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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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 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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A Boy’s Best Friend is His Mother: Horror’s Worst Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day! Every year we take one day to honour those special women that raised and molded us into the people we are today. Horror films, however, thrive by letting fear and darkness into corners where we normally feel safe. Here, in the world of horror films, you’ll find mothers for which not even […]

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Rock N’ Roll Can Never Die: Five Perfect Uses of Rock in Horror Scenes

Rock and roll was transgressive stuff when it hit airwaves in the 1950s. Perhaps then it makes sense that rock music and the horror genre would make such suitable bedfellows. For a genre that relies so heavily on audience mood and feeling, picking just the right song can take a fairly standard moment and turn […]

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