Ruin Me: Neo-Slasher Invites You To Camp Out

Haunted attractions are big business. Forget about haunted hayrides. Now you can watch a screening of Jaws while floating on a lake. Or you can take a tour the campsite where Sean S Cunningham filmed the original Friday the 13th. Too tame. Try spending the night at a horror-themed campsite. Never one to miss a […]

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Hell House LLC 2 Cordially Invites You Back to The Abaddon Hotel

As it turns out, Christmas isn’t the only holiday that encourages giving. With Halloween just over a month away, horror-streaming service Shudder surprised horror fans. Last week, Shudder debuted the surprise sequel to found-footage gem, Hell House LLC. The first film was a hidden gem that showed the found-footage format could still produce scares. With […]

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Hell House LLC Scares New Life out of Found Footage

Hell House LLC probably suffered somewhat from audience burnout with found-footage horror (FFH). Despite a release almost two years ago to most VOD-streaming platforms, Stephen Cognetti’s fun little horror film has largely languished in obscurity. I saw it for the first time last fall and was pleasantly surprised. With a Shudder-exclusive sequel released earlier this […]

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Revenge Spins An Exploitation Subgenre on Its Head

The rape-revenge thriller has a controversial place within the larger horror genre. Films like The Last House on the Left and I Spit On Your Grave courted controversy way back in the 1970’s. While both of these films have been remade in the last decade, critical attention on sexual violence in media has only intensified. […]

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Downrange: Survival Horror That Goes for the Jugular

The term ‘downrange’ is a military term referring to a combat zone. It’s an apt title for the Ryuhei Kitamura horror-thriller that merges survival horror with slasher film sensibilities. Downrange debuted last September at the Midnight Madness event of the Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier this week, the horror-streaming platform, Shudder, made Downrange available for […]

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Mayhem: A Fun, Bloody Climb Up the Corporate Ladder

Early in 2017 Blumhouse Productions released The Belko Experiment, an action-horror hybrid satirizing the American corporate workplace as a kill-or-be-killed environment. Sadly, while not a terrible film, The Belko Experiment was a mixed bag. Arguably, it missed more often than nailed its dark satirical tone. Directed by Joe Lynch, Mayhem didn’t enjoy the wide theatrical release […]

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