Resurrection Slow Burns To a Disturbing Boiling Point

As the bigger event horror movies have marched into theaters this summer, smaller indie horror movies have quietly tried to scratch out niches on VOD platforms. Last week, Resurrection – starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth – found itself sandwiched between Jordan Peele’s Nope and the upcoming Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. And the twisty psychological thriller […]

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The Rental Will Have You Vetting Your Next Airbnb More Carefully

Another 2020 release the COVID-19 pandemic impacted, Dave Franco’s directorial debut, The Rental, saw modest success at a time where release delays were commonplace. Franco’s psychological thriller opened up in a handful of movie theatres while simultaneously landing on Apple TV. And audiences were pretty receptive giving The Rental a seal of approval. In general, […]

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Diabolique Remake Lost Something in the Translation

In the 1980s and 1990, Hollywood took a fancy to remaking European classics – the horror movie remake wouldn’t begin in earnest until the turn of the century. More often than not, these remakes missed what made these movies classics in the first place. One of the most common flaws of American updates of Euro-thrillers […]

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Watcher Re-Imagines Rear Window For a New Audience

There’s a good reason why he was recognized as the ‘Master of Suspense’. Years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock’s influence on thriller and horror genres hasn’t waned. Identifying the most influential movie from his filmography is pretty daunting stuff. But Rear Window has inspired countless thrillers (and horror movies) from Fright Night to Disturbia. Following […]

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6:45 Offers a Darker Take on Groundhog Day

Among just a few new horror releases this week, 6:45 gives us another horror take on Groundhog Day. Unlike Happy Death Day, this one promises fewer laughs and a more grim tone. Science fiction has successfully played with time loops in Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code, Looper, and Deja Vu. And last year, Shudder’s feminist […]

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The Weekend Away a Safe, Tepid Thriller

Maybe The Weekend Away didn’t get the memo. After The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window skewered straightforward thrillers, Netflix releases its latest original movie … another straightforward thriller. All the basics for a decent psychological thriller are present. There’s an exotic locale, a mystery novel as the […]

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Hell is Empty: Indie Thriller Promises a ‘Cult of Personality’

February is officially over and we’ve moved onto March, with spring just around the corner. And several new horror movies make their way to various streaming and VOD platforms this week. Amongst this crop of new releases. Hell is Empty promises to take audiences into a small cult of sister-wives under the spell of a […]

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Rucker Runs Low On Diesel in this Road Trip Serial Killer Movie

America has miles of empty, desolate highway. And horror movies have exploited these for some classic results. From Steven Spielberg’s Duel to Jeepers Creepers, horror movie characters have been running on fumes cross-country in the USA. Common sense would suggest that drivers would be best to avoid hitchhikers (The Hitcher, House of 1000 Corpses). But […]

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