The Wolf Man: Hair of the Dog That Bit You

By the early 1940’s, the Universal Monsters and their respective franchises were losing steam. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisble Man were all into multiple sequel territory. Thus, in December 1941, Universal Studios opted to step outside classic literature, delivering a new monster movie classic – The Wolf Man. The move proved to be a success, extending […]

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Insidious The Last Key: Haunted By Franchise Strain

Reviews for the latest Insidious installment have been less than kind. At the time of writing this review, the Tomatometer for Insidious: The Last Key was sitting at a ‘rotten’ 31%. Perhaps better than its 31% rating suggests, The Last Key is certainly ‘Exhibit A’ of the law of diminishing returns. Given that it’s now […]

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Eloise: A Ghost Story That Never Fully ‘Commits’ To Its Setting

Horror movies love to throw around the ‘based on a true story’ proclamation regardless of how much truth is present. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that there was in fact a psychiatric facility named Eloise that operated from the early 1800’s to the 1980’s. Aside from its setting and location, direct-to-video thriller Eloise […]

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Terror Train: All Aboard for a Killer Party

Today is ‘Scream Queen’ Jamie Lee Curtis’ birthday. Undoubtedly, the legendary actress has made her mark in films across genres. But Curtis defined her early career with a series of starring roles in horror movies beginning with Halloween. Fans fondly remember most of these roles. Hollywood has even given some of these movies the remake treatment. […]

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The Hills Run Red: Sleazy Hillbilly Horror Redux

At the end of the 2000’s, the ‘torture porn’ sub-genre was almost out of steam. Paranormal Activity had supplanted the Saw franchise as the new ‘king of the Halloween’ movie season. After a handful of high-profile box office failures (e.g., Captivity, I Know Know Who Killed Me), the writing was on the wall. Dark Castle […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Ho Ho … Hold the Controversy

Silent Night, Deadly Night boasts a history shared by few ’80’s horror films. Arguably its infamy far outreaches its quality. At its best, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a sleazy B-movie that hits the ‘so bad, it’s good’ switch. Many horror fans may just consider it plain bad. But when this Christmas chiller was released […]

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Overlord: Inglorious Basterds Meets Zombies

Cloverfield fans had their fingers crossed when Bad Robot Productions released the first trailer for Overlord. Unfortunately, Overlord is definitely not connected to the Cloverfield universe. Perhaps even worse, The Cloverfield Paradox is stil a thing. Regardless of its lack of connectivity, Overlord promises wall-to-wall zombie goodness. Though it didn’t connect with audiences in its opening box office weekend, critics […]

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Child’s Play: Ranking Chucky’s Best and Worst Movies Over 30 Years

The Child’s Play franchise may be the most interesting of the major horror franchises. Created by Don Mancini, the Child’s Play movies have never achieved the same level of love or reverence as the Halloween or Elm Street series. Poor Chucky has always been tucked firmly somewhere in between smaller horror series, like the Hellraiser […]

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14 Cameras: Not One Will Show You a Good Movie

The movie, 14 Cameras, is a sequel to a movie called … wait for it, 13 Cameras. To date, I haven’t had the pleasure of watching 13 Cameras. But if it’s remotely similar in quality to the sequel, I’m pretty confident I didn’t miss much. What we have with 14 Cameras is another variant of […]

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Monster Party: Blood, Guts, and Class Consciousness

Writer and director Chris von Hoffmann’s previous movie was the hit-or-miss exploitation flick, Drifter. Genre fans who appreciate spirited mayhem may want to check it out on Netflix. On Friday November 2, von Hoffman released his follow-up effort, Monster Party, on several VOD-streaming platforms. No, it’s not the older Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party with Boris […]

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