Freaky: Gender Swap Horror Finds More Life in the Slasher Subgenre

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember the brief 80’s craze with body-switching comedies. Everyone from Fred Savage to, yes, Kirk Cameron, got in on the act. Flash forward 20 years and Hollywood recycled the fad with 13 Going on 30 and the Rob Schneider clunker, Hot Chick. So in a year where most studios shelved […]

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Copycat: After All, Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Following The Silence of the Lambs‘ box office and critical success, the serial killer was omnipresent in psychological thrillers. When FBI agent Robert Ressler coined the term in the early 1980s, mass media elevated the mass murderer to ]moral panic. But Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel proved the serial killer could do […]

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Hacksaw: Some Legends Should Probably Stay Dead

Looking to cash in on the low-budget grindhouse aesthetic that Rob Zombie and Eli Roth perfected, Anthony Leone’s 2020 indie horror, Hacksaw, hits VOD platforms this week. To his credit, first-time director Leone is almost a one-man show, taking on writing, producing, and cinematography credits. Though Leone demonstrates ambition, Hacksaw follows a familiar blueprint. Based […]

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FearDotCom – An Invalid URL of Horror

Today, it’s easy to pick out something frightening about the Internet. The Dark Web, conspiracy websites, identity theft, data-mining, online predators – take your pick. But back in the early 2000’s, long before SnapChat or TikTok, the Internet was still a nascent entity. Downloading a single song could take an entire day. And people really […]

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See No Evil: Unimaginative Slasher Unlikely To Hook Horror Fans

What do you get when World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and a former adult filmmaker come together to make a slasher movie? The answer – See No Evil. Since its formation, WWE Studios has largely produced low-budget action and horror movies headlined by their own professional wrestling stars. Fun fact – WWE Studios has released six […]

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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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