Alligator Offers A Mouthful of B-Movie Fun

Horror fans love when nature takes a bite out of humanity. And it can’t just be a regular-sized animal or insect. The bigger, the better. Following the massive success of Jaws, studios rushed to some version of a larger-than-average animal attacking a small community. Grizzly, Orca, Tentacles, Razorback – they all copied Steven Spielberg’s formula […]

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Lake Placid a Fun Update Of B-Killer Animal Movies

Maybe it was the impending fear of Y2K, but the summer of 1999 was a memorable one for horror movies. Both The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project hit theatres over the summer months. And Deep Blue Sea surfaced amidst the hot summer months, while Stir of Echoes closed out the season. Of course, […]

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Aquarium of the Dead: Latest Asylum Release Comes with Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

For over two decades, American film company The Asylum has specialized in a micro-budgeted horror schlock movies. Often referred to as mockbusters, The Asylum strategically releases movies with similar titles and/or premises to major blockbusters. The big difference – Asylum movies are micro-budgeted retreads designed to exploit inattentive filmgoers. Want to watch The Amityville Horror […]

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Zombeavers: Horror-Comedy More “Dam” Fun Than Expected

At this point, no one could fault you for assuming that the horror genre had exhausted the zombie. Just about everything under the sun has been done with the undead monster. Slow-moving, fast-moving, horror comedies, romantic comedies, and social commentary on a range of social ills – the zombie has been played out. Or has […]

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Beneath: Fishy Thriller Not Quite the ‘Catch of the Day’

As the weather warms up, people will inevitably be heading out to enjoy nature. Fortunately, horror is here to remind us that nature is far less impressed with us. Whether it’s eco-horror or just ‘killer animal’ movies in the tradition of Jaws or Burning Bright, nature striking back usually makes for great late-night horror viewing. […]

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Burning Bright: The ‘Tiger King’ of Horror

‘Killer animals’ are a staple of horror. By the end of the 1940’s, the Universal Monsters’ grip on horror had loosened. Gothic monsters gave way to atomic monstrosities in the 1950’s. A giant spider in Tarantula, oversized ants in Them, a prehistoric preying mantis in The Deadly Mantis – post-WWII horror and science fiction played […]

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Man’s Best Friend Barks Up The Wrong Tree

I’ve said it several times in other posts, but will repeat it again. In contrast to the 1970’s and 1980’s, the 90’s was a relatively disappointing period for horror. Certainly, several horror classics were released in the decade of flannel. Candyman, Jacob’s Ladder, In The Mouth of Madness – just to name a few examples. […]

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Boar Mauls Its ‘When Animals Attack’ Premise

‘When animals attack’ is its own subgenre in horror. Sometimes these movies fall under the larger umbrella of eco-horror. Other times they’re just movies about big animals gorging on stupid humans. In the 1970’s, Jaws spawned a series of knock-off’s from Grizzly, Tentacles, and Orca. Two decades later, the 1990’s gave us deadly spiders in […]

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