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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The Haunting of Hill House: Ep 3 – Touch

The Haunting of Hill House’s third episode, Touch, is a Theo-centric episode. To date, Theo has probably had the least amount of screen time. Played by Kate Siegel, who previously starred in Mike Flanagan’s Hush, Theo is the child psychologist and Crain family member who seemingly always wears gloves. The Past So far in The […]

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The House on Haunted Hill: Dare To Spend An Evening With This Remake?

Legendary director and producer William Castle was the master of gimmicks. Most of his work was cheesy, low budget B-films. But Castle filmed and marketed his productions with a childlike enthusiasm. As a result, Castle’s movies have retained much of their charms in spite of the passing years. One of Castle’s best movies was The […]

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Hell House LLC Scares New Life out of Found Footage

Hell House LLC probably suffered somewhat from audience burnout with found-footage horror (FFH). Despite a release almost two years ago to most VOD-streaming platforms, Stephen Cognetti’s fun little horror film has largely languished in obscurity. I saw it for the first time last fall and was pleasantly surprised. With a Shudder-exclusive sequel released earlier this […]

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The Nun Trades Atmosphere For Dumb Popcorn Scares

After months of anticipation and a lean marketing campaign, The Nun finally hit theatres across North America this week. The fifth film in the hugely successful The Conjuring universe, The Nun is currently tracking for the best box office opening in the franchise. Unfortunately, critics don’t have much nice to say on Rotten Tomatoes – The Nun […]

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Event Horizon: A Criminally Under-Appreciated Gem

Everyone has that movie that they absolutely love, only to be shocked when they discover that critics hated it. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon is that movie for me. Released on August 15, 1997, critics generally hated this sci-fi/horror film. Audiences just collectively shrugged their shoulders – it was a box office dud. But I’m […]

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