March 12, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Even before Jaws changes the box office rules forever, eco-horror was a somewhat popular horror subgenre in the 1970s. Frogs, Phase IV, and Night of the Lepus found nature in a foul mood with humanity. And technically, Jaws isn’t really an eco-horror in its narrative design. But Spielberg’s classic killer shark movie inspired a host […]
February 5, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
As Avatar: The Way of Water continues to chug along at the box office, James Cameron has now directed three of the five highest growing movies of all time. Certainly, it’s an impressive feat that confirms few filmmakers understand better than Cameron how to create visual spectacle. Before he was immersing audiences on Pandora or […]
August 19, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Things are slowly returning to normal at the box office. Maybe it’s not completely ‘back to business’. But the current movie release schedule certainly look like mid- to late-August. If you need some proof look no further than Universal Pictures’ latest release, the Idris Elba-starring survival thriller, Beast. It’s another late summer round of ‘when […]
May 23, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Few movies can claim to have the impact of Jaws. In addition to scaring people away from the beach, Steven Spielberg re-defined blockbuster movie-making. And yes, Jaws had a pretty adverse effect on the shark population. Though eco-horror movies were around before its release, Jaws predictably triggered a wave of killer animal movies. It didn’t […]
July 1, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
As 2021 strides into its latter half, South African eco-horror Gaia makes it way onto VOD platforms. Neither the country nor the director, Jaco Bouwer, have much horror experience under their belts. But critics have been impressed with Gaia’s story of a park ranger running afoul of survivalists and something else in the woods. Similar […]
April 4, 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
If you didn’t know, animals can be pretty scary. Zoophobia refers to the general fear of animals. Not surprisingly, horror movies have exploited the more obvious choices. Are you afraid of spiders? If so, you’re not alone. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders and several horror movies have dangled these eight-legged beasts into our laps. […]
March 23, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Happy National Puppy Day! Since 2006 we’ve set aside March 23 to celebrate our furry friends, big and small. After all, dog is man’s best friend. That is, unless you fancy yourself to be a cat person. While ‘killer dogs’ fall under the larger ‘killer animal‘ movie umbrella, there’s certainly a handful of movies where […]
June 15, 2020.Reading time 7 minutes.
As a director and producer, Roger Corman has amassed a massive filmography over his career. He was a master of low-budget, independent B-movie’s. Corman also kickstarted the careers of quite a few famous filmmakers and actors. But when you trade in low budget, exploitative fare, occasionally, you miss the mark. Exhibit A – the 1980 […]