August 25, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
The idea of a horror movie with connections to The Wizard of Oz is a concept that should have limitless potential. Though it initially seems counterintuitive, there’s plenty of creepy material to mine in Oz. And YellowBrickRoad – anchored by a legend of an entire town gone missing in the woods – feels like something […]
September 10, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Though survival horror works on a straightforward premise, it’s one ripe for potentially brutal stakes. To date, Deliverance remains a potent early example of the subgenre. In recent years, we’ve seen horror tinker with the narrative in some underrated gems including The Ritual, Downrange, and Killing Ground. And while there’s probably still plenty of straight-to-VOD […]
July 18, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Today, deformed hillbillies terrorizing big-city folk deep in the woods is old hat. Since ‘Dueling Banjos’ played for the first time in Deliverance, horror movies have exploited urban fear of the rural. Call it hillbilly horror, redneck horror, or rural, it’s a subgenre that includes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, and Wrong […]
July 15, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Out of the blue, Netflix suddenly seems vaguely interested in horror again. From the outset of July, the streaming giant has released the the two Fear Street movies with the third due this Friday. And viewership numbers seem to support this creative direction. Grace: The Possession, Oxygen, the Black Summer series, and Army of the […]
February 6, 2020.Reading time 9 minutes.
Browse a few streaming services – Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tubi – and you’ll notice that there’s a lot of Bigfoot movies. A lot. You may also notice that most of these movies look terrible. It begs the questions – outside of Willow Creek or The Legend of Boggy Creek – is there a good Bigfoot […]
May 3, 2019.Reading time 7 minutes.
Earlier this year, Body at Brighton Rock debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. A stripped down survival horror-thriller, Body at Brighton Rock also marks Roxanne Benjamin’s directorial debut of a feature length movie. Benjamin has been a bright spot in horror for several years. She’s produced the anthology horror movies V/H/S, V/H/S 2, […]
March 15, 2019.Reading time 6 minutes.
Everyone loves a good creature feature. Whether it’s killer sharks or giant insects, monster movies make for great rainy afternoon viewing. In spite of its expansive catalogue of potential movie monsters, cryptozoology hasn’t made much of a dent in the horror genre. While there are Bigfoot movies, they’re largely forgettable low-budget offerings. Personally, the cyborg […]
June 24, 2018.Reading time 8 minutes.
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 […]