47 Meters Down Uncaged: Superior Sequel Takes a Bite Out of Summer

What’s summer without a good killer shark movie? Last year’s The Meg was fine but largely forgettable. Crawl already gave us killer alligators last month. Two summers ago, shark thriller 47 Meters Down surprised at the box office. Though it was a modest box office hit, 47 Meters Downs was a somewhat lacklustre movie with […]

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1st Summoning: Found-Footage Horror Makes The Occult Feel Dull

All the rage in horror several years ago, found-footage horror movies have slowly fizzled out. In the last few years, a few gems have been released including Creep and Unfriended. But we’re a long ways away from the annual trotting out of Paranormal Activity movies. But earlier this month, Netflix added under-the-radar indie horror, 1st […]

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The Curse of La Llorona: A Dull, Uninspired Conjuring Spin-Off

And The Conjuring Universe marches on in 2019. Before the much hyped Annabelle Comes Home was released, Warner Brothers and producer James Wan snuck The Curse of La Llorona into theatres. Yes, La Llorona saw a wide theatrical release. But the studio was oddly ‘hush hush’ about the movie’s connection to The Conjuring franchise. Perhaps […]

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Girls With Balls: Horror-Comedy Doesn’t Quite Spike Its Concept

Yes, this French movie is actually called Girls With Balls. That’s either the best thing – or worst thing – about this horror-comedy. Netflix released this French riff on ‘hillbilly horror‘ earlier in July. Based on the promotional materials, Girls With Balls is best described as Wrong Turn meets Mean Girls. Tonally, the movie looks […]

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Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things: An Eccentric 70’s Zombie B-Movie

Director Bob Clark had a pretty varied film-making career. His filmography spans everything from B-horror movies to more serious, dramatic fare (Tribute). Arguably, horror fans know Clark best for the classic Black Christmas. But he’s also the director responsible for the beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Story. In addition, Clark popularized the teen sex comedy […]

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When A Stranger Calls: Remake a Prank Call of a Horror Movie

Babysitting is probably one of toughest gigs in the horror genre. Halloween, The House of the Devil, The Amityville Horror, Better Watch Out – babysitters have it tough in horror movies. Mixing the ‘babysitter-in-peril’ narrative with the ‘killer is in the house’ trope, When a Stranger Calls was a minor 1970’s box office success. Critics […]

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Crawl: A Category 5 Popcorn Horror Thriller

Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell), Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), Category 5 hurricanes, and killer alligators. What more could you ask of a summer horror movie? Killer animal movies generally play well over the summer months, and Crawl looks to be no exception. Critics have already embraced […]

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47 Meters Down: A Shark Thriller With Too Little Bite

It’s summertime, the weather is hot, and the beaches are busy. So of course what better time for a ‘killer shark’ movie. Despite Shark Week’s best efforts to re-cast them, sharks have remained popular horror movie ‘monsters since Spielberg’s Jaws. Though Hollywood has given us more than its share of duds, when done right, killer […]

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Annabelle Comes Home: The Conjuring’s Greatest Hits

Aside from a couple of poorly received entires, The Conjuring franchise has been box office gold. Arguably it’s one of the more successful shared filmr-verses outside of Marvel. Even the critically underwhelming The Nun qualified as a box office hit. But recently released Annabelle Comes Home is now the seventh movie in the series, including […]

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Anacondas – The Hunt for the Blood Orchid: More Snakes, Less Jennifer Lopez

The summer heat has finally arrived. If you’re a horror fan, maybe that means camping and ‘don’t go in the woods’ horror movies. Or perhaps you’re more inclined watch ‘creepy crawly’ horror flicks. Killer shark movies, Giant bugs. Hungry crocodiles. In 1997, Columbia Pictures enjoyed a surprise box office hit with the Jennifer Lopez-starring Anaconda. […]

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