Séance Channels Several Styles With Underwhelming Results

As a screenwriter, Simon Barrett has put together some impressive credentials. Though it’s largely gone unseen, Barrett’s first writing credit, the supernatural western Dead Birds, was a decent little movie. Over the last decade, Barrett has collaborated with horror director Adam Wingard on You’re Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch. With Wingard branching off into […]

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No One Gets Out Alive Kicks Off Netflix and Chills

And as we head into October, it’s time for Halloween movie nights. Maybe you’ll tune in to AMC’s FearFest or hunker down with Shudder. Or perhaps you’ll settle for some Netflix and Chills. Aside from familiar old titles and some hotly anticipated new ones (Midnight Mass, There’s Someone Inside Your House), Netflix has already quietly […]

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Ghosts of Mars: Too Campy Or Not Campy Enough?

Nobody’s perfect. Even the best have an off-day once in a while. Critics and horror fans alike regard John Carpenter as one of the genre’s greatest filmmakers. Certainly, the praise is well placed. Carpenter’s filmography includes bona fide classics – Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York. And his smaller movies – Assault on […]

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Aftermath Is An Afterthought Based On A Better Movie

‘Based on a true story’ may be one of the more overused horror movie tropes. Of course, the expression really means ‘loosely based’ or ‘sort of inspired by’. If you’re a believer in the paranormal then maybe there was a haunting in Amityville though it likely didn’t include Rod Steiger chewing the scenery. And there […]

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The Call Dials a Wrong Number for Horror Fans

And with Shudder’s latest exclusive release, The Call, the horror platform embraces a popular and recent horror trend – the 1980’s. A growing number of horror movies have either imitated that 80’s VHS aesthetic or set their story right in the slasher decade. Netflix series Stranger Things may have kicked off this recent love affair […]

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Ghost Story an Early 80s Supernatural Horror Lost in the Slasher Era

Peter Straub is a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author. The Talisman – co-authored with Stephen King – is a classic. And Black House was another excellent collaboration between the two authors. To date, however, Straub’s work has rarely made it to the big screen. In fact, Hollywood has only adapted one Straub novel into a […]

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Gothika: Flawed But Fun Dark Castle Entertainment Offering

Poor Halle Berry. Following her Oscar win for Monster’s Ball, she found herself in some truly awful duds. Obviously, Catwoman was the most notable turkey. After all, Catwoman did “win” several Golden Raspberry Awards. But Dark Tide and A Perfect Stranger weren’t particularly memorable either. And then there was supernatural thriller, Gothika. The fourth Dark […]

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Things Heard & Seen: Netflix Feature Struggles to Scare Its Disparate Genres Together

While Shudder has stepped up its distribution of older and original horror content, Netflix continues to be fickle on the genre. To date, the streaming giant hasn’t unveiled much in the way of original horror offerings in 2021. Now its latest release, Things Heard & Seen, promises some pedigree for their horror menu. Based on […]

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