Feral Will Leave You Hungry For More Fresh Horror

Over the last decade or so, zombies have been all the range in horror. In fact, zombies have been something of a rare crossover sensation. But there are signs that even the zombie can suffer from some rigor mortis. The Walking Dead, for instance, has continued to bleed audiences in its most recent season. Though […]

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Midnighters: Noir Thriller That Offers Hitchcockian Twists

Midnighters, the Hitchcockian noir film distributed by IFC Midnight, is finally available on Netflix. Written and directed by the Ramsay brothers, Midnighters is a small indie movie that has slowly built solid word of mouth among critics. Its story of a troubled married couple and a dead body promises some simple Hitchcockian suspense for film fans. […]

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What Keeps You Alive: An Art-House Interpretation of Survival Horror

This past week has been a good one for Canadian-made thrillers. While it hasn’t received the same level of advanced attention as the Summer of 84, What Keeps You Alive has managed to generate some positive buzz. Written and directed by Colin Minihan (Grave Encounters), the Canadian survival-thriller debuted earlier this year at the SXSW […]

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The Devil’s Candy Is Tasty Heavy Metal Horror

The Devil’s Candy was released in the spring of 2017 and has been available on Netflix now for several months. Distributed by IFC Midnight, The Devil’s Candy marks the long-awaited sophomore effort from director Sean Byrne. Horror fans may recall Byrne’s debut film, the fantastic Australian thriller, The Loved Ones. If you haven’t seen The Loved Ones, […]

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Our House Delivers Bland, Light Supernatural Scares

Horror films are at their best when they touch on sensitive nerves. Jaws isn’t scary because it’s about a big man-eating shark. No, it’s scary because it plays on our fears of not knowing what’s lurking beneath us in the water. Haunted house films are frightening because they strip away the security we believe exists […]

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Mommy Issues: Kaleidoscope Twists A Strange Mother-Son Tale

In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]

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The Domestics Executes Its Familiar Post-Apocalyptic Story With Violent Style

The post-apocalyptic dystopian film is the gift that keeps on giving to the cinematic world. Regardless of genre – science-fiction, horror, action, or young adult – audiences can’t seem to get enough of end-of-the-world scenarios. Tomorrow film-goers can revel in the latest entry of dystopian Purge franchise, The First Purge. If you’re tired of Purge […]

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Desolation (2017) Is a Hike Worth Taking

Low-budget chiller from IFC Midnight and Blumhouse-graduate Sam Patton, Desolation made the rounds at a few film festivals. Now it’s found its way to Netflix without much fanfare. Despite it’s utterly fantastic retro-film poster, some viewers may be tempted to skip Desolation over due to its admittedly familiar premise. Fans of 1970’s horror, however, may […]

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The Den: Who Is Really Out There

At some point in the next week, I am hoping to publish a bigger piece in The Vault exploring technology narratives in horror. Our lives are only becoming more intertwined with technology and for technophobes, technology offers a vast source of potential horror. Last week I posted a review of Unfriended, a film with similar […]

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