Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Borrows The Franchise Title For a New Direction

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 […]

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A Classic Horror Story Maybe Takes Its Title Too Seriously

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 […]

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Sacrilege: British Pagan Cult Horror Unlikely To Recruit Many Followers

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 […]

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Son: Child-Snatching Cult Thriller Offers Decent Scares

Since the Manson Family murders shocked a nation in the late 1960s, cults have peaked the public’s curiosity and fear. At any given time, Netflix has at least one documentary on cults available to stream. Recent stories of the Nxivm sex cult crept into the headline over the last couple of years. Both horror movies […]

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1BR – Psychological Thriller Sublets Some UnnervinG Horror

Horror is often most potent when it touches a nerve. Yes, jolts and jumps make for good popcorn horror. But when a movie pulls back the curtain on social anxiety or ill, it has the power to disturb. By now most of us have heard somewhere that millennials will be the first generation to fare […]

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Lord of Illusions: Clive Barker’s Underrated Supernatural Noir

Though Stephen King is still the ‘Master of Horror’, Clive Barker is an undeniably unique voice in the literary genre. And as a filmmaker, Barker’s directorial efforts are marked improvements over King’s one-shot directing gig, Maximum Overdrive. Behind the camera, Barker directed both Hellraiser and Nightbreed, both uniquely classic additions to horror. After Nightbreed failed […]

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Cult of Personality: 10 Horror Movies About Cults

When police arrested Charles Manson and his “Family” members for the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, it triggered a public fascination with cults that has endured. Never a genre to miss an opportunity, cult-themed horror movies began popping up almost immediately in the early 1970s. One of the 2019’s worst movies, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, […]

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The Lodge: Unsettling Psychological Horror

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 […]

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