The Mutilator Carves Out a Bit of Cult Status From Its B-Movie Kills

Even if it was the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher, not every slasher title released in the 1980s found an audience. Before the slasher franchise cycles kicked into effect and a Friday the 13th or Elm Street sequel released every year, micro-budgeted slashers still snuck into theaters. By the late 80s, the direct-to-video market offered […]

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Bodies Bodies Bodies a Sharp, Sardonic Mix of Slasher and Dark Comedy

When it was released in 1996, Scream was a game-changer that reinvigorated the slasher and horror generally. While slasher-comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies isn’t in the same position to have that impact, it certainly shares some DNA with Wes Craven’s classic. Based on a story of the same name by Kristen Roupenian, director Halina Reijn and […]

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Raven’s Hollow Boasts Atmosphere But Runs Thin On Story

Before there was H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King, there was Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s poetry and short stories hugely influenced the horror genre. Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, and Legeia all found their way […]

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Goodnight Mommy Fails as Both a Remake and Standalone Psychological Horror

Some movies just don’t need to be remade. Jaws, The Godfather, Goodfellas – these are just a few examples of movie that work every bit as well as they did upon release. Amongst the better horror movies of the 21st century, Austrian creepfest Goodnight Mommy wasn’t crying out for a remake either. Subtly unsettling, atmospheric, […]

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The Invitation Promises Gothic Horror, Delivers Tepid Scares

You’d be forgiven if you thought The Invitation was another quiet attempt at re-booting a ‘Dark Universe’ of classic monsters. The premise sounds like a contemporary spin on a ‘Brides of Dracula’ concept complete with its Gothic British manor setting. But this is a Sony Pictures release, not Universal Pictures, so if there’s vampires no […]

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Speak No Evil Mines Cultural Misunderstandings for Disturbing Horror

As summer gives ways to fall, Shudder continues to platform a diverse range of domestic and international horror titles for audiences. Just weeks ahead of Halloween, this week’s latest release is Danish horror thriller Speak No Evil. From writer and director Christian Tafdrup, Speak No Evil finds its horror from the cultural misunderstandings between Danish […]

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House of Darkness a Dialogue-Driven Game of Cat-and-Mouse

Over 10 years later, Neil LaBute is still probably apologizing for his remake of The Wicker Man. Now he’s back in the horror genre – including some intentional dark comedy – with the ‘date gone wrong’ House of Darkness. Before The Wicker Man, LaBute has explored themes of misogyny, which looks pretty central to House […]

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