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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Speak No Evil Mines Cultural Misunderstandings for Disturbing Horror

As summer gives ways to fall, Shudder continues to platform a diverse range of domestic and international horror titles for audiences. Just weeks ahead of Halloween, this week’s latest release is Danish horror thriller Speak No Evil. From writer and director Christian Tafdrup, Speak No Evil finds its horror from the cultural misunderstandings between Danish […]

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House of Darkness a Dialogue-Driven Game of Cat-and-Mouse

Over 10 years later, Neil LaBute is still probably apologizing for his remake of The Wicker Man. Now he’s back in the horror genre – including some intentional dark comedy – with the ‘date gone wrong’ House of Darkness. Before The Wicker Man, LaBute has explored themes of misogyny, which looks pretty central to House […]

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Margaux a Smart Home Techno-Horror That Isn’t All That Smart

Seems like a while since we’ve had some good techno-horror to warn us about the dangers artificial intelligence, computers, and the Internet. But as smart home technology like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa expands, it was only a matter of time before we got a movie like the new Margaux. This one looks like it […]

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Fall Has One Last Summer Thrill-Ride For Audiences

Gimmick and/or single-setting horror movies aren’t uncommon. And when done right, they can be a supremely effective way of putting audiences in the shoes of characters trapped in pretty awful circumstances. Mandy Moore found herself trapped in a shark cage for 47 Meters Down while Open Water left two scuba divers bobbing on the ocean. […]

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The Last Exorcism Casts Out Decent Demonic Scares From Found-Footage Format

When it hit theatres in 2010, The Last Exorcism was riding the peak of the found-footage horror wave. Three years earlier, Paranormal Activity solidified found-footage as a viable subgenre. Cloverfield, [REC] and its American remake, Quarantine, The Fourth Kind, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, among others, flooded the cineplexes. But The Last […]

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The Rental Will Have You Vetting Your Next Airbnb More Carefully

Another 2020 release the COVID-19 pandemic impacted, Dave Franco’s directorial debut, The Rental, saw modest success at a time where release delays were commonplace. Franco’s psychological thriller opened up in a handful of movie theatres while simultaneously landing on Apple TV. And audiences were pretty receptive giving The Rental a seal of approval. In general, […]

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6:45 Offers a Darker Take on Groundhog Day

Among just a few new horror releases this week, 6:45 gives us another horror take on Groundhog Day. Unlike Happy Death Day, this one promises fewer laughs and a more grim tone. Science fiction has successfully played with time loops in Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code, Looper, and Deja Vu. And last year, Shudder’s feminist […]

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