Halloween: Ranking the Series from Tricks to Treats

The wait is almost over. In less than two days, ‘The Shape’ comes home … again. It’s been over nine years since a Halloween movie was in theatres. But this time feels different. With the return of Jamie Lee Curtis and positioning itself as a direct sequel to the original, it can’t help but feel […]

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Malevolence 3 – Killer: A Belated Sequel That Kills the Best Elements of the Original

In 2003, writer, director, and producer Stevan Mena released his indie slasher homage, Malevolence. While it didn’t reach a large audience, Malevolence made enough of an impression to get a belated prequel, Bereavement. Now eight years later, series fans may finally get a resolution to Mena’s story. Though critics lambasted Malevolence as derivative, Mena showed […]

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The Houses October Built 2: A Sequel That Should Have Stayed Buried

The Houses October Built was a 2014 found-footage horror film that carved out a small following for itself. Despite mixed reviews, it was a decent chiller that delivered just enough unsettling mood without exhausting its found-footage approach. Like Hell House LLC and Hell Fest, writer and director Bobby Roe effectively exploited growing public interest in Halloween […]

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Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers Curses a Franchise With Needless Retconning

After its first sequel, the Halloween franchise took a bold direction with the vastly underrated Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Risk didn’t lead to reward, and Season of the Witch disappointed at the box office. Six years would pass before Michael Myers got another proper sequel. Halloween fans may disagree, but there was something […]

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Hell House LLC 2 Cordially Invites You Back to The Abaddon Hotel

As it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only holiday that encourages giving. With Halloween just over a month away, horror-streaming service Shudder surprised horror fans. Last week, Shudder debuted the surprise sequel to found-footage gem, Hell House LLC. The first film was a hidden gem that showed the found-footage format could still produce scares. With […]

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Halloween (2018): Breaking Down the Second Trailer

Forget the calendar, it’s September and for horror fans that makes it unofficially fall. With just over a month before the new Halloween is set to hit theatres, Universal Studios and Blumhouse Productions have seriously ramped up the marketing efforts. Earlier this week, a new poster with the tag ‘Face Your Fate’ was released. Yesterday […]

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water: Jaws 2 Turns 40

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

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New Nightmare: A ‘New’ Classic That Shows the Value of Creative Risk

Earlier this week marked the birthday of horror icon, Robert Englund. As everyone’s favourite demonic ‘sandman’, Robert Englund’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger created a pop culture icon. Simply put, Englund and Craven gave the horror genre one of its most recognizable and enduring monsters. In honour of Englund’s birthday, in this edition of The Vault, I take […]

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Leatherface (2017): Witness the Retconning of a Legend

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1972) is a horror classic. Few critics would argue with that statement. Yet the history of the franchise is far more convoluted and troubled than its horror counterparts like Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street. To date, there have been three sequels spanning the 1980s and 1990s with […]

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The Strangers: Prey at Night or Pray for a Better Script

It’s taken nearly a decade, but after several years of rumours and speculation, the sequel to home invasion horror film The Strangers (2008) is finally in theaters. While the original film, written and directed by Bryan Bertino, was not necessarily warmly received by critics, it proved to be a modest box office hit. A well-structured […]

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