The Green Inferno: A Main Course For Gorehounds Only

Aside from Rob Zombie, few current horror filmmakers understand exploitation cinema like Eli Roth. From his debut Cabin Fever to his ‘Torture Porn’ contribution Hostel, Roth has a penchant for gut-wrenching violence. Yet Roth’s homage to the cannibal exploitation subgenre, Green Inferno, struggled to find an audience. Critics were even less impressed. Was it the […]

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Maniac: From Grindhouse to Art-House Horror

William Lustig’s splatter exploitation film, Maniac, remains one of the more controversial horror movies from the 1980’s. It never quite reached the levels of infamy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Nevertheless, Maniac found its way onto the United Kingdom’s Video Nasties List. Critics have alternately accused the movie as tasteless, misogynistic, or both. Among the […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Ho Ho … Hold the Controversy

Silent Night, Deadly Night boasts a history shared by few ’80’s horror films. Arguably its infamy far outreaches its quality. At its best, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a sleazy B-movie that hits the ‘so bad, it’s good’ switch. Many horror fans may just consider it plain bad. But when this Christmas chiller was released […]

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The Devil’s Rejects: Even Hell Wouldn’t Have Them

Metal maestro Rob Zombie has a somewhat checkered history as a horror filmmaker. Critics complained that House of 1000 Corpses was too derivative. His Halloween remake was half of a good movie and the sequel’s ugliness overpowered some of its more interesting ideas. But The Devil’s Rejects marked the first time that Zombie flirted with critical acceptance. […]

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High Tension Puts the ‘Extreme’ in ‘New French Extremity’

Coinciding with the American ‘Torture Porn‘ movement in the early to mid-2000’s, the ‘New French Extremity’ subgenre, a term coined by scholar Alexandra West, re-acquainted horror fans with levels of gore and violence missing from theater screens since the early 1980’s. The New French Extremism was an eclectic collection of disparate films that were part […]

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Are You Ready to Upgrade (2018) Tomorrow?

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions look to tighten their grasp over the horror corner of the box office this Friday. While Truth or Dare received tepid reviews, it still grossed just north of $40 million on a tiny $3.5 million production budget earlier in April (Box Office Mojo, nd). Later this year Blumhouse is set […]

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Revenge Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on Its Head

The rape-revenge thriller has a controversial place within the larger horror genre. Films like The Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave courted controversy way back in the 1970’s. While both of these films have been remade in the last decade, critical attention on sexual violence in media has only intensified. […]

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The Hills Have Eyes Invites You to the Summer’s First Long Weekend

For Canadians it’s officially the first long weekend of the summer. Hundreds of parents will be herding their kids into cars to brave traffic and black flies for a relaxing cottage weekend. At some point, a father will threaten to turn the car around. And 30 minutes into the trip someone will announce that they […]

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Nicolas Cage Goes ‘Full Cage’ in Mom and Dad

Once upon a time, Nicolas Cage was an Oscar-winning actor. And for a brief moment in time, Cage was a bankable box office action hero. Yet since the ill-advised The Wicker Man remake, Cage has become better known for being an Internet meme sensation. Recently though Cage has found some limited success with exploitation fare […]

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