Sleepaway Camp II Unhappy Campers: Bad Campers Beware, Campy Film Lovers Rejoice

Controversial opinion – take away its ending and Sleepaway Camp is a forgettable B-grade slasher. But that ending is among the most shocking, creepy, and controversial in horror. No one should be surprised that sequels eventually followed. What is surprising is that it took roughly five years to make that first sequel, Sleepaway Camp II: […]

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Book of Shadows – Blair Witch 2: Misguided Follow-Up To a Horror Classic

Regardless of personal opinions, it’s hard to overstate the phenomena that was The Blair Witch Project. Though some horror fans consider the indie horror overrated, it was a one-of-a-kind box office sensation in the summer of 1999. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez introduced found-footage to mainstream audiences after Cannibal Holocaust experimented with the format a […]

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Jaws 2: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back in The Water

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was more than a box office sensation – it was a cultural phenomenon. Along with Star Wars, Jaws changed how movies were made, released, and watched. And just like Psycho turned people off of their showers, Jaws scared a generation away from the ocean. Still there was no reason to make a […]

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The Grudge 2: J-Horror “Re-Quel” Recycles Tired Scares

For a brief period of time, Hollywood studios were obsessed with Japanese horror. What followed was a glut of J-horror remakes that quickly saw diminishing returns. Things started off promising with the successful, and very scary, The Ring remake in 2002. Though The Grudge remake made money at the box office, critics were less impressed […]

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Brahms The Boy 2: Sequel Can Only Dream of Being Real Horror Movie

In spite of its modest, but surprising, box office success, Lakeshore Entertainment took four years to release a sequel to The Boy. Maybe they should have left the doll on the shelf. Director William Brent Bell returned for sequel, Brahms The Boy II. But Katie Holmes steps in for Lauren Cohan this time around. And the […]

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The Grudge: Audiences Likely To Hold a ‘Grudge’ Against This Re-Quel

Following the success of The Ring, Hollywood spent several years combing the J-horror catalogue for remakes. Most of these American J-horror remakes were, for lack of a better word, horrible. Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge, a remake of his own Ju-On, didn’t wow critics, but got audiences into theatres. Now that Hollywood has remade just about […]

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Friday the 13th: How to Resurrect the Franchise

Like it or not, the 2010’s are ending with no new Friday the 13th movie. This will be the first decade without a franchise entry since the original movie debuted in 1980. For those keeping count, a decade has passed since the 2009 remake. After countless onscreen deaths and resurrections, all it took was a […]

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Pet Sematary 2 Can’t Resurrect King’s Premise

Hollywood loves them some Stephen King. Even when he doesn’t have a story to adapt, they find a way to trade in on his work. Case in point – Pet Sematary, which remains one of King’s best novels. Though the first film adaptation divided critics, King fans probably remember it more fondly than the remake […]

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I Spit On Your Grave 2: An Unnecessary Sequel to An Unwanted Remake

Netflix didn’t much effort into its Netflix and Chills this year. Among the small handful of new horror releases added in October, Netflix didn’t just include the I Spit On Your Grave remake – they also added its 2013 sequel. Yes, a sequel to a remake that no one wanted to a movie from a […]

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