May 24, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
Never quite as popular as either vampires or zombies, werewolf movies present something of a challenge for indie horror filmmakers. Regardless of storytelling liberties or creative editing, audiences inevitably expect a convincing werewolf to appear on screen. With this in mind, indie filmmaker Wayne David tries to pull of a psychological take on the werewolf […]
May 1, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
Drugged out horror has a small, if not interesting, history in horror. Golden Era slashers played out like conservative wish fulfilment where young people having sex and doing drugs met awful fates. But drug-infused horror has more often allowed directors to unleash a surreal psychedelic nightmare world on audiences. Gaspar Noé’s Climax was a hallucinatory-trip […]
April 23, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
While big-title horror releases continue to succeed at the box office in 2023, more experimental genre efforts are quietly finding a niche for themselves. Ari Aster’s (Hereditary, Midsommar) latest Beau Is Afraid challenges the traditional boundaries of what constitutes horror. Earlier this year, Skinamarink and The Outwaters challenged the notions of storytelling and narrative. Now […]
February 4, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
And the M. Night Shyalaman comeback tour-lite continues. After several critical and box office duds, Shyalaman course-corrected with the creepy found-footage thriller, The Visit. While his subsequent output has been a bit mixed, Shyalaman has re-discovered footing with the excellent Split and ‘decent enough’ Glass and Old. For his latest thriller, Knock at the Cabin, […]
December 1, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
As 2022 comes to a close, a quiet November for horror finds Shudder offering another new original release. On one hand, a psychological serial killer thriller hardly feels like a fresh way to end off the year for a streaming platform that has offered some risky genre fare. If you haven’t had your fill of […]
September 23, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
Earlier this year Ti West (House of the Devil) wowed horror fans with his subversive take on the slasher, X. Then West delivered a pleasant surprise with the announcement that he had secretly filmed a prequel to X that would release later this year. And now the prequel, Pearl, is in theaters with Mia Goth […]
September 18, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Some movies just don’t need to be remade. Jaws, The Godfather, Goodfellas – these are just a few examples of movie that work every bit as well as they did upon release. Amongst the better horror movies of the 21st century, Austrian creepfest Goodnight Mommy wasn’t crying out for a remake either. Subtly unsettling, atmospheric, […]
August 23, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Last week, indie horror When I Consume You finally made its way to VOD platforms after quietly impressing people on the film festival circuit. Its director, writer, and producer, Perry Blackshear previously impressed with They Look Like People, which you can still find on Netflix. When I Consume You actually marks the director’s third feature-length […]