Room 203 Evicts an Intriguing Premise for Supernatural Tropes

If you’ve watched enough horror movies, one thing – among many others – you’ll learn is that a gaping hole never goes anywhere good. More often than not, they just lead to Hell or other nasty inter-dimensional places. Whether it’s holes in the ground (The Gate, The Hole in the Ground) or holes in the […]

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Blood Conscious An Uneven Mix of Paranoia and Social Commentary

Do you know your neighbours? Your friends? Family? Good horror movies tap into basic fears that transcend time periods. From Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Thing to The Invitation, paranoia has made for fertile ground in the horror genre. One of the strengths of the premise is its malleability. That is, good filmmakers […]

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Fallen Tests The Faith of Even the Most Devout Horror Fans

No, not that Fallen. This isn’t that Denzel Washington “police procedural meets evil” from the 1990s. Not even close. Rather this 2022 Fallen is a an Italian export that recently made its way to some VOD platforms. With no advance buzz and few reviews, what we have are promotional materials that promise very different things. […]

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Paranormal Activity: Ranking the Found-Footage Franchise

Cannibal Holocaust introduced grindhouse fans to the found-footage format. Two decades later, The Blair Witch Project took the format mainstream with its pre-viral marketing campaign and pseudo-documentary approach. A handful of found-footage horror movies would surface in the early 2000’s. Yet Paranormal Activity was the true follow-up box office hit that cemented the approach as […]

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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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The Sentinel a (Justifiably) Forgotten 70s Occult Thriller

Arguably, the 1970s was one of the best decades for horror. As censorship and content standards relaxed, the horror genre – and movies in general – experimented with style and subject. It was also a decade where public interest in the occult hit a peak. Following on the heels of 1960s counterculture, new age movements […]

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Demonic: Latest Possession Thriller Wastes a Novel Premise

Here we go, another demonic possession movie. So far 2021 has already given us The Unholy, The Seventh Day, The Conjuring III: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Separation. There truly is no rest for the wicked. But when the subgenre is done well it’s given us some of horror’s most memorable classics. And […]

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The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It: Mostly Satisfying Sequel Possesses Enough Scares For Fans

Since The Conjuring haunted theatres in 2013, its shared universe of sequels and spin-offs has carved out a lucrative box office franchise. While Annabelle: Creation and Annabelle Comes Homes nearly approached the main movies’ quality, the spin-offs have been mixed. Neither The Nun nor The Curse of La Llorona impressed critics or audiences. But The […]

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