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 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, including The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Though Callahan’s Head Count leans closer to […]

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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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Seven in Heaven: Worse Than a Game of ‘Spin the Bottle’

Blumhouse Productions must have its own version of ‘Santa’s Workshop’ hidden away somewhere. I can almost see a secret army of filmmakers and writers toiling around the clock to produce an endless stream of cheap horror films. Case in point – new teen horror film, Seven in Heaven. Blumhouse unceremoniously dumped Seven in Heaven today […]

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The Houses October Built 2: A Sequel That Should Have Stayed Buried

The Houses October Built was a 2014 found-footage horror film that carved out a small following for itself. Despite mixed reviews, it was a decent chiller that delivered just enough unsettling mood without exhausting its found-footage approach. Like Hell House LLC and Hell Fest, writer and director Bobby Roe effectively exploited growing public interest in Halloween […]

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Diane Mixes Crime and Horror Genres to Haunting Effect

Writer and director Michael Mognillo’s latest film, Diane, is a daring mix of genres. It’s part horror film, part psychological thriller, and part crime genre. Diane is an example of ambitious storytelling on a shoestring budget. Though it had a limited released in 2017, Diane is just turning up on VOD-streaming platforms. Synopsis Disabled war […]

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