The Vigil: Stay Up With This Jewish Supernatural Thriller

Plenty of horror movies draw on religious imagery in straightforward tales of good versus evening. As a subgenre, however, religious horror centers its conflict on either questions of faith or the dangers of dogmatic faith. There’s no shortage of horror movies seeped in Christian faith and imagery. But traditional Jewish horror movies are in short […]

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Relic: Haunting story Explores The Demons of Human Frailty

A Quiet Place 2, Godzilla vs Kong, The Conjuring 3, Halloween Kills – one by one the COVID-19 virus has pushed them from this year’s release schedule. That’s the bad new for horror fans. If there’s good news – and yes, there is some good news – smaller horror movies have found room to reach […]

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Our House: Bland, Light Supernatural Scares Not Likely To Keep You Up At Night

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. Likewise, haunted house movies scare us because they strip away the security we believe […]

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Pledge Asks What You Would Do To Belong

On one hand, we’re only three months into 2019, and horror has already given us a few strong theatrical releases. Escape Room, Happy Death Day 2U, and the upcoming Us – that’s a lot better than early 2018’s Winchester or The Strangers: Prey at Night. But streaming platforms have felt a little light on good […]

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The Clovehitch Killer: Evil Lurks in Unlikely Places

In 2018, The Clovehitch Killer was among several indie thrillers that created positive buzz. Critics were reasonably impressed with the serial killer movie. Sadly, the critical buzz only translated into a very limited theatrical release last fall. Now IFC Midnight has released the thriller onto several VOD-streaming services. Synopsis Tyler Burnside lives a perfectly normal […]

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Wildling: A Supernatural ‘Coming-of-Age’ Story With Teeth

As 2018 comes to an end, Netflix is finally getting around to streaming smaller horror releases from earlier in the year. Maven Pictures debuted their coming-of-age werewolf film, Wildling, at the South by Southwest in March. Less than a month later, IFC Midnight gave Wildling a limited released in theatres and video-on-demand. Critics were mildly […]

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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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