The Faculty: A 90’s Honor Roll Horror Movie

In 1998, horror was back in a big way. Wes Craven’s Scream kicked off a slasher-lite revival. I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know, Disturbing Behavior, and Urban Legend followed quickly, targeting teen audiences. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson also played a significant role in the 90’s horror revival. The Dawson’s Creek creator penned […]

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Ghosts of Mars: Too Campy Or Not Campy Enough?

Nobody’s perfect. Even the best have an off-day once in a while. Critics and horror fans alike regard John Carpenter as one of the genre’s greatest filmmakers. Certainly, the praise is well placed. Carpenter’s filmography includes bona fide classics – Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York. And his smaller movies – Assault on […]

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Brightburn: ‘The Bad Seed’ Meets Superman

What if instead of being a benevolent force for ‘truth, justice, and the American way’, Superman saw us as an inferior nuisance to be conquered. That’s the premise driving sci-fi/horror flick, Brightburn. Fan favourite James Gunn produced the early summer release. Alongside Gunn, frequent collaborator David Yarovesky made his directorial debut. Making it a family […]

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Paranoia and Pods: Invasion of the Body Snatchers A Genre Classic

Contrary to popular opinion, Hollywood has been remaking movies for decades. Even Charlton Heston’s 1959 classic, Ben-Hur was a remake of a 1925 movie. Another case in point – 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To date, Hollywood has adapted Jack Finney’s novel, The Body Snatchers, four times. In fact, director Don Siegel first adapted […]

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Lifeforce: The Only 80’s Movie About Naked Space Vampires

Tobe Hooper directed several memorable horror movies over the course of his career. Though he’s best known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hooper’s eclectic filmography included Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot, and ‘hillbilly’ horror Eaten Alive. To say that his 1985 movie, Lifeforce, might be his most bizarre would be an understatement. Based on a novel called […]

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Await Further Instructions: An Uninspired Twilight Zone Episode

British science fiction-horror hybrid Await Further Instructions has finally arrived on Netflix. To date, I’ve seen no marketing materials outside of a handful of trailers. Nonetheless, the British sci-fi thriller promises to mix Black Mirror ideas with the familiar narrative of a handful of survivors trapped and pitted against one another in a confined space. […]

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The Fly (1958): A Classic That Deserves To Be Passed On

Universal Studios and their Gothic supernatural monsters dominated the horror genre for two decades. Following World War II and the dawn of the atomic age, horror films looked to the skies or science for frights. Science fiction and horror formed a mutually beneficial relationship across drive-in theatres in North America during the 1950’s. One of […]

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The Endless: An Engaging Fusion of Horror, Mystery, and Science Fiction

In 2012, a science-fiction–horror hybrid called Resolution hit VOD services. Directed by the duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Resolution followed two old friends holed up in a run-down house out in the desert and stalked by an unseen entity. It boasted an intriguing premise that was masterfully executed with the kind of growing tension that […]

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The Thing: Thawing Critical Reception After Over 30 Years

In 1982, upon its initial release on June 25, John Carpenter’s The Thing underwhelmed at the box office. It was met with with either indifference or derision from film critics. Today, The Thing is considered a classic in the horror genre and among the best works of Carpenter. What a difference a few decades make. With the […]

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Technology in Horror: A Brave New World of Terror

Horror films resonate with audiences in part because they allow us to explore ours fears in the safety of theatres. The Jetsons may have promised a future where technology and humanity lived in harmony, but our reality is entirely different. The interconnected digital world has given us instant content-on-demand where almost no aspects of our lives […]

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