Open 24 Hours: Convenience Store Scares For a Mindless Evening

Some things will never go out of style. In spite of it roller-coaster popularity, slasher movies are a permanent fixture in horror. Occasionally, they slip out of the mainstream, kept alive by the straight-to-video (and now the VOD) industry. But just like the killers that populate their movies, it’s hard to keep the slasher movie […]

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M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters): A Found-Footage Mother’s Worst Nightmare

Just when you think the found-footage format has run its course, a movie comes along that breathes a little life into the subgenre. In this case, Tucia Lyman’s M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters) shows the format can still work with the right concept and story. On the surface, Mothers of Monsters looks like We Need To […]

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Three Sick Brothers: Bloodride Trades in Familiar Trope with its Second Episode

Welcome back for Bloodride’s second episode, Three Sick Brothers. Once again our host, the silent bus driver, adjusts his mirror and the camera pans along the rows of doomed passengers. This time the camera finally rests on a young man with blood dripping from his ear. And with that, Three Sick Brothers promises to deliver […]

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Mental Illness in Horror Movies: Exploiting and Stigmatizing For Scares

Years before Joker raised a furor, the American Psychiatric Associated (APA) levelled similar criticisms at DC Comics. Specifically, the APA took issue with Batman’s ‘rogues gallery’ and its misrepresentation of mental illness. Outside of comics, popular culture has historically misrepresented mental illness. Like mainstream news media, our movies and television entertainment have propagated the myth […]

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Daniel Isn’t Real: An Imaginary Friend, A Real Unnerving Thriller

At some point, we probably all had an imaginary friend. But what if that friend wasn’t so imaginary. And that’s the jumping point for South by Southwest psychological horror thriller Daniel Isn’t Real. Up-and-coming horror director Adam Egypt Mortimer, and Brian DeLeeuw, adapted DeLeeuw’s own novel, In This Way I Was Saved, for the indie […]

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