Gehenna: Now Cursing Netflix

Promotional materials matter. For proof look no further than the posters for Gehenna: Where Death Lives. Its promotional posters call to mind some of the worst Grade-Z horror movies you can imagine. But the Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival gave Gehenna some love. So do we have a hidden gem on our hands? Or does Gehenna’s marketing […]

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The Crucifixion: True Story, Fake Scares

Exorcism-themed movies are so plentiful in horror that they’re practically their own subgenre. Don’t believe me. Check out Netflix’s current horror titles. I’m willing to bet there’s several movies with some possession story element. Veronica, Deliver Us From Evil, The Rite, The Taking of Deborah Logan, The Possession – they’re all still floating around Netflix. […]

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Insidious The Last Key: Haunted By Franchise Strain

Reviews for the latest Insidious installment have been less than kind. At the time of writing this review, the Tomatometer for Insidious: The Last Key was sitting at a ‘rotten’ 31%. Perhaps better than its 31% rating suggests, The Last Key is certainly ‘Exhibit A’ of the law of diminishing returns. Given that it’s now […]

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Sabrina: Demonic Doll, Not The Teenage Witch

No, not that Sabrina. Netflix expands its international horror offerings this week with Indonesian movie, Sabrina. And it’s not even about a witch. Instead Sabrina plays as part Annabelle, part Ouija, and part The Conjuring with some Truth or Dare mixed in for good measure. In a year that’s seen international horror movies like Veronica and May The Devil […]

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Haunted on Netflix: A Rock In Your Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Netflix boasts quite a selection of documentaries. Foodies have Chef’s Table and Ugly Delicious, both of which make cooking more fascinating than you could imagine. For the budding criminologists, there’s the addictive How to Make a Murderer. This past week, Netflix gifted horror fans with the horror docu-series, Haunted. But don’t get excited. As it […]

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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 films would surface in the early 2000’s. Yet Paranormal Activity was the true follow-up box office hit that cemented the found-footage approach […]

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Hell House LLC 2 Cordially Invites You Back to The Abaddon Hotel

As it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only holiday that encourages giving. With Halloween just over a month away, horror-streaming service Shudder surprised horror fans. Last week, Shudder debuted the surprise sequel to found-footage gem, Hell House LLC. The first film was a hidden gem that showed the found-footage format could still produce scares. With […]

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Mandy Mesmerizes With Dreamy Visuals and a Wild-Eyed Nicolas Cage

Italian-Canadian film director Panos Cosmatos waited awhile before following up his debut feature, Beyond the Black Rainbow. Based on the buzz his latest release, Mandy, generated at the Sundance Film Festival, it was worth the wait. Considered a mix of surrealist horror and action, Mandy has steadily built anticipation based on its trailers and word-of-mouth. […]

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The Nun Trades Atmosphere For Dumb Popcorn Scares

After months of anticipation and a lean marketing campaign, The Nun finally hit theatres across North America this week. The fifth film in the hugely successful The Conjuring universe, The Nun is currently tracking for the best box office opening in the franchise. Unfortunately, critics don’t have much nice to say on Rotten Tomatoes – The Nun […]

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Devil’s Gate Gets Burned On Its Own Concept

The summer box office has been pretty hot for horror films with Hereditary, The First Purge, and The Meg heating things up. If you live in Canada, like I do, streaming options haven’t been nearly as generous. Maybe all the platforms are waiting for the fall to unleash their best horror options, but it’s been […]

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