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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Ju-On: Origins – Episode 1 Finds New Scares in Old Real Estate

With the What We Do In the Shadows and Creepshow adapted series enjoying success, it’s not surprising streaming platforms would start scouring horror intellectual properties for their next potential hit. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine there was much demand to re-visit the Ju-On franchise. Both the original Ju-On and its original remake are decent if […]

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Warning – Do Not Play: Shudder’s Meta “movie-Within-a-Movie” Packs Scares

Horror movies that blur the line between fiction and reality are nothing new. John Carpenter pulled it off with In The Mouth of Madness. Before he succeeded with Scream, Wes Craven did meta-horror with his New Nightmare. At the end of the century, The Blair Witch Project blurred lines between reality and entertainment with their […]

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Pulse: Remake Hits ALT-CTRL-DEL on American J-Horror Remakes

Japanese horror, particularly during the aughts, set a high bar for horror movie creepiness. In the late 1990s, Hideo Nakata and Takashi Miike gave us Ringu and Audition, respectively. Only a few years later, Nakata followed up Ringu with one of the better supernatural horror movies that decade – Dark Water. Like Nakata’s Ringu, Kiyoshi […]

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Stir of Echoes: Kevin Bacon “Sees Dead People”

Across the board, the year 1999 was a great one for movies. Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Magnolia, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Matrix – all movies that still hold up today. And for horror fans, The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project – both genre classics – hit […]

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