The Last Exorcism Casts Out Decent Demonic Scares From Found-Footage Format

When it hit theatres in 2010, The Last Exorcism was riding the peak of the found-footage horror wave. Three years earlier, Paranormal Activity solidified found-footage as a viable subgenre. Cloverfield, [REC] and its American remake, Quarantine, The Fourth Kind, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, among others, flooded the cineplexes. But The Last […]

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Slaughterhouse Rock An Obscure 80s Horror Movie Suffering From An Allergy to Logic

As slashers declined in popularity by the late 1980s, horror went into something of a temporary recession. The decline coincided with a growth in the VHS market. As a result, many horror movies saw brief or no theatrical runs and instead went straight to videostore shelves. Plenty of obscure horror movies languished in Blockbuster in […]

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Killer Party Invites 80s Horror Fans to an Obscure Canadian Slasher

In the 1980s, Canada exported a few standout slasher movies that achieved some cult status and notoriety. Both Prom Night and My Bloody Valentine are considered B-movie slasher gems. Next in line were decent efforts like Curtains and Happy Birthday to Me. And Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2 straddles the fence between obscure title […]

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Shocker Packed With More Unintentional Laughs Than Jolts

By the late 1980s, the slasher subgenre was long past its expiry date. At this point, most slasher movies were campy straight-to-video efforts that barely qualified as B-movies. Occasionally, a high concept slasher, like Child’s Play, still broke out and found success. But not even Wes Craven could really revive the slasher in 1989. He’d […]

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The Medium A Rare Horror Movie That Genuinely Disturbs

Asian cinema has been a leader in the horror genre going on for two decades strong now. In the early 2000s, J-Horror was all the rage. Western horror fans gobbled up movies like The Ring, Pulse, and The Grudge. And Hollywood studios quickly signed up for remakes. Likewise, Korean (The Wailing, Train to Busan) and […]

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The Deep House Finds Some New Scares in Familiar Haunted House Conventions

Following the breakthrough success of the intense Inside, French filmmaking duo, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, have struggled to find the perfect follow-up project. While their Leatherface prequel boasted the same in-your-face shocks and violence, it failed to connect with Texas Chainsaw fans. Smaller projects, including Among the Living and Kandisha, were similarly mixed. But […]

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The First Power: You Can’t Keep a Good Serial Killer Down

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A serial killer believed to be dead, resurrected from the grave, continues his bloody spree? Wes Craven did it in Shocker. Lance Henriksen hunted a serial killer’s spirit in The Horror Show. Body Parts, Trick or Treat, Fallen – they’re all variations on the same premise. At […]

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