The Lodge: Unsettling Psychological Horror

Since its resurrection in the late 2000s, Hammer Films has quietly re-established itself in the horror genre. Though Blumhouse Productions has eclipsed the British studio in quantity and, arguably, overall quality, Hammer has a delivered a few memorable projects. Most notably, Let Me In and The Woman in Black were hallmarks of the studio’s atmospheric […]

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The Turning: Adaptation Turns the Screw on Audiences

British author Henry James published his Gothic novella, The Turn of the Screw, in 1898. Though Hollywood has adapted the source material several times, Jack Clayton’s 1961 movie The Innocents still stands as the definitive cinematic version. Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others isn’t really an adaptation, but it shares common DNA. Earlier in 2020, Universal Pictures […]

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The Dark Compass Directs Dracula Way Off Course

And it’s gone. Dracula built a lot of good will and potential over two episodes. And then Gatiss and Moffat went all Dracula AD on their story, staking that potential rather abruptly. Following its final episode, critics and fans alike expressed their discontent with the Netflix series creative choices. Indeed, Dracula’s unnecessary jump to a […]

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Eli on Netflix: Where Science and Religion Meet With Mediocre Results

With Netflix and Chills in full swing, the streaming giant finally gives horror fans a new chiller for the season. Though Paramount Pictures produced Eli, it declined to screen it in theatres. Instead, the studio offloaded the movie to Netflix for some reason. Whatever the reasoning, Eli’s trailer promises an intriguing mix of haunts, creepy […]

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Head Count: Indie Thriller Will Get In Your Head

Do you really know the people around you? What if your friend, or lover, wasn’t who you though they were anymore? That’s the simple premise driving Elle Callahan’s indie thriller, Head Count. It’s a premise that highly-regarded thrillers have used in the past, including The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Though Callahan’s Head […]

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Jordan Peele’s Us An Instant Horror Classic

Jordan Peele’s sophomore effort, Us, is easily one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2019. Released on March 22nd, Us kicks off what promises to be a hot wave of horror over the next several months. Horror fans can look forward to Pet Sematary, It: Chapter Two, The Curse of La Llorona, and the […]

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Triangle: A Hidden Gem For Fans of Twisting Thrillers

Before Happy Death Day incorporated time loops in its zany horror-comedy fusion, there was Christopher Smith’s Triangle. To date, Smith’s directorial credits include witty horror-comedy, Severance, and the underrated Black Death. But Triangle is an oddly forgotten gem in the British filmmaker’s resume. Spoiler alert – I like this movie. Scroll past my final rating […]

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Spinning Man Engages, But Never Quite Thrills

Netflix’s latest psychological thriller, Spinning Man, boasts some pedigree. The strong cast includes Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp, and Clark Gregg. An unrecognizable Jamie Kennedy even turns up in a small role. Less a ‘whodunnit’ and more of a dive into the fragility of memory and truth, Spinning Man clearly was shooting […]

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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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Bloody Ballet: A Bloody Mess Of Storytelling

Aside from camp counsellors, does anyone have it harder in horror than professional dancers? Ballet is an apparently brutal profession. And we’ve probably all heard that performers suffer for their craft. The latest straight-to-video psychological horror outing, Bloody Ballet, looks to tread some familiar ground. One part Black Swan, one part Suspiria, Bloody Ballet, or Fantasma, looks […]

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