The Prodigy Gets a B for Scares, D for Originality

Recently revived Orion Pictures released The Prodigy earlier this year. Tucked in between Escape Room and Happy Death Day 2U, Nicholas McCarthy’s ‘creepy kids’ horror movie scraped together just enough to turn a profit. Think of it as a supernatural variation on 2009’s Orphan. But with so many ‘bad seeds in horror, is The Prodigy […]

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Black Summer – Summer School Gets a Passing Grade

Black Summer’s ongoing narrative continues in Episode 3, which is entitled Summer School. As its title implies, Summer School finds the mysterious Spears along with Rose, Ryan, and Lance, seeking shelter in what appears to be an abandoned school. Of course, this is a dystopian zombie series so you probably assume the school isn’t all […]

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Pet Sematary Remake Proves Sometimes Dead is Better

And so the Stephen King renaissance continues. Though there’s been the odd misstep, Gerald’s Game and the It remake reminded us how much we missed Stephen King horror movies. Aside from the next chapter of It, Pet Sematary has been one of the more hotly anticipated King adaptations. Yet questionable marketing decisions and lukewarm critical […]

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We Have Your ‘80’s Nostalgia, Outlander: Children of the Corn Turns 35

Vampires, werewolves, zombies, clowns …. and middle-school kids. Almost an entire subgenre of horror itself, ‘creepy kid’ movies have been kicking around since The Bad Seed in 1956. Not surprisingly, ‘Master of Horror’ Stephen King has penned his fair share of terrible tykes. In 1984, King adapted short story, Children of the Corn from his […]

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Malicious Can’t Conjure Up Insidious Scares

Netflix’s slate of middle-of-the-road supernatural thrillers is getting full. Writer and director Michael Winnick’s Malicious joins Mara, The Crucifixion, Dementia 13, and Gehenna, among others. With so many haunting’s, possessions, and paranormal investigations, can Malicious do enough to distinguish itself? Synopsis Math professor, Adam, and his pregnant wife, Lisa, start a new job at a […]

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Pet Sematary: A King Adaptation In Need of a Remake

This will likely be an unpopular opinion. I’m not a fan of the 1990 It mini-series. Aside from Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, I thought It was a miscast and watered down version of Stephen King’s novel. Last fall, I wrote a piece about Stephen King film adaptations that would benefit from a remake. Without […]

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The Best of 2018: Top 10 Horror Movies of the Year

Contrary to a certain controversial article, it was another good year for horror movies. From high-concept studio offerings, franchise reboots, to daring indie projects, 2018 had a little something for everyone. So as we prepare to ring in 2019, it’s time to survey my Top 10 Horror Movies unleashed this past year. Before I dive […]

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Malevolent Is Scary, But Never as Scary As Its Own Illogical Story

Netflix’s track record for horror and thrillers is pretty spotty in 2018. Ritual was an early hit for the streaming platform, but The Open House and The Cloverfield Paradox were forgettable duds. As Halloween creeps up on the calendar, Netflix is looking to make amends. Over the next few weeks, horror fans have The Haunting of Hill House […]

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Believe the Hype: Hereditary Is Destined to Be a Classic

Aside from the upcoming Halloween sequel, there was perhaps no other horror film more anticipated than Hereditary. By the way, Hereditary is director Ari Aster’s debut feature length effort – an impressive feat. The first trailer for Hereditary was absolutely chilling, promising one of the more intense horror experiences in recent memory. As initial reviews […]

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The House That Dripped Blood A Minor Entry in British Horror

Anthology films in the horror genre have cycled in and out of style over the decades. Amicus Productions, for instance, was largely built around anthology films in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The success of Creepshow spawned a few attempts at re-visiting the anthology film in the 1980’s. And in the last decade, horror fans have […]

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