March 14, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
If case you haven’t noticed – or been on Twitter lately – but most of us aren’t getting along these days. Americans are deeply divided along political party lines making holiday dinners something of a bloodsport. And Canadians aren’t immune from these fissures as evidenced by last year’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ protests. Plenty of horror movies […]
February 17, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Belief can be a powerful – and frightening – thing. In part, belief is what makes cults both compelling and the kind of subject matter ripe for horror movies. The charming and manipulative cult leader, apocalyptic visions, and self-destructive tendencies that characterize cults have produced real-life atrocities that have made their way into dozens of […]
January 10, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Following the box office success of Conan the Barbarian, the early 80s saw a slew of low-budget action movies that mixed ‘sword-and-sandal’ epic with weird science fiction vibes. If you grew up in the 80s, you probably remember cult movies like Krull, The Sword and the Sorcerer, or The Ice Pirates. If you look at […]
March 1, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
February is officially over and we’ve moved onto March, with spring just around the corner. And several new horror movies make their way to various streaming and VOD platforms this week. Amongst this crop of new releases. Hell is Empty promises to take audiences into a small cult of sister-wives under the spell of a […]
December 23, 2021.Reading time 10 minutes.
Since its resurrection in the late 2000s, Hammer Films has quietly re-established itself in the horror genre. Though Blumhouse Productions has eclipsed the British studio in quantity and, arguably, overall quality, Hammer has a delivered a few memorable projects. Most notably, Let Me In and The Woman in Black were hallmarks of the studio’s atmospheric […]
October 29, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Though it’s hard to believe, nearly 15 years have passed since Paranormal Activity rode a brilliant marketing plan en route to massive box office success. If The Blair Witch Project introduced mainstream audiences to the found-footage format, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity solidified it as a bankable horror subgenre. Five sequels follow over the next eight […]
July 15, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Out of the blue, Netflix suddenly seems vaguely interested in horror again. From the outset of July, the streaming giant has released the the two Fear Street movies with the third due this Friday. And viewership numbers seem to support this creative direction. Grace: The Possession, Oxygen, the Black Summer series, and Army of the […]
March 29, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Over the last several years, we’ve witnessed folk horror make a quiet comeback. Ben Wheatley’s Kill List, Robert Egger’s The Witch, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and Gareth Evans’ The Apostle – horror is chasing The Wicker Man’s atmosphere. And no, not The Wicker Man with Nicolas Cage running around in a bear suit. Now pagan cult […]