Valentine Makes For a Bad Date

We’re just several days out from everyone’s least favourite fake holiday – Valentine’s Day. During the golden era of the slasher film, horror producers gave just about every calendar holiday the movie treatment. Even April Fool’s Day was treated to a horror movie adaptation. When Wes Craven turned the subgenre on its head with Scream he inadvertently re-ignited a brief slasher renaissance. […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Ho Ho … Hold the Controversy

Silent Night, Deadly Night boasts a history shared by few ’80’s horror films. Arguably its infamy far outreaches its quality. At its best, Silent Night, Deadly Night is a sleazy B-movie that hits the ‘so bad, it’s good’ switch. Many horror fans may just consider it plain bad. But when this Christmas chiller was released […]

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Send in the Clowns: Terrifier Is a Cut Above Your Typical Slasher

Apparently quite a few people are afraid of clowns. In fact, there’s even a term for it – coulrophobia. Years before Bill Skarsgard scared up big box office receipts as Stephen King’s Pennywise the Clown, Tim Curry donned the greasepaint for the first attempt at It. American Horror Story gave us Twisty the Clown. Even […]

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Cherry Falls: Subverting the Slasher Narrative

By the year 2000, the slasher-lite revolution ironically kickstarted by Scream was already running out of gas. Knock-off films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend had already produced inferior sequels. A new cycle of horror, ‘Torture Porn’, was also just around the corner. There were undoubtedly a lot of mediocre […]

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High Tension Puts the ‘Extreme’ in ‘New French Extremity’

Coinciding with the American ‘Torture Porn‘ movement in the early to mid-2000’s, the ‘New French Extremity’ subgenre, a term coined by scholar Alexandra West, re-acquainted horror fans with levels of gore and violence missing from theater screens since the early 1980’s. The New French Extremism was an eclectic collection of disparate films that were part […]

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Friday the 13th: Ranking the Films from Worst to First

Happy Friday the 13th, horror fans! For the last several years, every Friday the 13th, I pull out my Blu-ray collection and attempt a Friday the 13th film marathon. To date, I have never managed to get through all 12 films. Hopefully, Friday the 13th, 2018, will be different. At least this year, I will […]

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Friday the 13th: Examining the Legacy of a Classic

It’s hard to believe that the original Friday the 13th was released nearly 28 years ago. Hitting theatres on May 9th, 1980, Friday the 13th would go on to earn just north of $39 million. Over the last three decades, this small film would lead to nine sequels, a crossover film, and a remake. It […]

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Get In on The Joke: April Fool’s Day (1986)

By 1986, the slasher film was by all accounts sputtering to an end after several years of dominating the horror genre. While the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, would continue pushing out more sequels and the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres, the peak of the glory years had past. […]

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Black Creek (2017): Supernatural Thriller More Bloody Awful than Blood-Curdling

Writer-Director James Crow has a growing body of independent genre films to his credit. His latest offering, Black Creek (2017), was released to streaming services just last month. The film’s synopsis promises a blend of slasher film conventions with a supernatural twist. While Black Creek is a low-budget film with no recognizable talent in the […]

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Scream 4 Entertains But Misses the Mark

Scream 4 (2011) would have been a better film if it had been Scream 3 (2000). Okay so that’s not the only problem with the belated entry into the Scream franchise, but it’s definitely one of the bigger issues with a film where the whole doesn’t end up being greater than the sum of its […]

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