There’s Someone Inside Your House: Dull Neo-Slasher Fails to Live Up To Its Title

Based on best-selling novelist Stephanie Perkins’ novel of the same name, There’s Someone Inside Your House arrives on Netflix with a lot of hype. So far in 2021, Netflix has already scored with one horror series, after debuting RL Stine’s Fear Street movies in three back-to-back-to-back weeks this summer. And there’s always a market for […]

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No One Gets Out Alive Kicks Off Netflix and Chills

And as we head into October, it’s time for Halloween movie nights. Maybe you’ll tune in to AMC’s FearFest or hunker down with Shudder. Or perhaps you’ll settle for some Netflix and Chills. Aside from familiar old titles and some hotly anticipated new ones (Midnight Mass, There’s Someone Inside Your House), Netflix has already quietly […]

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Midnight Mass Delivers a Horrifying Sermon to Horror Fans

Over the last decade, Mike Flanagan has assembled an impressive horror résumé. Alongside James Wan (Malignant, Saw), he’ll likely find his name mentioned next to all-time greats like Carpenter and Craven. He’s moved from small thrillers (Oculus, Hush) to big-screen scares (Ouija: Origin of Evil) to marque Stephen King adaptations (Doctor Sleep). Both his Netflix […]

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Nightbooks a Near Perfect Balance Of Scary and Whimsical For Gateway Horror

Maybe as tricky as mixing horror and comedy, the gateway horror movie is tough to get right. It needs to be scary, but not traumatizing, while being for kids yet not childish. In the 1980s, Poltergeist, Gremlins, The Gate, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space introduced a generation of kids to the horror genre. For […]

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Prey Can’t Survive Bland Execution of a Familiar Premise

Though survival horror works on a straightforward premise, it’s one ripe for potentially brutal stakes. To date, Deliverance remains a potent early example of the subgenre. In recent years, we’ve seen horror tinker with the narrative in some underrated gems including The Ritual, Downrange, and Killing Ground. And while there’s probably still plenty of straight-to-VOD […]

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Black Summer’s Currency A Little Bankrupt on Story Advancement

We’re past Season 2’s halfway point in Black Summer now and the zombie series seems to have found its footing. Though White Horse slowed things down again, the fifth episode didn’t skimp on stakes and introduced a little more emotional depth. Now Episode Six, which is entitled Currency, brings us back to the present timeline. […]

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The Swarm Buzzes Onto Netflix with Skin-Crawling Horror

Insects – big or small – have historically made for creepy horror movie antagonists. In the atomic horror era of the 1950s’, giant, radioactive-infused bugs (Them, Deadly Mantis, Tarantula) crawled onto drive-in screens. Next, 1970s eco-horror gave us ridiculous movies like Squirm, Frogs, and the actually not bad Phase IV. As the 1990s and 2000s […]

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Aftermath Is An Afterthought Based On A Better Movie

‘Based on a true story’ may be one of the more overused horror movie tropes. Of course, the expression really means ‘loosely based’ or ‘sort of inspired by’. If you’re a believer in the paranormal then maybe there was a haunting in Amityville though it likely didn’t include Rod Steiger chewing the scenery. And there […]

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