The Baby a Disturbing Example of Early 70’s Exploitation Cinema

As the Hays Code receded and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) rating system too over, Western cinema took a drastic turn into the experimental in the late 60s and 1970s. Briefly, this was an era that saw a rise in more risky story-telling. Art-house sensibilities mixed with box office mainstream in movies like […]

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The Cell: Disturbing, stunning Visuals Overcome Familiar Serial Killer Story

As the 90s gave way to the 2000s, the serial killer psychological thrillers that dominated the decade began to recede. Too many thrillers tried, and failed, to recreate the horror of Silence of the Lambs and Se7en. Moreover, Torture Porn and the New French Extremity were just off in the distance. Somewhere in between these […]

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Resurrection: The 90s Serial Killer Movie That’s Totally Not ‘Se7en’

After Silence of the Lambs took the Oscars and box office by storm, serial killers were all the rage. Copycat, Body Parts, Jennifer 8, Ghost in the Machine – without exception none of these movies approached Hannibal Lecter. By the late 1990s, the serial killer moral panic had largely faded. But that didn’t stop filmmakers […]

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Oxygen: Sci-Fi Thriller Gives You Little Room to Breathe

From the New French Extremity and splatter flicks to ‘nature strikes back’ horror, Alexandre Aja has amassed an impressive filmography. To date, Aja’s highs – High Tension, Crawl, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes – outnumber his career lows – Mirrors. But Aja’s latest release, Oxygen, marks a significant departure from past work. What looks […]

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Unhinged: Road Rage Thriller Has Just Enough Mileage In the Tank

Let it be known, Unhinged was the first movie to do a wide theatrical release amidst COVID. That may be a good, bad, or completely indifferent fact. But in a year where studios delayed our most anticipated movies, Russell Crowe and company braved the pandemic and hit our local cineplexes. It’s April and I’m just […]

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The Owners: British Home Invasion Falls Just Short of ‘Hidden Gem’ Status

Since Audrey Hepburn fought off violent criminals in 1967’s Wait Until Dark, the home-invasion thriller has been a staple of horror. From Straw Dogs to The Strangers, Hollywood has exploited the suburban nightmare of ‘others’ invading the domestic sphere. And just when the subgenre was losing steam, a handful of filmmakers found ways to subvert […]

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Run: Mother Knows best In This Roller-Coaster of a Thriller

We’re living in a ‘Golden Age’ of content. No longer do we have to wait for the major studios to produce movies we want to see. Over the last several years, streaming platforms like Netflix, Apple, and Amazon have increasingly moved into content creation. Most recently, Netflix emerged as a big winner when the Oscar […]

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Deadly Illusions: Suspenseless ‘Thriller’ Will Make You Wish You Had Writer’s Block

In addition to awful Christmas movies, Netflix specializes in cheap, knockoff psychological thrillers. Once upon a time, sexualized psychological thrillers – Basic Instinct, Sliver, Fatal Attraction – were hallmarks of the late 80s and early 90s. Too bad Netflix isn’t making those movies. Instead, Netflix thrillers have strayed towards bland and formulaic. Like their Christmas […]

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