Our House: Bland, Light Supernatural Scares Not Likely To Keep You Up At Night

Horror films are at their best when they touch on sensitive nerves. Jaws isn’t scary because it’s about a big man-eating shark. No, it’s scary because it plays on our fears of not knowing what’s lurking beneath us in the water. Likewise, haunted house movies scare us because they strip away the security we believe […]

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The Turning: Adaptation Turns the Screw on Audiences

British author Henry James published his Gothic novella, The Turn of the Screw, in 1898. Though Hollywood has adapted the source material several times, Jack Clayton’s 1961 movie The Innocents still stands as the definitive cinematic version. Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others isn’t really an adaptation, but it shares common DNA. Earlier in 2020, Universal Pictures […]

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Girl on the Third Floor: Indie Thriller Mortgages More Scares From Its Haunted House

Another haunted house movie starring a wrestler-turned-actor? That doesn’t sound like a recipe for a good indie horror movie. Nevertheless, Girl on the Third Floor impressed critics on the festival circuit. Now after slowly making its way to VOD services, Netflix has finally added this indie chiller to its horror menu. So is Girl on […]

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The Evil: Midnight Movie 70’s Supernatural Oddity

Following The Exorcist and The Omen’s successes, Hollywood abruptly attempted to cash in. In turn, several supernatural and/or Satanic-themed horror movies quickly found their way into theatres. There were box office successes, like The Amityville Horror, along with middling releases that included Burnt Offerings and The Sentinel. As horror rode this occult wave, a few […]

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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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The Haunting Remake: CGI Ghosts Can’t Conjure Up Scares

The ‘haunted house‘ is a staple of the horror genre. Vast hallways. Cobwebs. Creepy paintings. Eccentric caretakers. A bloody history of tragedy. These familiar tropes have coalesced into some eerily fantastic horror movies from The Innocents to The Amityville Horror to Poltergeist. Undoubtedly, one of the best haunted house movies is Robert Wise’s The Haunting. […]

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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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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 Amityville Murders: An Uninspired Trip Down Memory Lane

Maybe you’re heard of the the Amityville haunting? The DeFeo Family murders on Long Island, New York? Or the Lutz family’s paranormal encounters? If not, you may be the only person entertained by the latest movie based on the infamous case. Since Jay Anson published The Amityville Horror in 1977, horror filmmakers have made just […]

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