Rucker Runs Low On Diesel in this Road Trip Serial Killer Movie

America has miles of empty, desolate highway. And horror movies have exploited these for some classic results. From Steven Spielberg’s Duel to Jeepers Creepers, horror movie characters have been running on fumes cross-country in the USA. Common sense would suggest that drivers would be best to avoid hitchhikers (The Hitcher, House of 1000 Corpses). But […]

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The Cell: Disturbing, stunning Visuals Overcome Familiar Serial Killer Story

As the 90s gave way to the 2000s, the serial killer psychological thrillers that dominated the decade began to recede. Too many thrillers tried, and failed, to recreate the horror of Silence of the Lambs and Se7en. Moreover, Torture Porn and the New French Extremity were just off in the distance. Somewhere in between these […]

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Resurrection: The 90s Serial Killer Movie That’s Totally Not ‘Se7en’

After Silence of the Lambs took the Oscars and box office by storm, serial killers were all the rage. Copycat, Body Parts, Jennifer 8, Ghost in the Machine – without exception none of these movies approached Hannibal Lecter. By the late 1990s, the serial killer moral panic had largely faded. But that didn’t stop filmmakers […]

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Frailty: Southern Gothic Horror A Disturbing Study of Religious Fever

Over the course of his career, the late Bill Paxton put together an impressive list of credits. A small, but memorable appearance in Terminator, led to star-making supporting roles in Aliens and Near Dark. By the 1990s, Paxton scored roles in several blockbusters including Apollo 13, Twister, and Titanic. But Paxton only got behind the […]

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Serial Killer ‘Snuff” Found-Footage Disturbs

Thought The Hunt had a hard time getting to theatres? Over a decade earlier, the found-footage serial killer movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. But distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) suddenly got cold feet. Given its disturbing content, MGM pulled it from the release schedule. Several years later, The Poughkeepsie Tapes saw a […]

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Women of Horror: Twelve Horror Movies Directed By Women

On International Women’s Day, it’s a good time to remind ourselves of the contributions made by women to the horror genre. Like other movie genres, women have had far fewer opportunities to bring their visions to the screen. Yet some of the more creative and risky horror entries in recent years have come from very […]

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Bloodline: Serial Killer Thriller Drips With Disturbing Family Legacy

Though Blumhouse Production co-produced Bloodline, the psychological horror movie sat on a shelf after premiering on the festival circuit. On the surface, it’s another serial killer ‘hiding in plain sight’ movie Over the last few years, we’ve seen several similarly-themed movies including The Clovehitch Killer, Summer of 84, and The House That Jack Built. Aside […]

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The Clovehitch Killer: Evil Lurks in Unlikely Places

In 2018, The Clovehitch Killer was among several indie thrillers that created positive buzz. Critics were reasonably impressed with the serial killer movie. Sadly, the critical buzz only translated into a very limited theatrical release last fall. Now IFC Midnight has released the thriller onto several VOD-streaming services. Synopsis Tyler Burnside lives a perfectly normal […]

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