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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Laid to Rest: Low-Budget Slasher Carves Out Brutal Niche

Following the slasher ‘Golden Age’ of the 1980’s, Wes Craven’s Scream re-ignited a brief a slasher-lite renaissance. However, this brief resurgence produced a handful of polished, teen-friendly PG-13 horror that lacked Craven’s insight. Several years later, slasher movies returned, taking one of two approaches. In some cases, movies like Final Girls, Cabin in the Woods, […]

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Mark of the Devil: Netflix Horror Can’t Exorcise ‘Been There, Done That’ Feeling

Browse Netflix’s horror catalogue and you’ll find no shortage of demonic possession movies. The Crucifixion, Veronica, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Constantine, Malicious – these are just a handful of the devilish subgenre to turn up on the streaming platform. Now Mexican director Diego Cohen’s Mark of the Devil is available for Netflix subscribers. Cohen’s […]

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Serial Killer ‘Snuff” Found-Footage Disturbs

Thought The Hunt had a hard time getting to theatres? Over a decade earlier, the found-footage serial killer movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. But distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) suddenly got cold feet. Given its disturbing content, MGM pulled it from the release schedule. Several years later, The Poughkeepsie Tapes saw a […]

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I See You: A Clever ‘Supernatural’ Thriller You Need to See

Not to be confused with Sylvester Stallone’s early 2000’s effort, Eye See You, I See You is a little indie supernatural thriller that floated under the radar. Saban Films debuted I See You at the South By Southwest film festival last year. By the end of 2019, I See You quietly made its way to […]

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The Hunt: A Perfect Subversive Take-Down For Our Political Times

Finally. Well, sort of. Few movies in recent memory have had quite the path to audiences as The Hunt. Blumhouse Productions originally planned to release their satirical take on The Most Dangerous Game last August. However, after the El Paso And Dayton shootings (and a Donald Trump Tweet), Blumhouse pulled the plug. Unexpectedly, Blumhouse resurrected […]

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Freaks: A Must-See Twisty Sci-Fi Thriller

In just under a month, Disney will finally be releasing The New Mutants, one of the 21st Century Fox’s leftovers acquired by the ‘Mouse House’. A darker take on The X-Men, Fox delayed The New Mutants‘ release multiple times. If you, like Fox and Disney, have been underwhelmed by The New Mutants’ marketing, look no […]

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Man’s Best Friend Barks Up The Wrong Tree

I’ve said it several times in other posts, but will repeat it again. In contrast to the 1970’s and 1980’s, the 90’s was a relatively disappointing period for horror. Certainly, several horror classics were released in the decade of flannel. Candyman, Jacob’s Ladder, In The Mouth of Madness – just to name a few examples. […]

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The Invisible Man: What You Can’t See Can Be Very Scary

Nearly two years after The Mummy failed to kick off the ‘Dark Universe’, Leigh Whannell (Upgrade) and Blumhouse Productions have resurrected the Universal Monsters. This isn’t the first time Blumhouse has re-ignited a dormant franchise. And Whannell is no stranger to mixing horror and science fiction. While The Mummy was a bloated combination of horror […]

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The Boy: Creepy Doll Thriller Scares Enough Life Into Familiar Story

Four years ago, Lakeshore Entertainment released The Boy amidst the January doldrums. Despite its obvious similarities to The Conjuring Universe’s Annabelle, The Boy pleasantly surprised at the box office. Without much competition, the creepy doll thriller grossed just north of $35 million on a small budget. Yet rather than quickly capitalizing on the movie’s success, […]

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