Rituals a Criminally-Underseen Canuxploitation Horror Movie

Today, deformed hillbillies terrorizing big-city folk deep in the woods is old hat. Since ‘Dueling Banjos’ played for the first time in Deliverance, horror movies have exploited urban fear of the rural. Call it hillbilly horror, redneck horror, or rural, it’s a subgenre that includes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, and Wrong […]

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Pitchfork: A Better-Than-Expected Rural Slasher Flick

Sometimes simple is better. After roughly four decades of slasher movies, there’s probably not much else that can be done with the subgenre. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just a straightforward ‘stalk and slash’ movie. Case in point, the 2017 limited release, Pitchfork. With a generic horror movie title and some equally run-of-the-mill promotional […]

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The Marshes a Soggy Aussie Horror

Most horror fans can probably agree that Netflix’s catalogue leaves much to be desired. Enter horror-streaming service, Shudder. In addition to a pretty impressive library of older horror movies, Shudder platforms some decent indie productions. Last year, Shudder released two stand-outs in Prevenge and Revenge. Now early in 2020, Shudder’s latest release is Aussie slasher […]

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The Farm: More Weeds Than Scares In This Hillbilly Horror Movie

‘Hillbilly’ backwoods horror has been alive and kicking since before even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre shocked audiences. Arguably, you could go back to the 1968 cult movie, Spider Baby, starring Lon Chaney Jr, for the first real backwoods horror movie. From Motel Hell to Wrong Turn, horror gives each new generation of fans its own […]

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The ‘Rural Other’ in Backwoods Horror

John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance is considered a landmark achievement in cinema. Its story of four ‘big city’ friends stalked and assaulted by backwoods locals on a wilderness canoe trip earned multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. While not a horror film, Deliverance played a significant role in popularizing one of horror’s most popular subgenres […]

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Children of the Corn: Runaway Surprisingly Better Than Expected

Truth be told, the original Children of the Corn is a mixed bag. Based on a Stephen King short story, the movie deviated significantly from its source material. Still there are some genuinely creepy moments and a few jumps. Throw in a bit of nostalgia and Children of the Corn deserves some guilty pleasure status. […]

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