Crawl: A Category 5 Popcorn Horror Thriller

Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell), Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), Category 5 hurricanes, and killer alligators. What more could you ask of a summer horror movie? Killer animal movies generally play well over the summer months, and Crawl looks to be no exception. Critics have already embraced […]

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Road Trips From Hell: Spring Break Horror Films

Spring Break is here! Thinking of getting away with friends for a week of drinks and debauchery? Well, you may have second thoughts after this edition of The Chopping Block. With college students invading sunny resorts, it’s time to take a look at some of the best ‘spring break’ or ‘destination’ horror films. Drunk, students […]

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The Hills Have Eyes: A Remake To Kick Off Your Spring Break

Happy Spring Break! Hundreds of parents will be herding their kids into cars to brave traffic for a March Break getaway.  To celebrate March Break, in Re-Animated, I’ll be looking at the Wes Craven’s classic ‘family vacation gone wrong’ movie, The Hills Have Eyes. Released in July 1977, The Hills Have Eyes was a modest […]

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P2: Pretty Much the Same Level of Fear

On the second day of The Abominable Dr. Welsh’s 12 Days of Christmas Carnage, we have P2. You may not remember the movie, but horror fans likely know its creators. Alexandre Aja was one of the darlings of the 2000’s New French Extremity movement. Director Franck Kahlfoun directed a remake of a certain 80’s slasher classic. […]

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High Tension Puts the ‘Extreme’ in ‘New French Extremity’

Coinciding with the American ‘Torture Porn‘ movement in the early to mid-2000’s, the ‘New French Extremity’ subgenre, a term coined by scholar Alexandra West, re-acquainted horror fans with levels of gore and violence missing from theater screens since the early 1980’s. The New French Extremism was an eclectic collection of disparate films that were part […]

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Rock N’ Roll Can Never Die: Five Perfect Uses of Rock in Horror Scenes

Rock and roll was transgressive stuff when it hit airwaves in the 1950s. Perhaps then it makes sense that rock music and the horror genre would make such suitable bedfellows. For a genre that relies so heavily on audience mood and feeling, picking just the right song can take a fairly standard moment and turn […]

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Don’t Go in the Water: Piranha

It’s still officially the first week of spring so for this entry of our Re-Animated section we’ll continue with our trip through the EcoHorror subgenre. When Steven Spielberg introduced the world to Jaws he inadvertently spawned a series of rip-offs inspired by his “nature goes wild” theme. From a giant octopus in Tentacles to a […]

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