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

Few horror directors make quite the impression on their first kick at the can like Sean Byrne. The Aussie director’s debut effort, The Loved Ones, was critically acclaimed and has earned a cult following. Unfortunately for horror fans, Byrne took nearly six years to craft a follow-up. But it turns out the wait was worth […]

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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 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. For starters, it’s pretty low budget looking stuff. And it’s ‘peril in the […]

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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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