Run Sweetheart Run Slows Down a Tense Premise With One Too Many Detours

Days before Halloween, Amazon Prime follows up its original movie, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, with another original release, Run Sweetheart Run. Like a lot of movies, Blumhouse Tilt originally scheduled Run Sweetheart Run for a theatrical release. But the COVID-19 pandemic derailed those plans and its sat on the shelf for two years. Promotion for […]

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Darkness Falls Less Scary Than a Trip to the Dentist

Amidst a current ‘Golden Era’ of horror, it’s hard to remember that the genre experienced lean times in the 90s and early aughts. Yes, Wes Craven’s Scream sparked a brief neo-slasher trend. And several years later, Saw kicked off the ‘Torture Porn‘ craze while Hollywood raided VHS shelves for remakes. In between these trends, studios […]

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Smile Should Put a Grin On Horror Fans’ Faces Ahead of Halloween

In a year where Jordan Peele’s third movie, Nope, was released, and Halloween Ends promises to end the story of Laurie Strode and Michaels Myers, Smile has received quite the push from Paramount. Trailers have been playing for several months. And Paramount went the extra mile with some clever viral marketing at a handful of […]

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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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