Firestarter Remake Fails to Ignite Stephen King’s Source Material

Later in 2022, Gary Dauberman’s (Annabelle Comes Home) highly anticipated Salem’s Lot remake arrives in theaters. Flying under the radar, the Firestarter remake quietly released in theaters and VOD platforms. Despite its relative lack of hype, this is a remake that makes some sense. On one hand, Stephen King’s novel boasts an interesting premise worthy […]

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Death Ship a Mildly Chilling Cruise for Nostalgic Horror Fans

No, it’s not Ghost Ship. And no, Ghost Ship is not a remake. This is the largely forgotten 1980 thriller, Death Ship. If you’re a certain age, and grew up in the 80s, you may have caught this one on late-night television. Like the eerie 70’s cult classic, Shock Waves, Death Ship is another horror […]

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Stalk and Slash: The Top 50 Slashers of All Time Part I

What are the best slasher movies of all time? With its roots in psychological thrillers Psycho and Peeping Tom, the slasher subgenre saw its template coalesce over the 1970s before its ‘Golden Era’ took flight in the 1980s. Horror would hit a low ebb in the 1990s before Wes Craven’s Scream would revitalize the genre. […]

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Alligator Offers A Mouthful of B-Movie Fun

Horror fans love when nature takes a bite out of humanity. And it can’t just be a regular-sized animal or insect. The bigger, the better. Following the massive success of Jaws, studios rushed to some version of a larger-than-average animal attacking a small community. Grizzly, Orca, Tentacles, Razorback – they all copied Steven Spielberg’s formula […]

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Death Spa: The Jane Fonda Workout of Late 80s Horror

By the late 1980s, horror was spinning its wheels. Major horror franchises – including Friday the 13th – were running on fumes. As the slasher declined in profitability, horror increasingly found its way to the straight-to-video market. What followed was bizarre, cheapo horror movies like Slaughter High, Nightmare Beach, and Cheerleader Camp. Occasionally, some of […]

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The Slayer Overcomes Low Budget With Surrealist Atmosphere

We’re digging deep into the 80s horror library for this edition of The Obscuratorium. In total, the United Kingdom added 72 movies – mostly from the horror genre – to their ‘Video Nasties‘ list. This was part of a moral panic that saw sweeping hysteria over the perceived corrupting effect of horror on youth. Just […]

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Five (More) Underrated Slasher Movies for Horror Fans

In one of the inaugural posts here on The Abominable Dr. Welsh, we looked at five underrated slasher movies. We know all the big ones – Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Scream, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But during its ‘Golden Era’ in the 1980s, movie studios were churning out slashers […]

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The Entity An Uncomfortable Mix of Supernatural Scares and Parapsychology

When legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese says something about movies, people listen. So when Scorsese ranked his scariest movies of all time, horror fans took notice. It’s an impressive list that includes noted classics like The Haunting, hidden gems (Night of the Demon), and one surprise entrant – The Entity. Ask horror fans to cite their […]

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