Bloody Ballet: A Bloody Mess Of Storytelling

Aside from camp counsellors, does anyone have it harder in horror than professional dancers? Ballet is an apparently brutal profession. And we’ve probably all heard that performers suffer for their craft. The latest straight-to-video psychological horror outing, Bloody Ballet, looks to tread some familiar ground. One part Black Swan, one part Suspiria, Bloody Ballet, or Fantasma, looks […]

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Hold the Dark Is A Brooding and Meditative Thriller

Hold the Dark is the latest collaboration between director Jeremy Saulnier and actor-writer, Macon Blair. Previously, Saulnier and Blair have worked together on independent films Blue Ruin and Green Room. Horror fans have likely seen the lean survival thriller, Green Room. For the uninitiated, Blue Ruin is a beautiful and understated revenge film that you should be […]

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Upgrade: The Revenge Thriller Gets a Gets a Software Update

Jason Blum continues to tighten his grasp over the horror corner of the box office in 2018. While Truth or Dare received tepid reviews, it still grossed just north of $40 million on a tiny $3.5 million production budget earlier in April (Box Office Mojo, nd). Later this year Blumhouse still has the latest Halloween sequel […]

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Green Room: Lean and Raw ‘Punk Rock’ Survival Horror

Green Room has been available on Netflix now for a little while, but the blog is still in its infancy, and this is absolutely a film I wanted to review. Writer and director Jeremy Saulnier was the man behind the brilliant and unique revenge-thriller, Blue Ruin. Even without the critical praise heaped on Green Room, […]

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A Fully Loaded Thriller: Calibre is Smart and Suspenseful Storytelling

Over the last week, Netflix (the Canadian version) has added several thrillers to its streaming platform. Among this new batch of suspense films, Scottish film Calibre popped up on my ‘Recommended List’. With no instantly recognizable actors, a first-time director, and a familiar storyline, I had guarded expectations for Calibre. SPOILER ALERT: I was very […]

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The Five Best Horror Films of 2018 … So Far

It may be hard to believe but here we are – at the halfway point of 2018. The horror genre is having another banner year with one huge box office success and another release already being hailed as a classic. Even the Academy Awards turned its gaze to the horror genre this year. Perhaps it […]

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Us and Them

Us and Them is about as timely and politically relevant as any film in recent memory. Though not a horror film per se, this British crime thriller and satire builds its story around the popular home invasion subgenre. With the past housing mortgage crisis, fears of real estate bubbles, and rising housing costs, the home […]

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Revenge (2017) Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on Its Head

Revenge (2017) Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on its Head A subgenre of exploitation films, the rape-revenge thriller has a controversial place within the larger horror genre. Films like The Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave were courting controversy in the 1970’s. While both of these films have been remade in […]

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The ‘Social Outcast’ and the Bully Revenge Film

This past Wednesday was Anti-Bullying Day, so for this edition of The Chopping Block, we’ll take a look at some of the best of a smaller subgenre in horror, the ‘bully revenge’ horror film. The horror narrative of the ‘social outcast’ who discovers supernatural powers and uses them to exact burial revenge has enjoyed some […]

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