Interview with the Vampire a Visually Stunning, Narratively Dour Tale

Today, prestige (or elevated) horror is synonymous with A24 (Green Knight, Midsommar, Saint Maud). When someone mentions an A24 horror movie, we think of quiet, understated psychological horror. But in the 1990s, Interview with the Vampire was prestige horror. And horror didn’t get any bigger than Neil Jordan’s adaptation of Anne Rice’s best-selling novel. With […]

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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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The Banishing: British Haunted House Can’t Sustain Its Scares

Not to be outdone by The Conjuring’s use of historical hauntings, British haunted house thriller The Banishing rips its subject from the history books. The Borley Rectory, upon which The Banishing loosely bases its story, is Britain’s Amityville Horror. With its large Gothic structure, Downton Abbey period setting, and stately British accents, The Banishing promises […]

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Less Gothic Horror, More Shakespeare in the Park

Following Francis Ford Coppola’s successful updating of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, it’s not surprising that Hollywood would go back to the same grave … or well. After all, this was the same decade that gave us two volcano movies and two killer asteroid movies. And so Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was pegged for a glossy, big budget […]

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Castle Freak: A Lovecraft Fixer-Upper

Horror movie fans know Stephen King’s work. To date, Hollywood has adapted the vast majority of King’s literary output. Even some of his less substantial short stories have made the jump to the big screen. Comparatively, Hollywood hasn’t given the same attention to HP Lovecraft’s legendary work. Lovecraft film adaptations are few and far between. […]

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Dracula, Prince of Darkness: Resurrecting the Best of the Hammer Horror Series

Blumhouse Productions rules horror today. In the 1930’s and 1940’s, Universal Studios reigned with their monster lineup. But from mid-1950’s to the early 1970’s, Hammer Film Productions dominated the horror genre. The British studio made international stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. While Hammer Films rolled out dozens of Gothic horror titles, it was […]

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Roger Corman: A Selection of the B-Movie Master’s Best Work

Legendary director and producer Roger Corman’s career spans several decades. From 1954 to the early 1970’s, Corman directed over 50 movies. Today, he’s still producing feature length films. His low-budget approach aesthetics played a significant role in the growth of the indie movie scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Like William Castle, Roger Corman cut […]

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Salem’s Lot An Underappreciated King Adaptation

Vampires are a horror staple. They have been since Bela Lugosi brought Dracula to life in the Universal Monsters classic. So of course horror’s undisputed master would have to pen a vampire story, right? In fact, Salem’s Lot was Stephen King’s second major novel. Four years after King published it, horror maverick Tobe Hooper adapted […]

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