The Driller Killer: Abel Ferrara’s 70’s Punk Rock Psycho-Drama

Over the course of his career, director Abel Ferrara amassed some impressive Grindhouse credentials. His wide-spanning filmography includes an early pornographic movie, the cult rape-revenge Ms 45, and neo-noir crime thrillers King of New York and Dangerous Game. Ferrara made the gonzo 1992 thriller, Bad Lieutenant, and the critically acclaimed The Funeral. Few filmmakers have […]

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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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Pitchfork: A Better-Than-Expected Rural Slasher Flick

Sometimes simple is better. After roughly four decades of slasher movies, there’s probably not much else that can be done with the subgenre. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just a straightforward ‘stalk and slash’ movie. Case in point, the 2017 limited release, Pitchfork. With a generic horror movie title and some equally run-of-the-mill promotional […]

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Take a Stand with VFW: Joe Begos Scores with Brutal Siege Thriller

Last year, Joe Begos impressed with his trippy indie horror-thriller, Bliss. In fact, Bliss was a solid enough effort to make my list of 10 best movies of 2019. Now Begos is following up his modern take on the vampire with an ‘urban siege’ movie in the tradition of Assault on Precinct 13. Though it’s […]

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Castle Freak: A Lovecraft Fixer-Upper

Horror movie fans know Stephen King’s work. To date, Hollywood has adapted the vast majority of King’s literary output. Even some of his less substantial short stories have made the jump to the big screen. Comparatively, Hollywood hasn’t given the same attention to HP Lovecraft’s legendary work. Lovecraft film adaptations are few and far between. […]

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Bloodline: Serial Killer Thriller Drips With Disturbing Family Legacy

Though Blumhouse Production co-produced Bloodline, the psychological horror movie sat on a shelf after premiering on the festival circuit. On the surface, it’s another serial killer ‘hiding in plain sight’ movie Over the last few years, we’ve seen several similarly-themed movies including The Clovehitch Killer, Summer of 84, and The House That Jack Built. Aside […]

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Dead Body: Parlour Games, Sore Losers, and Murder Among Friends

Do you want to play a game? No, sorry, it’s not another Saw sequel or reboot. It’s Dead Body, horror’s version of recent dark comedy, Game Night. An under-the-radar indie slasher, Dead Body, doubles down on a classic slasher device – the ‘whodunnit’. Golden era 80’s slashers often weaved in Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There […]

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Nightmare Beach: The Best (Worst) Slasher, Spring Break Something or Other

Nightmare Beach is an under-the-radar horror movie. Despite it’s lack of brand familiarity, this Umberto Lenzi-flick accomplishes an impressive feat. That is, it combines not one, but two, sub-genres whose popularity had receded by the late 80’s – the slasher and the Spring Break teen sex romp. For older horror fans, Nightmare Beach was that […]

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The Furies: A ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Slasher

For horror fans disappointed with Netflix’s catalog, Shudder is your streaming alternative. In addition to a pretty impressive collection of 70’s and 80’s horror, Shudder platforms quite a bit of indie horror. Currently, Oz-ploitation flick, The Furies, is available for fans of more brutal, straightforward fare. This Down Under thriller promises a mix of slasher, […]

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