March 5, 2020.Reading time 7 minutes.
I’ve said it several times in other posts, but will repeat it again. In contrast to the 1970’s and 1980’s, the 90’s was a relatively disappointing period for horror. Certainly, several horror classics were released in the decade of flannel. Candyman, Jacob’s Ladder, In The Mouth of Madness – just to name a few examples. […]
February 8, 2019.Reading time 7 minutes.
Thirty-nine years ago, on Feb. 8 1980, legendary horror film director, John Carpenter, released The Fog, his follow-up to Halloween (1978). A minor hit at the box-office (Box Office Mojo, n.d.), The Fog hasn’t received the same affection as other Carpenter films. Halloween is rightly held up as a classic of the horror genre. Over […]
January 31, 2019.Reading time 8 minutes.
No, Cobra is technically not a horror movie. Still it’s concept of an army of ax-wielding serial killers evokes some horror imagery. Besides, this George P. Cosmatos-directed Stallone ‘shoot’em up’ was tailor-made for the Worst Movie Ever column. As a side note, Cosmatos’ son, Panos Cosmatos directed the bonkers Nicolas Cage flick, Mandy. Released at […]
December 29, 2018.Reading time 8 minutes.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains a pivotal modern horror film. Tobe Hooper’s nihilistic masterpiece was a forerunner to the 80’s slasher craze. Yet as compared to the film franchises it inspired, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has a pretty spotty franchise track record. There are bad Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Elm Street movies. But those […]
December 6, 2018.Reading time 5 minutes.
It’s been two months since the last (and first) edition of The Blu-Ray Bin. In this edition, we’ve got a couple of Stephen King offerings, a remake, and a genuine 1990’s classic. Sleepwalkers Available: Nov. 6th 2018 Distributed by: Scream Factory There are a lot of movies based on Stephen King’s literary library. If you can’t […]
October 2, 2018.Reading time 4 minutes.
This is the first edition of the Blu-Ray Bin, a new column I hope to post once each month. My goal here is to provide some quick bullet-reviews of horror films recently released on Blu-ray. The column will serve as a round-up of what’s been released each month. Since this is the first edition of […]
September 7, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
Generally, the 1990’s was not the best decade for horror. Slasher films dominated the previous decade, but when that well ran dry the genre lacked direction. Of course, great horror films were made in the ’90’s. On average, however, the 1990’s felt far removed from the boundary-pushing horror of the 1970’s. For a few years […]
May 15, 2018.Reading time 10 minutes.
Anthology films in the horror genre have cycled in and out of style over the decades. Amicus Productions, for instance, was largely built around anthology films in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The success of Creepshow spawned a few attempts at re-visiting the anthology film in the 1980’s. And in the last decade, horror fans have […]