December 31, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
Black Christmas and Halloween didn’t just kick off the slasher subgenre – they turned filmmakers on to holiday-themed horror movies. Following on the heels of Halloween, Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, April Fool’s Day, Graduation Day, and Uncle Sam all capitalized on the calendar. Despite the extent to which it’s celebrated, New Year’s Eve […]
December 20, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery. Fans of Japanese cult classic Battle Royale likely took issue with The Hunger Games. As Christmas gets closer, there will likely be a lot of people sitting down to watch Home Alone again. It’s joined Christmas Vacation and Elf as contemporary Christmas classics. Just don’t tell French […]
September 25, 2020.Reading time less than 1 minute.
June 20, 2019.Reading time 8 minutes.
At the peak of the 2000’s ‘Torture Porn‘ craze, Australian director Greg McLean (Rogue, The Belko Experiment) released Wolf Creek. Despite its modest box office success, critics were divided by the movie’s extremely graphic violence. Far removed from silly slasher violence, Wolf Creek shared more DNA with New French Extremity movies like High Tension, Martyrs, […]
June 18, 2019.Reading time 7 minutes.
Blame The Blair Witch Project, and its shaky camera work. But once The Paranormal Activity franchise took off, horror filmmakers increasingly turned to the found-footage format. Between 2010 and 2015, the horror genre churned out dozens of found-footage titles including The Den, Unfriended, and even a Blair Witch sequel/reboot. One of the better found-footage offerings […]
October 14, 2018.Reading time 6 minutes.
Empathy, Inc marks the second collaboration between director Yedidya Gorsetman, writer Mark Leidner, and producer Josh Itzkowitz. It’s a clever ‘tech noir’ thriller that blends elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and film noir. The film made its east coast premiere earlier tonight at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to […]