The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 A Dull 80s Follow-Up To a 70s Classic

In the 1970s, Wes Craven directed two landmark horror movies – The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream followed in the 80s and 90s. That’s an impressive legacy. Yet somewhere in between The Hills Have Eyes and Elm Street, Craven struggled to connect with […]

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Escape Room Tournament of Champions Can’t Escape Its Own Familiarity

Despite a January release date typically reserved for studio leftovers, Escape Room was a breakout hit in 2019. Even if it was a bit derivative of Saw, Escape Room’s box office numbers told a more accurate story than its critical reception. Director Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key) made a fun, if not completely implausible, […]

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Don’t Breathe 2 Delivers More Violence, Less Suspense

Following the surprise critical and box office success of Don’t Breathe, a sequel was inevitable. Ghost House Entertainment and original director and writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) took a little longer than expected to get the ball rolling. And the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its release by over a year. But Don’t Breathe 2 finally hit […]

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Candyman Revives The Legend For the 21st Century

Nearly 30 years later, horror fans still regard Candyman as one of the best horror movies of the 1990’s. Based on Clive Barker’s (Hellraiser) short story, The Forbidden, Candyman turned its title character into a classic boogeyman while making Tony Todd a horror icon. In addition to director Bernard Rose’s haunting imagery, Philip Glass’ score […]

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Jason Goes To Hell Lives Up To Its Title In All The Worst Ways

After dominating the 1980’s, Friday the 13th closed out the decade with a whimper. Jason Takes Manhattan, which hit theaters in 1989, remains the lowest earning movie in the series. And its ending didn’t seem to leave much direction for future sequels. Toxic waste that first regresses you to childhood and then melts you tends […]

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Blair Witch Can’t Catch Lightning In A Bottle

To date, The Blair Witch Project remains one of the biggest indie horror movie successes of all time. Love it or hate it, the shaky-cam found-footage kicked off an entire horror sub-genre. So you can’t blame Hollywood for trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice. What followed was the disappointing sequel, Book of Shadows: […]

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A Quiet Place Part II: A Worthy Follow-Up to a Classic Movie

Finally, yet another major delayed horror release has made its way to theaters. Originally planned for 2020, like just everything else, A Quiet Place Part II took a backseat to a global lockdown Apparently, movie fans have been chomping at the bit to see John Krasinski’s follow-up to his major 2018 hit. To date, A […]

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Jaws The Revenge A Fishy Sequel To a Beloved Classic

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws is an unparalleled masterpiece. As a franchise, however, Jaws may offer the best illustration of diminishing returns. Three years after Jaws scared people away from the beach, Jaws 2 reminded it us it still wasn’t safe to go back in the water. Though it never came close to approaching the original’s quality, […]

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