Cold Prey: Get Snowed In With This Winter Slasher

Norway isn’t a major horror player. But the northwestern European nation has produced a few noteworthy chillers including the Dead Snow movies and Trollhunter. In the mid-2000’s, Norway even produced its own budding slasher franchise – the Cold Prey movies. Released in 2006, the original Cold Prey was a box office hit in Norway. Followed […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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Red Christmas: A Humbug of Christmas Horror

Aussie horror export, Red Christmas, came and went in 2016 with minimal buzz. It was briefly on my radar two years ago, but when it wasn’t initially available here, the Christmas horror movie was quickly forgotten. But ’tis the season, for the third day of our 12 Days of Christmas Carnage, I finally give Red […]

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Hell Fest Is A Fun Popcorn Slasher To Kick Off Halloween

With October just around the corner, Hell Fest gets the Halloween movie season officially kicked off. Haunted scares have dramatically risen in popularity over the last several years. In southern Ontario, we’ve seen several summer theme parks extend their season with elaborate haunted mazes and costumed performers. Hell Fest builds this idea right into the […]

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Hell Fest Kicks Off the Halloween Movie Season

Escape rooms and haunted attractions are arguably at peak popularity right now. Horror filmmakers haven’t missed this trend either. In the last few years, we’ve seen The Houses That October Built and Hell House LLC, with their respective sequels, cash in on the craze. Now this week Lionsgate and CBS Films release their Halloween park […]

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Malevolence Overcomes Familiarity To Genuinely Disturb

Perhaps no other horror sub-genre is better-suited to low-budget, DIY filmmaking than the slasher film. Malevolence is one of dozens of micro-budgeted slasher films produced and released since Scream re-invigorated the sub-genre. Yet unlike most of those other movies, Malevolence somehow secured a limited, albeit unsuccessful, theatrical run. Written and directed by Steven Mena, Malevolence […]

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Prom Night: Make a Date With The Original, Ghost the Remake

Following the slasher-lite renaissance that capitalized on the success of Wes Craven’s Scream, major studios soon opted to re-visit the ‘Golden Era’ of the slasher. The 2000’s witnessed major and minor titles alike get the remake treatment. Unfortunately, studio executives forgot about the ‘slashing’ part in their zeal to corner the youth market. This was exactly […]

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Happy Death Day: A Horror Film You’ll Want to Watch Over and Over Again

Last fall, amidst the hype surrounding It and Halloween production news, Blumhouse delivered a pleasant surprise to horror fans. Released last October, Happy Death Day took its Groundhog Day-infused premise and scared up just shy of $56 million. Consistent with Blumhouse’s horror formula, Happy Death Day was made for a paltry $4.8 million dollars. Critics […]

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4/20 Massacre: The Most Lit Slasher Film of 2018

The slasher film subgenre has banked pretty heavily on the holiday calendar for much of its success. With 4/20 Massacre, writer and director Dylan Reynolds has taken the rather creative route of embracing a relatively new holiday for a slasher film – ‘4/20’, or April 20, the day of all things marijuana. Not surprisingly, 4/20 […]

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