May 21, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Among trends in horror over the last several years, the centering of social media as not just a plot device but key theme has increased. Not surprisingly, horror has taken great pleasure in targeting influencers and the ‘likes-based’ culture of social media. Though it wasn’t as widely seen as examples like Unfriended, Don’t Hang Up […]
March 8, 2023.Reading time 11 minutes.
By the 1970s, horror found itself in a transition stage. Studios like Hammer Films and American International Pictures, which had dominated the genre in the previous decade, were looking pretty dated. That is, the Gothic horror of Hammer’s Dracula and Frankenstein series and AIP’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations struggled to compete with horror’s shift to […]
January 1, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
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 […]
October 19, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
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, […]
September 29, 2022.Reading time 9 minutes.
Social media horror has totally been trending over the last few years. For horror filmmakers interesting in a bit of social commentary with their jumps, several recent movies have taken aim at influencer subculture and the social media obsession with followers and ‘likes’. Some of these movies have used social media or influencers simply propel […]
September 8, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
As summer gives way to fall and Halloween quickly approaches, Shudder continues to platform a diverse range of horror movies. Everything from obscure old movies to international offerings, the mini-horror Netflix continues to distinguish itself as the best option for international horror fans outside of Screambox. Today, Shudder has released African horror movie, Saloum. From […]
June 6, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
Casual horror fans may not be familiar with early 80s horror release, Evilspeak. At first glance, it’s a B-movie that mixes Stephen King’s Carrie with bits of leftover 70s occult and early techno-horror. The star, Clint Howard – director Ron Howard’s brother – was best known the children’s series Gentle Ben. But Evilspeak found some […]
September 30, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
As a screenwriter, Simon Barrett has put together some impressive credentials. Though it’s largely gone unseen, Barrett’s first writing credit, the supernatural western Dead Birds, was a decent little movie. Over the last decade, Barrett has collaborated with horror director Adam Wingard on You’re Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch. With Wingard branching off into […]