The Retaliators Makes The Familiar Revenge-Thriller Formula a Bloody Good Time

It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen the premise before, there’s just something about a good revenge movie. And as much fun as A-list revenge thrillers, like Taken, are for audiences, the format seems tailor-made for B-movies. From Massacre at Central High to The Toxic Avenger to Mandy, the Grindhouse format and themes around […]

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Piggy a Revenge Thriller With Bigger Moral Questions on its Mind

This October has been jam-packed with horror offerings for genre fans. Following on the heels of Smile, Netflix cued up the latest Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, as well as two creepy mini-series, The Midnight Club and The Watcher. Over at Disney Plus, the Marvel Cinematic Universe detoured into horror with the one-off special, […]

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Coming Home in the Dark Disturbs With Morally Ambiguous Tale of Revenge

There’s Canuxploitation. And then there’s Ozploitation. The Babadook, Wolf Creek, and Rogue are just a few examples of some the great horror movies that the land Down Under has exported to us. But New Zealand doesn’t have much of a reputation for its horror exports. Peter Jackson (Braindead) does come from New Zealand and the […]

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Becky: Home Alone Meets Brutal 80’s Exploitation Thriller

A revenge-thriller featuring Kevin James as an escaped neo-Nazi convict doesn’t sound appealing. Yes, the Kevin James of not one, but two, Paul Blart movies. Nowadays the former King of Queens star is better known for hanging out with his buddies on Happy Madison Productions‘ movies. But earlier this year, Adam Sandler reminded audiences he […]

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The New Kids: Not the Toughest Revenge Thriller on the Block

In the 1980’s, horror movies were defined by the slasher sub-genre. Similarly, the action-thriller genre was all about vengeance. Revenge thrillers were all the rage in the decade of excess and neon. Death Wish sequels, Ms 45, Savage Streets, The Exterminator, Vigilante, Fighting Back. Most of these movies were grimy, violent, low-budget affairs. And then […]

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