The Haunting Remake: CGI Ghosts Can’t Conjure Up Scares

The ‘haunted house‘ is a staple of the horror genre. Vast hallways. Cobwebs. Creepy paintings. Eccentric caretakers. A bloody history of tragedy. These familiar tropes have coalesced into some eerily fantastic horror movies from The Innocents to The Amityville Horror to Poltergeist. Undoubtedly, one of the best haunted house movies is Robert Wise’s The Haunting. […]

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Haunted or Cursed: The Conjuring Universe Movies Ranked

With nearly $650 million dollars in box office receipts, The Conjuring Universe is an unqualified success. Outside of Marvel, James Wan and company have accomplished something pretty noteworthy. The fact that this is a horror universe just makes its success even sweeter for genre fans. Yes, critical reaction to the movies as varied widely, the […]

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Annabelle Comes Home: The Conjuring’s Greatest Hits

Aside from a couple of poorly received entires, The Conjuring franchise has been box office gold. Arguably it’s one of the more successful shared filmr-verses outside of Marvel. Even the critically underwhelming The Nun qualified as a box office hit. But recently released Annabelle Comes Home is now the seventh movie in the series, including […]

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Bad Ben: DIY Found-Footage Haunts Familiar Ground

Cannibal Holocaust introduced the idea of ‘found-footage’. Nearly 20 years later, The Blair Witch Project fully embraced the concept. And when Paranormal Activity replaced the Saw franchise as the annual Halloween tradition, the found-footage horror (FFH) was officially its own subgenre. Though over-saturation has led to FFH fizzling out, hidden gems occasionally surface. Nigel Bach’s […]

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The Dead Zone: A Chilling Blend of Supernatural and Human Drama

Stephen King week continues here with another blast from the past. Though it wouldn’t be accurate to characterize The Dead Zone as underrated, this 1983 film adaptation has maybe been forgotten in the shuffle of all the Hollywood treatments of King’s work. But it’s David Cronenberg and Stephen King and Christopher Walken. That’s a lot […]

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The Amityville Murders: An Uninspired Trip Down Memory Lane

Maybe you’re heard of the the Amityville haunting? The DeFeo Family murders on Long Island, New York? Or the Lutz family’s paranormal encounters? If not, you may be the only person entertained by the latest movie based on the infamous case. Since Jay Anson published The Amityville Horror in 1977, horror filmmakers have made just […]

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Doom Room: ‘Doomed’ By Familiarity

Among a small handful of new indie horror hitting streaming platforms this week, Doom Room arguably boasts the most intriguing premise. Writer and director Jon Keeyes sets his provocative thriller in what’s largely a single room. Doom Room also stars fan favourite ‘Scream Queen’ Debbie Rochon. Alternately titled Nightmare Box, it looks like this is […]

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Screaming Meemies: No One Wakes Up From Hill House’s Nightmare

We’re down to the last two episodes and there are so many questions left. Can Mike Flanagan and The Haunting of Hill House deliver an emotionally satisfying conclusion that also addresses most of the missing puzzle pieces? That remains to be seen, but prepare yourself for a downer of an episode. It’s entitled Screaming Meemies, […]

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Two Storms Delivers Hill House’s Best Episode Yet

Finally, after five episodes, Two Storms puts all of the living Crain family members together. Unfortunately, it’s a family reunion for the wrong reasons. All of the Crains arrive at the Harris Family Funeral Home for Nell’s viewing. In both past and present timelines, trauma and open wounds culminate in raw confrontations against the backdrop […]

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The Bent Neck Lady: Hill House Finally Moves Its Story Forward

We’re at the halfway point in The Haunting of Hill House. Finally, we get our Nell-focused episode and, hopefully, get more insight into the tragedy that has set the series in motion. No cold open – just straight to the title credits. The Past – Come Home Nell No cold open in The Bent Neck […]

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