Insidious The Last Key: Haunted By Franchise Strain

Reviews for the latest Insidious installment have been less than kind. At the time of writing this review, the Tomatometer for Insidious: The Last Key was sitting at a ‘rotten’ 31%. Perhaps better than its 31% rating suggests, The Last Key is certainly ‘Exhibit A’ of the law of diminishing returns. Given that it’s now […]

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Winter Horror Movies: Let It Snow With These Chilling Classics

Christmas is just around the corner now. Good cheer and egg nog are on their way. But in between Halloween and Christmas, all we’re left with is dark and damp bone-chilling cold. Aside from January, November may the saddest month of the year. But don’t despair. What better way to escape the upcoming winter blues than a […]

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Open Casket Bookends Past and Present in Hill House

Episode 2 of The Haunting of Hill House, entitled Open Casket, is a Shirley-centric episode. As its title suggests, both the flashbacks and present timeline revolve around an open casket funeral. More specifically, Open Casket explores how the oldest sister, Shirley, deals with trauma or ‘fixes’ things around her. The Past The past flashbacks open […]

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Malevolent Is Scary, But Never as Scary As Its Own Illogical Story

Netflix’s track record for horror and thrillers is pretty spotty in 2018. Ritual was an early hit for the streaming platform, but The Open House and The Cloverfield Paradox were forgettable duds. As Halloween creeps up on the calendar, Netflix is looking to make amends. Over the next few weeks, horror fans have The Haunting of Hill House […]

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Diane Mixes Crime and Horror Genres to Haunting Effect

Writer and director Michael Mognillo’s latest film, Diane, is a daring mix of genres. It’s part horror film, part psychological thriller, and part crime genre. Diane is an example of ambitious storytelling on a shoestring budget. Though it had a limited released in 2017, Diane is just turning up on VOD-streaming platforms. Synopsis Disabled war […]

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Hellraiser and Horror: Pinhead Still Tears Your Soul Apart

In his original review, Roger Ebert referred to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser as a ‘bankruptcy of imagination’. Despite Ebert’s role in elevating the art of film criticism, he most certainly got it wrong with Hellraiser. There may be many things wrong with the movie, but a lack of creativity is not one of them. Hellraiser premiered in […]

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Valentine (2001) Makes For a Bad Date

We’re just two days out from everyone’s least favourite fake holiday – Valentine’s Day. During the golden era of the slasher film in the 1980s, most holidays on the calendar received the horror treatment, even April Fool’s Day. One of the better B-level entries during the slashers’ original run was My Bloody Valentine (1981), but […]

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The Ritual (2017) Dares You to Go Into the Woods

Netflix continues to release a lot of genre content in 2018. To date, we have already seen The Open House, The Cloverfield Paradox, Before I Wake, and Altered Carbon debut on the streaming giant. Unfortunately, it’s been a rough go for horror fans with both The Open House and The Cloverfield Paradox underwhelming. Initial glimpses […]

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The Fog is Murky Fun from John Carpenter

Thirty-eight years ago, on Feb. 8 1980, legendary horror film director, John Carpenter, released The Fog, his follow-up to Halloween (1978). A minor hit at the box-office (Box Office Mojo, n.d.), The Fog hasn’t received the same affection or attention as other Carpenter films. Halloween is rightly held up as a classic of the horror […]

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Cabin Fever: The Remake You Didn’t Know Existed

While scrolling through Netflix recently for a late-night horror fix I discovered the Cabin Fever (2016) remake. It’s a film that flew completely under my radar. Rather than watching the remake first I decided to pull out my copy of the original Cabin Fever. It’s been sixteen years since Eli Roth emerged on the horror scene. His […]

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