Howling VI: The Freaks Slightly Improves Over Really Bad Sequels

To date, The Howling remains one of the best werewolf movies ever made. What you may know is that The Howling was followed be several sequels. Like The Puppet Master or Children of the Corn, The Howling spawned a seemingly never-ending series of straight-to-video sequels. Unlike those B-level franchises, The Howling sequels have absolutely no […]

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V/H/S/99 Rewinds the Horror Anthology Series Back to the ’90s Again

Following V/H/S: Viral, the found-footage anthology series took an extended break until last Halloween season. Horror-streaming platform Shudder released V/H/S/94 to a strong critical response and record-setting viewership. Not surprisingly, Shudder promptly announced yet another sequel also set in the 1990s – V/H/S/99. And it makes sense – how could the horror anthology series miss […]

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American Gothic a Late 80s Slasher Best Left Forgotten in the Past

As the slasher – and horror by default – slowly lost steam by the latter half of the 1980s, plenty of horror titles saw either limited theatrical releases or went straight to video. One of those movies, American Gothic, had the kind of VHS cover art that should have embedded itself on horror fans’ brains. […]

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The Inhabitant Finds a Different Way to Tell an Old Story and Wastes It

People have a fascination with true crime and the macabre. Look no further than what’s streaming on Netflix at any given times. Odds are there’s are least one documentary or docu-series focused on a brutal crime or serial killer. One of the most infamous murder cases in American history – a century before the 24-hour […]

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Hostel and Its Surprise Box Office Success Made ‘Torture Porn’ Offiical

In a Jan 26 2006 New York Magazine article, David Edelstein coined a now familiar phrase – ‘Torture Porn‘. Though he was initially commenting on Eli Roth’s Hostel, Edelstein stepped back and identified what he saw as a new horror trend. Following Saw’s unexpected box office success in 2004, a handful of movies released in […]

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Let Me In is the Rare Remake To Capture Lightning in a Bottle

When Americans remake Asian and European thrillers and horror movies, the results are often predictably bad. Every once in a while you get an American version of a foreign classic, like The Ring, that understands what made that concept work. Typically, you get something like the American remakes of Martyrs, Inside, or Pulse. These tepid […]

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Significant Other Finds Some New Chills On Familiar Hiking Trails

As the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs and flows, the box office occasionally shows signs of life. Some recent misses, however, likely have studio executives re-thinking release strategies. Outside of Top Gun: Maverick, horror has enjoyed an extremely good year with box office hits like The Black Phone and Smile. While studios figure out what will lure […]

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Deadstream Trends With a Fun Mix of Gross-Out Horror and Comedy

Apparently a lot of people don’t like Internet personalities. Just in the last few years, several horror movies have taken shots at various aspects of Internet and social media culture. From last week’s Sissy to The Seed to Tragedy Girls, horror has increased shifted its gaze onto the pitfalls of interactive digital media. To date, […]

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