The Sadness a Boundary-Pushing Zombie Movie

Another week, another zombie movie premieres on Shudder. At face value, The Sadness doesn’t promise much outside of the familiar narrative. But this Taiwanese horror movie comes with a buzz generally reserved for the most shocking horror movies. Its violence and purported willingness to cross just about any boundary may draw comparisons to A Serbian […]

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The Twin a Creepy, Occasionally Scary Thriller That Shares Too Much DNA With Other Creepy Kid Movies

Last week, Shudder released its latest original production, The Twin to mixed reactions. From Finnish director Taneli Mustonen, who gave us the underrated 2016 slasher Lake Bodom, The Twin looks to tread some familiar ground. We’ve seen plenty of creepy kid (Children of the Corn, The Children) and demonic offspring (The Omen) movies. Even horror […]

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Virus-32 Proves There’s Still Plenty of Life in the Zombie Movie

At face value, Shudder’s latest original release, Virus-32, may feel like a case of ‘been there, done’ that’. For over a decade, zombies were all the rage in horror. While The Walking Dead scored huge ratings, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and the Resident Evil franchise scared up dollars at the box office. […]

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The Cellar: Haunted House Horror Doesn’t Add Up To Many Scares

Do you know what’s scarier than creepy old houses? Cellars of creepy old houses. Horror has no shortage of haunted house movies. And plenty of bad things in horror movies happen in dank cellars. Don’t Breathe. The Amityville Horror, The Conjuring. There’s even scary movies with ‘cellar’ or ‘basement’ right in the title. The Basement. […]

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Blood Conscious An Uneven Mix of Paranoia and Social Commentary

Do you know your neighbours? Your friends? Family? Good horror movies tap into basic fears that transcend time periods. From Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Thing to The Invitation, paranoia has made for fertile ground in the horror genre. One of the strengths of the premise is its malleability. That is, good filmmakers […]

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Siege An Underrated Canuxploitation Entry From the 80s

When crime rates and urban decay were peaking in the United States, the urban-crime thriller became a B-movie staple. Early 70s box office hit Death Wish proceeded a bevy of imitators. Movies like Fighting Back, The Exterminator, Bronx Warriors, Savage Streets, and Vigilante imagined major US cities as dystopian, crime-ridden hellholes. Even the relatively safe […]

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Night’s End Can’t Quite Deliver On A Strong Opening

As 2022 marches on, Shudder continues to serve as one of the best streaming platforms for more obscure titles and smaller, new horror releases. With March winding down and April just around the corner, Shudder’s latest release, Night’s End, marks Jennifer Reeder’s (V/H/S/94) latest feature-length horror effort. Its story of a reclusive man rebuilding his […]

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The Bunker Game Burns Too Slowly For Genuine Scares

This week’s latest offering on Shudder feels like it may have missed the boat by a few years. For the uninitiated, LARPing, or Live Action Role-Playing, is something like playing Dungeons & Dragons. Except you’re outside and actually playing in costume. Maybe you remember that Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott comedy, Role Models? From […]

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