The Evil: Midnight Movie 70’s Supernatural Oddity

Following The Exorcist and The Omen’s successes, Hollywood abruptly attempted to cash in. In turn, several supernatural and/or Satanic-themed horror movies quickly found their way into theatres. There were box office successes, like The Amityville Horror, along with middling releases that included Burnt Offerings and The Sentinel. As horror rode this occult wave, a few […]

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Alice Sweet Alice: A Hidden Gem of 70’s Horror

Several horror movies are generally regarded as kickstarting the 1980’s slasher movie boom. Critics and fans alike hail John Carpenter’s Halloween as the subgenre’s official starting point. But it was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho that shifted horror’s focus from aliens, Gothic monsters, and atomic beasts to the psycho-sexual killer. Somewhere in between these movies, The Texas […]

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Antrum: ‘Cursed’ Movie Takes You To Hell

Just over 20 years ago, The Blair Witch Project mixed ‘faux documentary’ movie-making with more traditional horror story-telling. Following its success, found-footage horror took over in the 2000’s. Indie horror offering, Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made, isn’t likely to have the same impact on the genre. After all, its gimmick – a cursed movie […]

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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things: An Eccentric 70’s Zombie B-Movie

Director Bob Clark had a pretty varied film-making career. His filmography spans everything from B-horror movies to more serious, dramatic fare (Tribute). Arguably, horror fans know Clark best for the classic Black Christmas. But he’s also the director responsible for the beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Story. In addition, Clark popularized the teen sex comedy […]

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Paranoia and Pods: Invasion of the Body Snatchers A Genre Classic

Contrary to popular opinion, Hollywood has been remaking movies for decades. Even Charlton Heston’s 1959 classic, Ben-Hur was a remake of a 1925 movie. Another case in point – 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To date, Hollywood has adapted Jack Finney’s novel, The Body Snatchers, four times. In fact, director Don Siegel first adapted […]

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Phantasm: A Surreal Midnight Movie Classic

A ‘phantasm’ refers to something illusory, an apparition, or a figment of the imagination. What’s not illusory is the surprising legacy of Don Coscarelli’s low-budget masterpiece, Phantasm. Earlier this week, the incomparable surreal horror celebrated its 40th anniversary. In the years since its release, Phantasm has spawned four sequels across four decades. Angus Scrimm’s ‘The […]

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Shocking Audiences After Five Decades

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre premiered 44 years ago on October 1st, 1974. With the sequels and remakes, it’s hard to believe that Tobe Hooper’s original movie was banned in several countries. I grew up in the videostore era of the 1980’s, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was not a video cassette cover I readily recall. […]

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The Devil’s Rejects: Even Hell Wouldn’t Have Them

Metal maestro Rob Zombie has a somewhat checkered history as a horror filmmaker. Critics complained that House of 1000 Corpses was too derivative. His Halloween remake was half of a good movie and the sequel’s ugliness overpowered some of its more interesting ideas. But The Devil’s Rejects marked the first time that Zombie flirted with critical acceptance. […]

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The Omen: The Devil is in the Details

The 1970’s was a golden age for horror films in general. It was a decade that saw the release of several classics of the genre including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, and Halloween. It was also a good decade for the Devil himself. Following the success of Rosemary’s Baby and the Manson family […]

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Shock Waves: The Deep End of 1970’s Horror

The 1970’s was a landmark decade for the horror genre. William Friedkin’s The Exorcist showed that horror could be taken seriously. Just a few years later, Steven Spielberg filled theater seats over the summer months with Jaws. It was the decade that saw Halloween, Phantasm, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Suspiria, and Alien released. Ken Wiederhorn’s […]

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