The Twin a Creepy, Occasionally Scary Thriller That Shares Too Much DNA With Other Creepy Kid Movies

Last week, Shudder released its latest original production, The Twin to mixed reactions. From Finnish director Taneli Mustonen, who gave us the underrated 2016 slasher Lake Bodom, The Twin looks to tread some familiar ground. We’ve seen plenty of creepy kid (Children of the Corn, The Children) and demonic offspring (The Omen) movies. Even horror […]

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The Cellar: Haunted House Horror Doesn’t Add Up To Many Scares

Do you know what’s scarier than creepy old houses? Cellars of creepy old houses. Horror has no shortage of haunted house movies. And plenty of bad things in horror movies happen in dank cellars. Don’t Breathe. The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring. There’s even scary movies with ‘cellar’ or ‘basement’ right in the title. The Basement. […]

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Night’s End Can’t Quite Deliver On A Strong Opening

As 2022 marches on, Shudder continues to serve as one of the best streaming platforms for more obscure titles and smaller, new horror releases. With March winding down and April just around the corner, Shudder’s latest release, Night’s End, marks Jennifer Reeder’s (V/H/S/94) latest feature-length horror effort. Its story of a reclusive man rebuilding his […]

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The Sword and the Sorcerer a Run-of-the-Mill, But Fun, Foray Into Fantasy

For a brief period in the 1980s, sword and sandal fantasy movies ruled video store shelves. While Clash of the Titans recalled 60s and 70s swashbucklers like Jason and the Argonauts and the Sinbad series, Conan the Barbarian was a pulpier, violent epic. Following Conan’s box office success, film studios rushed to capitalize with their […]

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The Slayer Overcomes Low Budget With Surrealist Atmosphere

We’re digging deep into the 80s horror library for this edition of The Obscuratorium. In total, the United Kingdom added 72 movies – mostly from the horror genre – to their ‘Video Nasties‘ list. This was part of a moral panic that saw sweeping hysteria over the perceived corrupting effect of horror on youth. Just […]

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On The Third Day of Christmas: Krampus Sees You While You’re Sleeping

Apparently, quite a few Krampus movies exist out in wild. No, the number of these anti-Santa Claus movies doesn’t quite approach the volume of poorly made Bigfoot movies. Without exception, these movies are uniformly terrible – rip-offs of the one and only Krampus movie that matters. Several years ago Legendary Pictures teamed with Michael Dougherty […]

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Grace: The Possession – POV Approach Can’t Exorcise Its Generic Story

Another week, another demonic possession movie on Netflix. Like haunted house movies, the demonic possession or exorcism movie is something like comfort food for horror fans. It may also have something to do with the fact that these movies tap into very basic fears about good and evil. Though it’s several years old, Grace: The […]

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The Djinn Warns You To Be Careful What You Wish For

While vampire folklore is common in horror, the djinn, or jinn, has made scant appearances. If you grew up in the 90s and love B-movies, there’s a good chance you enjoyed Wishmaster. But the low-budget monster movie, and its three straight-to-video sequels, didn’t offer the evil genie much of a spotlight. Persian horror movie Under […]

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