Mara May Put Some Viewers to Sleep

Sleeping and dreams are fertile ground for horror films. Look no further than Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street for proof. To date, no horror movie has come close to replicating the terror induced by Freddy Krueger. However, recent supernatural thriller, Mara, has an almost perfect hook for a horror movie. Sleep […]

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Look Away: A Forgettable Doppelganger of Better Teen Revenge Flicks

Many people would probably agree that high school is an awful time. Generally, teens are a pretty mean-spirited and sulky lot. And don’t forget the cutthroat politics of teen popularity. Joss Whedon crafted Buffy the Vampire Slayer almost entirely around the concept that high school is literally Hell. Not surprisingly then, horror movies have made […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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Bandersnatch Asks Who Is in Control

Black Mirror fans got a nice Boxing Week surprise this past Christmas. No, it wasn’t a new season of the provocative Netflix series. Apparently, Season 4 is just around the corner in 2019. Instead series creator Charlie Brooker surprised fans with Bandersnatch, an interactive feature length movie. More specifically, Brooker has created a ‘choose-your-own’ adventure […]

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The Best of 2018: Top 10 Horror Movies of the Year

Contrary to a certain controversial article, it was another good year for horror movies. From high-concept studio offerings, franchise reboots, to daring indie projects, 2018 had a little something for everyone. So as we prepare to ring in 2019, it’s time to survey my Top 10 Horror Movies unleashed this past year. Before I dive […]

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You: Addictive and Delightfully Trashy Television

Every generation gets its own Hollywood stalking story. The 70’s had Clint Eastwood’s Play Misty For Me. Over a decade later, Fatal Attraction scared cheating men back into their wives’ arms. In the ’90’s we had The Crush and Fear, while the 2000’s gave us Swimfan. Earlier in 2018, Netflix dumped the dreadful Bad Match […]

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Wildling: A Supernatural ‘Coming-of-Age’ Story With Teeth

As 2018 comes to an end, Netflix is finally getting around to streaming smaller horror releases from earlier in the year. Maven Pictures debuted their coming-of-age werewolf film, Wildling, at the South by Southwest in March. Less than a month later, IFC Midnight gave Wildling a limited released in theatres and video-on-demand. Critics were mildly […]

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Bird Box: See No Evil With the Latest Netflix Release

Netflix ends 2018 with one last big original release. Based on a novel by Josh Malerman, Bird Box marks yet another entry in the post-apocalyptic thriller genre. In 2018 alone, the film gods have given us Cargo, The Domestics, Hostile, The Cured, Extinction, and Stephanie. It’s a crowded field to say the least. But Bird […]

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Spinning Man Engages, But Never Quite Thrills

Netflix’s latest psychological thriller, Spinning Man, boasts some pedigree. The strong cast includes Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp, and Clark Gregg. An unrecognizable Jamie Kennedy even turns up in a small role. Less a ‘whodunnit’ and more of a dive into the fragility of memory and truth, Spinning Man clearly was shooting […]

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Gehenna: Now Cursing Netflix

Promotional materials matter. For proof look no further than the posters for Gehenna: Where Death Lives. Its promotional posters call to mind some of the worst Grade-Z horror movies you can imagine. But the Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival gave Gehenna some love. So do we have a hidden gem on our hands? Or does Gehenna’s marketing […]

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