Bad Ben: DIY Found-Footage Haunts Familiar Ground

Cannibal Holocaust introduced the idea of ‘found-footage’. Nearly 20 years later, The Blair Witch Project fully embraced the concept. And when Paranormal Activity replaced the Saw franchise as the annual Halloween tradition, the found-footage horror (FFH) was officially its own subgenre. Though over-saturation has led to FFH fizzling out, hidden gems occasionally surface. Nigel Bach’s […]

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They’re Here: Poltergeist A Perfect Suburban Nightmare

The ‘haunted house’ movie is a staple of the horror genre. From The Uninvited and The Haunting to the more recent Insidious, each generation of horror fans can claim their own classic. For 80’s kids, Poltergeist was our haunted house classic. The 1982 movie brought together an impressive collection of talent. Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw […]

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The Super Maintains Enough Scares to Keep You Watching

Last year around this time, Delirium was the middle-of-the-road supernatural offering of choice on Netflix. Now, another supernatural-themed VOD movie, The Super, is poised to find an audience on Netflix. While Delirium had Topher Grace, The Super ups the ante with Val Kilmer. But what Val Kilmer will we get? Is it a ‘Tombstone‘ Kilmer […]

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Malicious Can’t Conjure Up Insidious Scares

Netflix’s slate of middle-of-the-road supernatural thrillers is getting full. Writer and director Michael Winnick’s Malicious joins Mara, The Crucifixion, Dementia 13, and Gehenna, among others. With so many haunting’s, possessions, and paranormal investigations, can Malicious do enough to distinguish itself? Synopsis Math professor, Adam, and his pregnant wife, Lisa, start a new job at a […]

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The Fog is Murky Fun from John Carpenter

Thirty-nine years ago, on Feb. 8 1980, legendary horror film director, John Carpenter, released The Fog, his follow-up to Halloween (1978). A minor hit at the box-office (Box Office Mojo, n.d.), The Fog hasn’t received the same affection as other Carpenter films. Halloween is rightly held up as a classic of the horror genre. Over […]

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Ghost Ship: Does This Supernatural Chiller Sink or Swim?

Somewhere between New Line Cinemas and Blumhouse Productions, Dark Castle Entertainment shone briefly as horror king. Named after horror master William Castle, the studio was created with the purpose of remaking his classic movies. Within just a few years, Dark Castle produced remakes of 13 Ghosts, The House on Haunted Hill, and House of Wax. […]

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Doom Room: ‘Doomed’ By Familiarity

Among a small handful of new indie horror hitting streaming platforms this week, Doom Room arguably boasts the most intriguing premise. Writer and director Jon Keeyes sets his provocative thriller in what’s largely a single room. Doom Room also stars fan favourite ‘Scream Queen’ Debbie Rochon. Alternately titled Nightmare Box, it looks like this is […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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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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Silence Lay Steadily: Hill House Takes Us Into the Belly of the Beast

So we’ve finally arrived – the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House. No more character-centric episodes. All roads have brought us to the ‘Red Room’. There are so many questions lingering as we go into this last episode. So what does Mike Flanagan have in store for us. Silence Lay Steadily’s cold open […]

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