The Head Hunter: A Cut Above Most Indie Horror

Vikings have enjoyed a recent cultural renaissance courtesy of The History Channel’s epics series. Likewise, Game of Thrones has proven the crossover appeal of fantasy-based medieval storylines. Now director Jordan Downey’s Viking-monster mashup, The Head Hunter, is available on select VOD-platforms. Synopsis A lone medieval warrior scours mist-covered lands for the monster that killed his […]

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Resident Evil: Best and Worst of the Film Series

Try as they may, Hollywood has struggled to turn video games into thriving film franchises. But you can’t blame them for trying. Modern video games often boast some impressively sprawling narratives. Yet in spite of all the cinematic failures, the Resident Evil franchise has somehow proven to be an exception. In fact, the Resident Evil […]

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Bird Box: See No Evil With the Latest Netflix Release

Netflix ends 2018 with one last big original release. Based on a novel by Josh Malerman, Bird Box marks yet another entry in the post-apocalyptic thriller genre. In 2018 alone, the film gods have given us Cargo, The Domestics, Hostile, The Cured, Extinction, and Stephanie. It’s a crowded field to say the least. But Bird […]

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The Wolf Man: Hair of the Dog That Bit You

By the early 1940’s, the Universal Monsters and their respective franchises were losing steam. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisble Man were all into multiple sequel territory. Thus, in December 1941, Universal Studios opted to step outside classic literature, delivering a new monster movie classic – The Wolf Man. The move proved to be a success, extending […]

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Hostile Offers Somber Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

Not to be confused with recent Christian Bale western, Hostiles, 2017 release Hostile is the latest post-apocalyptic thriller. Like zombie films, It’s a subgenre that has been increasingly adopted by ambitious filmmakers to attempt uniquely allegorical storytelling. But audiences should be forewarned. If you’re expecting a hyper-violent, off-the-wall story in the vein of The Domestics, adjust […]

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Devil’s Gate Gets Burned On Its Own Concept

The summer box office has been pretty hot for horror films with Hereditary, The First Purge, and The Meg heating things up. If you live in Canada, like I do, streaming options haven’t been nearly as generous. Maybe all the platforms are waiting for the fall to unleash their best horror options, but it’s been […]

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Slender Man Exceeds Low Expectations, But Still Underwhelms

Maybe you’ve heard of the Slender Man urban legend. If you’re young and hip, then you likely first heard of the fictional character through a creepypasta Internet meme. Eric Knudsen, or “Victor Surge”, created the legend on the Something Awful forum. If you’re older like me, you likely don’t know a creepypasta from a seafood linguine. […]

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The Barn Offers Fun VHS Horror Nostalgia

Can you remember walking videostore aisles and scanning the top shelves for the cool-looking Rated-R horror covers. If so, The Barn may be just the movie for you. A B-film that’s garnered a lot of love at smaller genre film festivals, Justin M. Seaman’s homage to VHS horror films was finally released yesterday on most […]

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All Aboard for The Midnight Meat Train

Horror novelist Clive Barker’s work has never enjoyed the same success in its translation to the big screen as the work of his contemporary Stephen King. Lord of Illusions was truthfully a bit of a mess, and while it has gained a cult following, Nightbreed was a box office miss. To date, Hellraiser remains the […]

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New Nightmare: A ‘New’ Classic That Shows the Value of Creative Risk

Earlier this week marked the birthday of horror icon, Robert Englund. As everyone’s favourite demonic ‘sandman’, Robert Englund’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger created a pop culture icon. Simply put, Englund and Craven gave the horror genre one of its most recognizable and enduring monsters. In honour of Englund’s birthday, in this edition of The Vault, I take […]

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