We Summon the Darkness: Subversively Devilish Take on Old Tropes

Few things are better-suited for one another than horror, heavy metal, and Satan. Much has already been written about the Satanic moral panic that emerged in the 1980’s. Heavy metal bands that infused their music and public image with Satanic themes – Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motley Crüe – drew the ire of moral entrepreneurs […]

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Random Acts of Violence: Jay Baruchel Confronts the Consequences of Violent Art

Timing is everything. And Canadian slasher Random Acts of Violence perfectly situates itself to address a divisive issue. Last year some critics accused Joker of celebrating toxic male rage and violence. Following George Floyd’s tragic murder, debate quickly turned to movies and television shows that glorified police officers. Now Canadian actor and director Jay Baruchel’s […]

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Host: Shudder Original May Be the Scariest Zoom Meeting Ever

Well, that didn’t take long. Not even a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic and we have our first Zoom-centric horror movie. Yes, Shudder’s newest original movie – filmed during the 2020 lockdown – one up’s Unfriended by setting its story entirely in the latest in cloud-based conferencing technology. Host, a supernatural techno-horror, shares a […]

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Devil: Thriller Overcomes Story ‘Ups and Downs’

Before M Night Shyamalan rehabilitated his image with back-to-back successes in The Visit and Split, he hit rock-bottom with 2010’s The Last Airbender. Oh, Shyamalan would still drop one more bomb called After Earth. But the divisive filmmaker took a small step in the right direction by stepping back. Though the story wasn’t necessarily original, […]

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Texas Chainsaw 3D: No Massacre In Any Dimension

Everything may be bigger in Texas, but that’s little comfort to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. After 40 years, Tobe Hooper’s original low-budget horror movie remains a disturbing classic. Even Hooper’s belated sequel has earned a critical re-appraisal. And about that 2003 remake – it’s better than most fans are willing to admit. Nevertheless, most […]

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Game of Death: A Rated-R Teen Jumanji Meets Natural Born Killers

No, not that Game of Death. Anyone looking for the classic Bruce Lee martial arts movie will be disappointed. No one’s wearing a yellow tracksuit in this joint American-France-Canadian indie horror outing. This Game of Death actually premiered at the SXSW Film Festival way back in 2017. Where it’s been for the last three years […]

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Relic: Haunting story Explores The Demons of Human Frailty

A Quiet Place 2, Godzilla vs Kong, The Conjuring 3, Halloween Kills – one by one the COVID-19 virus has pushed them from this year’s release schedule. That’s the bad new for horror fans. If there’s good news – and yes, there is some good news – smaller horror movies have found room to reach […]

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Our House: Bland, Light Supernatural Scares Not Likely To Keep You Up At Night

Horror films are at their best when they touch on sensitive nerves. Jaws isn’t scary because it’s about a big man-eating shark. No, it’s scary because it plays on our fears of not knowing what’s lurking beneath us in the water. Likewise, haunted house movies scare us because they strip away the security we believe […]

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Party Hard Die Young: Raves, Molly, and Lukewarm Scares

Since its inception a few years ago, Shudder has done right by horror fans. Its ever-growing catalogue includes horror movies from just about every subgenre imaginable. Moreover, the horror-streaming platform has shown a commitment to a diverse range of original content. While it’s not new per se, Shudder’s recent Austrian slasher import, Party Hard Die […]

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The Assent: The Point At Which You Lose Interest In a Movie

Another month, another possession horror movie on Netflix. Maybe the streaming platform needs to call an exorcist. We’ve seen no shortage in demonic thrillers popping up over the last couple of years. Mark of the Devil, The Crucifixion, Soul to Keep, Paranormal Investigation, etc., etc. Maybe you’ve seen some of these titles. If so, there’s […]

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