Mimic: del Toro’s Overlooked 90’s Monster Movie

Today, Guillermo del Toro is a celebrated, Oscar-winning director. His filmography includes Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water, as well as Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, and Crimson Peak. A visually-creative filmmaker, del Toro has elevated the ‘monster movie’ to an art form. But del Toro’s first English-feature, Mimic, didn’t fare quite […]

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Deep Blue Sea 2: Something Fishy Off the Starboard Bow

If you were a certain age in the 1990’s, you remember Deep Blue Sea. Released in the summer of 1999, the Renny Harlin-directed shark thriller was a modest box office hit earning just over $73 million on a $60 million budget. Its premise of genetic experiments creating intelligent killer sharks made for delightfully silly B-movie […]

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Underwater: Batten Down the Hatches for a Fun Popcorn Monster Movie

We’re not even halfway through January and Hollywood has already given us not one, but two, new horror movies. A second go-around at Americanizing The Grudge bombed hard with critics and the box office. And early signs are bleak for Kristen Stewart’s aquatic horror movie, Underwater. As the weekend’s box office receipts roll in, Underwater […]

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Graveyard Shift: A Minimum Wage 90’s Horror Movie

If Stephen King writes it, Hollywood will inevitably adapt it. Even some of King’s thinner works (no pun intended) have received the big-screen treatment. With so much output, it’s not really all that surprising that you get the occasional dud. Among these duds, Graveyard Shift remains one of the more forgotten King adaptations. The 1990 […]

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Beware of The Blob: Sixty Years Later

Audiences love a good creature feature. Whether it’s just regular sharks, aliens, or over-sized insects, we can’t get enough of big monsters destroying famous landmarks. Sixty years ago, teens crowded drive-in theaters to see one of Hollywood’s best creature-features – The Blob. It’s the perfect midnight movie and a testament to a way of film-making […]

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The Wolf Man: Hair of the Dog That Bit You

By the early 1940’s, the Universal Monsters and their respective franchises were losing steam. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisble Man were all into multiple sequel territory. Thus, in December 1941, Universal Studios opted to step outside classic literature, delivering a new monster movie classic – The Wolf Man. The move proved to be a success, extending […]

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Scream for Help Hit Blu-Ray Shelves Last Month

This is the first edition of the Blu-Ray Bin, a new column I hope to post once each month. My goal here is to provide some quick bullet-reviews of horror films recently released on Blu-ray. The column will serve as a round-up of what’s been released each month. Since this is the first edition of […]

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An American Werewolf in London: Book a Reservation for The Slaughtered Lamb

Werewolves are a staple of the horror genre. Yet unlike other horror monsters, lycanthropes haven’t enjoyed the same resurgence in popularity. In fact, it’s difficult picking out more than a small handful of decent werewolf flicks released in the last 20 years. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of classic literary roots. Or maybe it’s […]

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Devil’s Gate Gets Burned On Its Own Concept

The summer box office has been pretty hot for horror films with Hereditary, The First Purge, and The Meg heating things up. If you live in Canada, like I do, streaming options haven’t been nearly as generous. Maybe all the platforms are waiting for the fall to unleash their best horror options, but it’s been […]

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The Meg is Big, Dumb, and Forgettably Fun

It’s finally here. After months of anticipation and a marketing campaign as massive as its title creature, The Meg is in theatres. Based on the best-selling novel by Steve Alten, The Meg has generated considerable buzz since the project was first announced. Critical reception has been mixed to negative from critics. Audiences are unlikely to care. […]

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