Valentine Makes For a Bad Valentine’s Day Date

Welcome to everyone’s least favourite fake holiday – Valentine’s Day. During the golden era of the slasher, studios 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-lite renaissance. Over the next few years, several […]

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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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Scream 4: A Decent Stab at Reviving a Franchise

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

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April Fool’s Day: Get in on the Joke

By 1986, the ‘golden age’ of the slasher movie was coming to a close. Sure the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, kept pushing out more sequels. And the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres. But the peak of the glory years had past. April Fool’s Day was one of the […]

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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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