The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 A Dull 80s Follow-Up To a 70s Classic

In the 1970s, Wes Craven directed two landmark horror movies – The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream followed in the 80s and 90s. That’s an impressive legacy. Yet somewhere in between The Hills Have Eyes and Elm Street, Craven struggled to connect with […]

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Sleepwalkers Coughs Up a Hairball, Not Scares

In 1992, across two back-to-back months, two Stephen King movies made their way to theaters. One of those movies, The Lawnmower Man, bared little resemblance to King’s short story. Clearly unimpressed, the author sued to remove his name from the credits. As for the second movie, Sleepwalkers, King conjured up the story of ‘shapeshifting feline […]

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Deadly Illusions: Suspenseless ‘Thriller’ Will Make You Wish You Had Writer’s Block

In addition to awful Christmas movies, Netflix specializes in cheap, knockoff psychological thrillers. Once upon a time, sexualized psychological thrillers – Basic Instinct, Sliver, Fatal Attraction – were hallmarks of the late 80s and early 90s. Too bad Netflix isn’t making those movies. Instead, Netflix thrillers have strayed towards bland and formulaic. Like their Christmas […]

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Leprechaun: Horror’s ‘Lucky Charms’ Horror Franchise

Blame Black Christmas. Or maybe John Carpenter’s Halloween. Regardless, the success of those movies all but guaranteed that horror would adapt just about any holiday on the calendar. Outside of Labour Day, St Patrick’s Day seemed like an unlikely candidate for a horror movie. Years of Saturday morning cartoon Lucky Charms’ commercials didn’t exactly make […]

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Slaughter High: The Low-Budget Class Clown of Slashers

After ruling horror for the early half of the decade, slashers had declined – in quality and success – by the latter half of the 80’s. Major slasher franchises, including Friday the 13th, were starting to run out of steam. And many of the later slasher movies were straight-to-video efforts. That’s not to say that […]

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The Fanatic: Look Who’s Stalking

Aside from Nicolas Cage (Mandy, The Wicker Man), John Travolta may have one of the more interesting Hollywood career arcs. After shooting to leading man status in the 1970’s, Travolta’s prospects nosedived in the 1980’s. Before Tarantino saved his career with Pulp Fiction, Travolta was stuck starring in Look Who’s Talking sequels. Following the disaster […]

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The Howling II: Horror Sequel May Have You Howling for All the Wrong Reasons

Joe Dante’s The Howling is a classic horror movie. Aside from An American Werewolf in London, it’s one of the best werewolf movies of all time. Interestingly, however, The Howling has produced one of the more bizarre horror franchises. To date, studios have churned out seven sequels over four decades. Most of these sequels were […]

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I Spit On Your Grave Deja Vu: A Pointless Sequel That Should Have Stayed Buried

I Spit On Your Grave, or Day of the Woman, remains one of the most controversial horror movies ever made. Critics hated it, censors banned it. Make no mistake about it, director Meir Zarchi’s rape-revenge exploitation flick is ridiculously violent. Though Zarchi would claim it’s a feminist cry to power, the movie’s nearly 30-minute gang […]

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