun Expands The Conjuring Universe This Friday

When James Wan unleashed The Conjuring in 2013, he helped to re-invent the ‘haunted house’ horror genre, along with Insidious, which Wan also directed. While it wasn’t as warmly received by critics, The Conjuring 2 was the rare sequel that managed to maintain the overall level of quality of its predecessor. Even when Annabelle, the […]

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Summer’s End: Back to School Horror Films

Fall may not officially begin until Saturday, September 2, but for horror fans and parents, summer is over. Tomorrow schools re-open their doors for the start of a new year. The days of parents listening to their kids complain about being bored ends. Colleges and universities will be welcoming thousands of first-year students into residences […]

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