Horror Relationship Goals: Iconic Couples of Horror

It’s that time of year. Stuck in the desolation that falls between Christmas and Easter, Valentine’s Day is back. But fear not. Love isn’t just for Hallmark Channel subscribers. Yes, people find love even in horror movies. Of course, it’s usually tragic, cursed, or undead. Nevertheless, horror fans have plenty of options for curling up […]

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Scream 4: A Decent Stab at Reviving a Franchise

Scream 4 would have been a better film if it had been Scream 3. Okay so that’s not the only problem with the belated entry into the Scream franchise. Butit’s definitely one of the bigger issues with a film where the whole doesn’t end up being greater than the sum of its parts. Scream Re-Invigorated […]

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April Fool’s Day: Get in on the Joke

By 1986, the ‘golden age’ of the slasher movie was coming to a close. Sure the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, kept pushing out more sequels. An the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres. But the peak of the glory years had past. April Fool’s Day was one of the […]

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Scream: Is It Still Your Favourite Scary Movie?

When I decided to include a section of the blog entitled The Vault, the intent was to explore movies that have significantly impacted horror. In the last 25 to 30 years, has any horror movie had as much impact as Wes Craven’s Scream? Released on December 20, 1996, Scream is arguably one of the most […]

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Malevolence Overcomes Familiarity To Genuinely Disturb

Perhaps no other horror sub-genre is better-suited to low-budget, DIY filmmaking than the slasher film. Malevolence is one of dozens of micro-budgeted slasher films produced and released since Scream re-invigorated the sub-genre. Yet unlike most of those other movies, Malevolence somehow secured a limited, albeit unsuccessful, theatrical run. Written and directed by Steven Mena, Malevolence […]

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Urban Legend: The Beginning of the End for the Slasher Renaissance

Last weekend, Slender Man brought the Internet urban legend to life on the big screen. Sadly, the meme-based boogeyman was a critical dud. It’s too bad because urban legends are rich with opportunity for horror films. Most urban legends have developed over years based on deeply entrenched fears just waiting to be exploited. In a […]

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Wes Craven: Remembering The Master’s Best Films

It’s hard to believe that one of horror’s masters has been gone now for almost three years. A glance at Wes Craven’s filmography offers a staggering reminder of the contributions he made to the genre. In fact, Craven re-imagined horror in three different decades. The Last House on the Left was one of a handful of 1970’s […]

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The Final Girl: Five Best Examples in Friday the 13th

Today, horror fans are pretty familiar with the concept of the ‘Final Girl’. Following Wes Craven’s post-modern Scream , slasher films have only gotten more meta In fact, horror movies now openly acknowledge the ‘Final Girl’ trope. Little seen and underrated Cherry Falls flipped the convention by having its killer targeting virgins. Cult classic Behind the […]

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