May 27, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Early in the summer of 2003, rural slasher Wrong Turn became a modest box office hit. Like most horror movies from the late 90s and early 2000s, it boasted a young, attractive cast of up-and-comers. And it carried on a long-tradition of hillbilly horror dating back to the 1972 classic Deliverance. Critics didn’t really like […]
April 21, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Twenty years passed between Army of Darkness and the loose reboot Evil Dead. Though it was a more serious adaptation with slicker production values the 2013 Evil Dead was a box office success that introduced new horror fans to the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. A sequel seemed inevitable but it took another decade to get the fifth […]
April 15, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
Somewhere between the 90s classic Candyman and the recent, equally good remake of the same name, two Candyman sequels made their way to the direct-to-video market. Neither of these sequels generated much in the way of positive buzz. However, the first of those sequels, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh at least had some positives, earning […]
March 26, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Like the Children of the Corn and Leprechaun movies, the Puppet Master franchise has quietly chugged along on the straight-to-video market for about 30 years. Since the first Puppet Master released in 1989 there’s been a total of 14 sequels and/or reboots. In fact, just last year, the latest spin-off movie, Puppet Master: Doktor Death, […]
March 21, 2023.Reading time 10 minutes.
Nearly 40 years have passed since Children of the Corn stalked cineplexes. Among Stephen King adaptations, the 1984 mix of supernatural horror and slasher basics falls slightly on the lower end of the scale. Yet somehow Children of the Corn has become a B-horror movie franchise similar to the Hellraiser and Puppet Master series. To […]
March 16, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
Once the direct-to-video franchise had been to the ‘hood’ and then to outer space, there wasn’t much left to do but reboot the whole thing. Afterall, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had already gone the reboot route. And the Leprechaun series was barely a B-level horror franchise […]
March 11, 2023.Reading time 9 minutes.
Just one year removed from the Scream legacy sequel, and Scream VI has already hit the cineplexes. Aside from maybe Evil Dead Rise, the latest sequel is arguably this year’s most anticipated horror offering. Most franchises are running on fumes after their fourth entry. But writers James Vanderbilt and Gary Busick – taking over the […]
March 10, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Few horror franchises – or any franchise for that matter – can produce quality outings the further along they go. Both Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street were running on fumes past their fourth outings with the exception of the occasional course correction. When Wes Craven resurrected his Scream series with Scream […]