Universal Monsters: Five Legacy-Defining Movies

Universal Studios and the Universal monsters of the 1930’s and 1940’s are the template for our Halloween. Mad scientists and hunchback assistants. Angry villagers with pitchforks and torches. Shuffling monsters with electrodes their neck. Full moons and werewolves. Aristocratic vampire in capes. During their nearly two decade reign over horror, Universal created much of the […]

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Romantic Horror: Five Horror Movies for Broken Hearts and Jilted Lovers

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day. If you’re single or recently had your heart broken, it’s a bit of an exclusive holiday. Romantic comedies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Or maybe you’re just worn out from all the Hallmark Christmas movies on Netflix. In this Chopping Block column, I have a list of five ‘alternative’ romantic […]

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The ‘Rural Other’ in Backwoods Horror

John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance is considered a landmark achievement in cinema. Its story of four ‘big city’ friends stalked and assaulted by backwoods locals on a wilderness canoe trip earned multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. While not a horror film, Deliverance played a significant role in popularizing one of horror’s most popular subgenres […]

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