1st Summoning: Found-Footage Horror Makes The Occult Feel Dull

All the rage in horror several years ago, found-footage horror movies have slowly fizzled out. In the last few years, a few gems have been released including Creep and Unfriended. But we’re a long ways away from the annual trotting out of Paranormal Activity movies. But earlier this month, Netflix added under-the-radar indie horror, 1st […]

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We Belong Together Stalks Familiar Territory

Another month on Netflix. And here we have another stalking movie. While it may look like another Lifetime psychological thriller, We Belong Together originally aired on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Not that it really matters. From its basic plot to its production values, We Belong Together looks indistinguishable from a Lifetime or Hallmark made-for-television movie. […]

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The Curse of La Llorona: A Dull, Uninspired Conjuring Spin-Off

And The Conjuring Universe marches on in 2019. Before the much hyped Annabelle Comes Home was released, Warner Brothers and producer James Wan snuck The Curse of La Llorona into theatres. Yes, La Llorona saw a wide theatrical release. But the studio was oddly ‘hush hush’ about the movie’s connection to The Conjuring franchise. Perhaps […]

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Crawl: A Category 5 Popcorn Horror Thriller

Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell), Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), Category 5 hurricanes, and killer alligators. What more could you ask of a summer horror movie? Killer animal movies generally play well over the summer months, and Crawl looks to be no exception. Critics have already embraced […]

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47 Meters Down: A Shark Thriller With Too Little Bite

It’s summertime, the weather is hot, and the beaches are busy. So of course what better time for a ‘killer shark’ movie. Despite Shark Week’s best efforts to re-cast them, sharks have remained popular horror movie ‘monsters since Spielberg’s Jaws. Though Hollywood has given us more than its share of duds, when done right, killer […]

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Anacondas – The Hunt for the Blood Orchid: More Snakes, Less Jennifer Lopez

The summer heat has finally arrived. If you’re a horror fan, maybe that means camping and ‘don’t go in the woods’ horror movies. Or perhaps you’re more inclined watch ‘creepy crawly’ horror flicks. Killer shark movies, Giant bugs. Hungry crocodiles. In 1997, Columbia Pictures enjoyed a surprise box office hit with the Jennifer Lopez-starring Anaconda. […]

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Soul to Keep: Demon Thriller Possesses Too Few Scares and Fresh Ideas

A group of teens head to a remote cabin to party, but end up meddling with demonic forces. The Evil Dead? No, guess again. Could it be Cabin in the Woods? Wrong. If you guessed low-budget indie horror, Soul to Keep, you’d be correct. Netflix just added this familiar demonic possession thriller. Unfortunately for Soul […]

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Friend to the End: Child’s Play Reboot Wants to Play

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) announced the Child’s Play reboot almost two years ago, prompting instant backlash. Not surprisingly, series fans balked at the idea. First, creator Don Mancini and Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, had no involvement with the project. Even stranger was the fact that Mancini had recently revived Chucky with two well-received movies – […]

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The Prodigy Gets a B for Scares, D for Originality

Recently revived Orion Pictures released The Prodigy earlier this year. Tucked in between Escape Room and Happy Death Day 2U, Nicholas McCarthy’s ‘creepy kids’ horror movie scraped together just enough to turn a profit. Think of it as a supernatural variation on 2009’s Orphan. But with so many ‘bad seeds in horror, is The Prodigy […]

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Body at Brighton Rock: If You Go Down in the Woods Today

Earlier this year, Body at Brighton Rock debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. A stripped down survival horror-thriller, Body at Brighton Rock also marks Roxanne Benjamin’s directorial debut of a feature length movie. Benjamin has been a bright spot in horror for several years. She’s produced the anthology horror movies V/H/S, V/H/S 2, […]

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