Friday the 13th: How to Resurrect the Franchise

Like it or not, the 2010’s are ending with no new Friday the 13th movie. This will be the first decade without a franchise entry since the original movie debuted in 1980. For those keeping count, a decade has passed since the 2009 remake. After countless onscreen deaths and resurrections, all it took was a […]

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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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Horror Franchises: Ten of the Best Movie Series in the Genre

They’re a Hollywood staple. Call them franchises or, the more en vogue term, ‘shared universes’. If you don’t have one, you want one. Already have one – develop more of them. Aside from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros has their DC Extended Universe and the MonsterVerse. But the horror genre has always had franchises […]

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AHS 1984 Welcomes You To Camp Redwood

Like Saw movies in the 2000’s, a new season of American Horror Story has become a fall tradition this decade. Since its debut in 2011, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s horror anthology series has entertained and polarized fans. Across its eight seasons, American Horror Story (AHS) has roller-coaster’ed in terms of quality. From the good […]

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Friday the 13th: Ranking the Films from Worst to First

Happy Friday the 13th, horror fans! For the last several years, every Friday the 13th, I pull out my Blu-ray collection and attempt a Friday the 13th film marathon. To date, I have never managed to get through all 12 films. Hopefully, Friday the 13th, 2018, will be different. At least this year, I will […]

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Doomed at Camp Blood: Ranking Friday the 13th’s Deaths

Regardless of its critical reception, Friday the 13th is one of the most influential horror movies produced. While ‘Camp Blood’ didn’t create the slasher subgenre, it certainly crystallized the distinctly 80’s approach to horror. Sequels and remakes spanning three decades, cross-over media, a video game, and fan-made movies – few horror franchises can claim this […]

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April Fool’s Day: Get in on the Joke

By 1986, the ‘golden age’ of the slasher movie was coming to a close. Sure the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, kept pushing out more sequels. An the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres. But the peak of the glory years had past. April Fool’s Day was one of the […]

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Friday the 13th: A Retrospective Look At The Remake After 10 Years

Has it really been a decade? Times flies by fast. Or maybe it’s just knowing that this will be the first decade without a Friday the 13th movie since the original. Indeed, it’s been 10 years since Jason Voorhees slashed his away across a movie screen. And the last time we saw him it was […]

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The Final Girl: Five Best Examples in Friday the 13th

Today, horror fans are pretty familiar with the concept of the ‘Final Girl’. Following Wes Craven’s post-modern Scream , slasher films have increasingly adopted a meta approach. In fact, horror movies openly acknowledge the ‘Final Girl’ trope. Little seen and underrated Cherry Falls flipped the convention by having its killer targeting virgins. Cult classic Behind the […]

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School’s Out: Best Summer Horror Films

Summer is finally here! Classes are coming to an end. The days are longer. Somewhere a sandy beach is calling your name. Maybe you can already smell that burning campfire. To celebrate the first day of summer, in this edition of The Chopping Block, I take a look at some of the better summer-themed horror […]

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