Alone in the Dark: Forgotten Home Invasion Thriller Worth a Few Scares

Before New Line Cinemas struck gold with the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, it was largely an independent film distribution company. By the 1980s, New Line was slowly breaking into producing its own original movies. Not surprisingly, one of its early successes was a small horror movie – Alone in the Dark. And no, not […]

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The Hills Have Eyes Part 2 A Dull 80s Follow-Up To a 70s Classic

In the 1970s, Wes Craven directed two landmark horror movies – The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes. A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream followed in the 80s and 90s. That’s an impressive legacy. Yet somewhere in between The Hills Have Eyes and Elm Street, Craven struggled to connect with […]

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Jason Goes To Hell Lives Up To Its Title In All The Worst Ways

After dominating the 1980’s, Friday the 13th closed out the decade with a whimper. Jason Takes Manhattan, which hit theaters in 1989, remains the lowest earning movie in the series. And its ending didn’t seem to leave much direction for future sequels. Toxic waste that first regresses you to childhood and then melts you tends […]

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Madman a Low-Budget Hidden Gem For Slasher Fans

If Friday the 13th is the A-lister and The Burning is the cult alternative, Madman is the ugly stepchild of 80s camping slasher movies. Though all three movies share obvious similarities, The Burning and Madman are clearly spiritual cousins. Both slashers share the same story DNA – the Cropsey urban legend was the influence for […]

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Fear Street Part Two 1978 Mostly Avoids the Middle Movie Curse of a Trilogy

Finally, Netflix is delivering a major horror movie event. And with movie theatres just opening in some areas, the timing couldn’t be better. Based on RL Stine novels, the streaming platform is in the middle of its Fear Street trilogy. After Fear Street Part One 1994 introduced us to Shadyside and witch Sarah Fier’s curse, […]

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 Kicks Off Netflix Slasher Franchise In Fun Fashion

Over the last few years, Netflix hasn’t put much effort into its horror selection. By and large, horror fans have found movies they’ve seen or generic, uninspiring selections. So it was something of a surprise when the streaming giant announced it was release a trilogy of horror movies in back-to-back-to-back weeks. Based on RL Stine’s […]

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I Know What You Did Last Summer: That Other 90s Teen Slasher That Isn’t Scream

Most of us probably still remember those scholastic book orders from elementary school. If you were a budding horror fan in the 1970s and 1980s, the closest you could get to Stephen King was Lois Duncan’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Goosebumps novels wouldn’t hit bookshelves until the 1990s. And Duncan’s teen suspense […]

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He Knows You’re Alone Recycles Halloween In Middling Slasher

How well do you know your 80s’ slasher movies? Even casual horror fans know Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Child’s Play. More avid horror fans will cite some of the underrated classics like The Burning, Just Before Dawn, or Intruder. And then the slasher purists – the ones on Scream Factory’s […]

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