The Owners: British Home Invasion Falls Just Short of ‘Hidden Gem’ Status

Since Audrey Hepburn fought off violent criminals in 1967’s Wait Until Dark, the home-invasion thriller has been a staple of horror. From Straw Dogs to The Strangers, Hollywood has exploited the suburban nightmare of ‘others’ invading the domestic sphere. And just when the subgenre was losing steam, a handful of filmmakers found ways to subvert […]

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Becky: Home Alone Meets Brutal 80’s Exploitation Thriller

A revenge-thriller featuring Kevin James as an escaped neo-Nazi convict doesn’t sound appealing. Yes, the Kevin James of not one, but two, Paul Blart movies. Nowadays the former King of Queens star is better known for hanging out with his buddies on Happy Madison Productions‘ movies. But earlier this year, Adam Sandler reminded audiences he […]

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Knock Knock: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Following on the heels of his cannibal exploitation redux, Green Inferno, Eli Roth released another ode to 1970s cinema – Knock Knock. While the movies were available within weeks of one another, they couldn’t be more different. The former was clearly more in Roth’s wheelhouse – a grotesque homage to Italian cannibal movies of the […]

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Jordan Peele’s Us An Instant Horror Classic

Jordan Peele’s sophomore effort, Us, is easily one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2019. Released on March 22nd, Us kicks off what promises to be a hot wave of horror over the next several months. Horror fans can look forward to Pet Sematary, It: Chapter Two, The Curse of La Llorona, and the […]

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The Clovehitch Killer: Evil Lurks in Unlikely Places

In 2018, The Clovehitch Killer was among several indie thrillers that created positive buzz. Critics were reasonably impressed with the serial killer movie. Sadly, the critical buzz only translated into a very limited theatrical release last fall. Now IFC Midnight has released the thriller onto several VOD-streaming services. Synopsis Tyler Burnside lives a perfectly normal […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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Better Watch Out: A Stocking Stuffed With Subversive Fun

Welcome to The Abominable Dr. Welsh’s inaugural 12 Days of Christmas Carnage. Yes, Christmas horror movies are indeed a thing. In fact, there’s actually quite a few Yule-themed horror outings. Over the next 12 days, as Christmas approaches, I’ll be watching and reviewing a different Xmas horror movie. For the first day of Christmas Carnage, […]

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Hush Is a Quietly Unsettling Blend of Slasher and Home Invasion Horror

Horror director Mike Flanagan is on quite the roll. Two years ago, Flanagan helmed the sequel to the lame Ouija film, Ouija: Origin of Evil. To everyone’s surprise, his sequel was a vast improvement and a damn good horror film. Last year, Flanagan took one of Stephen King’s ‘unfilmable’ Gerald’s Game, and delivered one of 2017’s better horror […]

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Us and Them

Us and Them is about as timely and politically relevant as any film in recent memory. Though not a horror film per se, this British crime thriller and satire builds its story around the popular home invasion subgenre. With the past housing mortgage crisis, fears of real estate bubbles, and rising housing costs, the home […]

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The Strangers: Prey at Night or Pray for a Better Script

It’s taken nearly a decade, but after several years of rumours and speculation, the sequel to home invasion horror film The Strangers is finally in theaters. While the original movie, written and directed by Bryan Bertino, was not necessarily warmly received by critics, it proved to be a modest box office hit. A well-structured horror […]

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