The Sentinel a (Justifiably) Forgotten 70s Occult Thriller

Arguably, the 1970s was one of the best decades for horror. As censorship and content standards relaxed, the horror genre – and movies in general – experimented with style and subject. It was also a decade where public interest in the occult hit a peak. Following on the heels of 1960s counterculture, new age movements […]

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Anything For Jackson a Chilling Canadian Occult Horror

The 1980s was a decade defined by greed where the ‘rich got richer’. And it’s also the decade that saw a ‘Satanic Panic’ grip the United States. From handwringing over heavy metal music to a primetime special edition of Geraldo, Americans believed that Satanists were hiding in plain sight across the countryside. Recent horror movies […]

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The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It: Mostly Satisfying Sequel Possesses Enough Scares For Fans

Since The Conjuring haunted theatres in 2013, its shared universe of sequels and spin-offs has carved out a lucrative box office franchise. While Annabelle: Creation and Annabelle Comes Homes nearly approached the main movies’ quality, the spin-offs have been mixed. Neither The Nun nor The Curse of La Llorona impressed critics or audiences. But The […]

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Lord of Illusions: Clive Barker’s Underrated Supernatural Noir

Though Stephen King is still the ‘Master of Horror’, Clive Barker is an undeniably unique voice in the literary genre. And as a filmmaker, Barker’s directorial efforts are marked improvements over King’s one-shot directing gig, Maximum Overdrive. Behind the camera, Barker directed both Hellraiser and Nightbreed, both uniquely classic additions to horror. After Nightbreed failed […]

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Stir of Echoes: Kevin Bacon “Sees Dead People”

Across the board, the year 1999 was a great one for movies. Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, Toy Story 2, Magnolia, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Matrix – all movies that still hold up today. And for horror fans, The Sixth Sense and The Blair Witch Project – both genre classics – hit […]

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Constantine Re-Visited: Another Look at the Comic Adaptation in the ‘Keanaissance’

Today, we have certain expectations of superhero movies. In the era of shared cinematic universes, we want mid- and post-credit scenes, connections to existing movies, and set-ups for future intellectual properties. But in 2005, Sam Raimi was one year removed from Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins was just hitting theaters, and we were a year away […]

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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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The Craft: Still A Bewitching Teen Horror

Released on May 3rd, 1996, The Craft was a minor box office success grossing just $25 million dollars in theaters. On Rotten Tomatoes, the teen witches film has a ‘Rotten’ rating of just 50% from 32 reviewers. Yet the teen-centric horror film has built a sizable cult following among fans, particularly horror buffs who grew […]

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