The Vigil: Stay Up With This Jewish Supernatural Thriller

Plenty of horror movies draw on religious imagery in straightforward tales of good versus evening. As a subgenre, however, religious horror centers its conflict on either questions of faith or the dangers of dogmatic faith. There’s no shortage of horror movies seeped in Christian faith and imagery. But traditional Jewish horror movies are in short […]

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Birthday Slash: Six Birthday-Themed Horror Movies For Your Goodie Bag

Horror loves events. Not just holiday-themed movies, either. After Halloween defied box office expectations in 1978, the horror genre was looking to adapt just about any holiday or calendar event. Hence, we have Christmas and Valentine’s Day-themed movies alongside April Fool’s Day and Friday the 13th. We’ve got Prom Night and Graduation Day and even […]

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The Craft Legacy: Sisterhood of the Traveling Spells

Horror remakes aren’t always a bad idea. In some cases, movies don’t age well. Either the effects (or the movie’s story itself) become dated. Sometimes good ideas get lost in bad movies. And occasionally, a filmmaker comes along with a new twist on an old idea. Gore Verbinski’s update of Ringu added interesting subtext alongside […]

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Freaky: Gender Swap Horror Finds More Life in the Slasher Subgenre

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the brief 80’s craze with body-switching comedies. Everyone from Fred Savage to, yes, Kirk Cameron, got in on the act. Flash forward 20 years and Hollywood recycled the fad with 13 Going on 30 and the Rob Schneider clunker, Hot Chick. So in a year where most studios shelved […]

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The First Purge: A Franchise Reborn With Its Best Entry Yet

Two years removed and 2018 still remains the ‘Year of Blumhouse Productions’. While Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare were critical duds, both films were box office successes. And the studio’s re-invigoration of Halloween in October of 2018 marked a major course correction for the dormant franchise. Somewhere in between, Jason Blum tided […]

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The Purge Franchise: All crime, Including Murder, is Legal for 12 Hours

Who would have thought that a modestly budgeted home invasion thriller would spawn one of the decade’s more successful franchises? In retrospect, The Purge, which hit theaters in 2013, was exactly the kind of movie upon which Blumhouse Productions has built their success – big concept, small budget. Even if The Purge wasn’t a great […]

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The Hunt: A Perfect Subversive Take-Down For Our Political Times

Finally. Well, sort of. Few movies in recent memory have had quite the path to audiences as The Hunt. Blumhouse Productions originally planned to release their satirical take on The Most Dangerous Game last August. However, after the El Paso And Dayton shootings (and a Donald Trump Tweet), Blumhouse pulled the plug. Unexpectedly, Blumhouse resurrected […]

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The Invisible Man: What You Can’t See Can Be Very Scary

Nearly two years after The Mummy failed to kick off the ‘Dark Universe’, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and Blumhouse Productions have resurrected the Universal Monsters. This isn’t the first time Blumhouse has re-ignited a dormant franchise. And Whannell is no stranger to mixing horror and science fiction. While The Mummy was a bloated combination of horror […]

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