The Reckoning: Witch-Hunt Plagued By Tonal Inconsistency

At the start of his career, Neil Marshall immediately turned heads with his first two feature length movies. His werewolf-meets-soldiers thriller, Dog Soldiers, is amongst the best werewolf movies ever made. And Marshall’s sophomore effort, The Descent, is one of the best horror movies of this century. Even Marshall’s period piece, Centurion, was an underappreciated […]

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The Cleansing Hour: There’s Still a Devil of a Good Time in Demonic Possession Subgenre

In what was its biggest year for original content, Shudder released Damien LeVeck’s The Cleansing Hour in October 2020. Audiences and critics in kind responded positively. Now if you’ve watched enough horror movies, there’s a better than average chance you’ve seen a demonic possession movie. Since The Exorcist shocked audiences in the 1970s, the horror […]

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Warlock: Only the Most Ardent 90s Horror Fans Will Fall Under Its Spell

As the 1980s gave way to the early 90s, horror was waning amongst audiences. The golden age of the slasher had come and gone. By 1991, audiences were more interested in stylish psychological thrillers in the vein of Sleeping with the Enemy or Cape Fear. And it was this cinematic atmosphere that welcomed Steve Miner’s […]

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Devil: Thriller Overcomes Story ‘Ups and Downs’

Before M Night Shyamalan rehabilitated his image with back-to-back successes in The Visit and Split, he hit rock-bottom with 2010’s The Last Airbender. Oh, Shyamalan would still drop one more bomb called After Earth. But the divisive filmmaker took a small step in the right direction by stepping back. Though the story wasn’t necessarily original, […]

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I Trapped the Devil: A Devilish Christmas Horror Movie

The Devil has proven to be a reliable go-to villain for horror movies. From the Satanic panic movies of the 1970’s to demonic possession flicks, Satan – whether as a physical entity or a psychological mechanism – is tried and true horror narrative. IFC Midnight release – and one of 2019’s better horror movies – […]

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Antrum: ‘Cursed’ Movie Takes You To Hell

Just over 20 years ago, The Blair Witch Project mixed ‘faux documentary’ movie-making with more traditional horror story-telling. Following its success, found-footage horror took over in the 2000’s. Indie horror offering, Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made, isn’t likely to have the same impact on the genre. After all, its gimmick – a cursed movie […]

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The Omen Remake: Devil of an Opportunity Wasted

During the remake-crazy 2000’s, Hollywood largely focused on 80’s slasher movie titles. Occasionally, studios have opted to re-imagine classic horror movies – a Dawn of the Dead or Suspiria. Another case in point was Warner Bros attempt to resurrect The Omen franchise. There was no Gregory Peck this time around, but The Omen remake had […]

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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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