The Invitation Promises Gothic Horror, Delivers Tepid Scares

You’d be forgiven if you thought The Invitation was another quiet attempt at re-booting a ‘Dark Universe’ of classic monsters. The premise sounds like a contemporary spin on a ‘Brides of Dracula’ concept complete with its Gothic British manor setting. But this is a Sony Pictures release, not Universal Pictures, so if there’s vampires no […]

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Where The Scary Things Are Tries Very Hard to be an R-Rated Goonies

Several years ago filmmaker B. Harrison Smith helmed the ambitious, but flawed, Death House. His latest movie, Where the Scary Things Are, promises to be just as ambitious. Just hitting VOD platforms this week, no reviews are circulating for this one yet. But it promises to mix urban legends, monsters, viral social media, and a […]

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Hatching a Dark Mix of Finnish Horror and Fairy Tale

Follows its debut at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Finnish horror movie Hatching has generated considerable buzz. Just the premise and accompanying promotional material are enough pique curiosity. Its premise of a young girl ‘hatching’ a monster from an implausibly large egg conjures up allusions to something written by The Brothers Grimm. From first time […]

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Antlers Slow Burns Too Unevenly Too Often

Antlers was amongst a long list of horror movies that a saw multiple, lengthy delays getting to movie theaters. Even as the COVID pandemic lingers, the Scott Cooper-helmed monster movie finally lurked into cineplexes just before Halloween. Based on Nick Antosca’s short story, The Quiet Boy, Antlers arrives with some pedigree. In addition to an […]

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No One Gets Out Alive Kicks Off Netflix and Chills

And as we head into October, it’s time for Halloween movie nights. Maybe you’ll tune in to AMC’s FearFest or hunker down with Shudder. Or perhaps you’ll settle for some Netflix and Chills. Aside from familiar old titles and some hotly anticipated new ones (Midnight Mass, There’s Someone Inside Your House), Netflix has already quietly […]

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Boogeyman Won’t Have You Checking The Closet Before Bedtime

Amidst the remakes, Torture Porn, and New French Extremity, the 2000s produced some strong genre movies. Boogeyman was not one of those movies. In a decade where House of the Dead, FearDotCom, Ghost Ship, and The Wicker Man remake all hit theatres, Boogeyman still stands out as a noteworthy stinker. Before Sam Raimi’s production company […]

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Brotherhood of the Wolf A Visually Stunning Mix of Genres

Though it was considered a box office success, Brotherhood of the Wolf has mostly languished in obscurity. Twenty years after its global release, the French-made movie isn’t available on any streaming platform. And Shout Factory just gave the movie the Blu-ray treatment it deserved. Perhaps the movie’s ‘difficult to summarize’ story made it a tough […]

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The Relic: Forgettable Night at the Museum

Everyone loves a good B-monster movie. Back when the drive-in ruled summers, monster movie fans enjoyed Them, The Tingler, and The Fly. During the 1980s, monster movie re-surfaced as nostalgia for the 50’s was at a high. From Night of the Creeps to The Stuff and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, filmmakers crafted loving homages […]

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