March 11, 2023.Reading time 9 minutes.
Just one year removed from the Scream legacy sequel, and Scream VI has already hit the cineplexes. Aside from maybe Evil Dead Rise, the latest sequel is arguably this year’s most anticipated horror offering. Most franchises are running on fumes after their fourth entry. But writers James Vanderbilt and Gary Busick – taking over the […]
February 19, 2022.Reading time 12 minutes.
After over 40 years, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains among the most influential horror movies ever made. Tobe Hooper’s classic is the rare example of a movie that has lost none of its ability to shock with time. Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street – each of these movies owes some debt […]
October 29, 2021.Reading time 11 minutes.
Cannibal Holocaust introduced grindhouse fans to the found-footage format. Two decades later, The Blair Witch Project took the format mainstream with its pre-viral marketing campaign and pseudo-documentary approach. A handful of found-footage horror movies would surface in the early 2000’s. Yet Paranormal Activity was the true follow-up box office hit that cemented the approach as […]
May 10, 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
Spain has given us some memorable horror movies. In just the last few years, Veronica, The Platform, La Llorona and Tigers Are Not Afraid how impressed critics and audiences alike. Legendary director Guillermo del Toro is responsible for genre classics Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth. As the found-footage subgenre was gaining traction, Spanish […]
September 25, 2020.Reading time 11 minutes.
Sequels are going to happen. Like death and taxes, successful horror movies – even by modest standards – are going to spawn follow-ups. No expects these sequels to rival their inspirations. In most cases, fans just want to re-visit what made the first experience so much fun. Occasionally, critics and fans revolt against the Hollywood […]
June 18, 2020.Reading time 9 minutes.
It seems as though just about every horror movie that’s remotely successful gets a sequel. But the original was a self-contained story that didn’t lend itself to another movie? Doesn’t matter. Jaws, a horror classic that in no way required a sequel, produced three follow-ups. But your killer died at the end of the movie? […]
May 30, 2020.Reading time 9 minutes.
They can’t all be Friday the 13th, Halloween, or A Nightmare on Elm Street. To fill the void between A-list horror franchise releases, you need some B-list franchises – Child’s Play, Final Destination, or Resident Evil. Even Hellraiser had few decent theatrical sequels before churning out discount bin straight-to-video “hell” crap. And then there are […]
February 5, 2020.Reading time 11 minutes.
Somewhere in between ‘masked slashers’ and ‘insidious conjurings’, torture porn briefly reigned in horror. From Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects to Eli Roth’s Hostel and the ‘New French Extremity‘ movement, horror fans flocked to movies characterized by extreme graphic violence. However, it all started with James Wan’s Saw in 2004. The low-budget movie kickstarted a […]