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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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker: Little Seen 80s Oedipal Exploitation Thriller

As 1970s’ exploitation and splatter horror gave way to the slasher era of the 1980s, horror movies occasionally straddled styles. The result was some tonally oddball movie like Nightmare Beach, Pieces, Humanoids from the Deep, Sleepaway Camp, and Madman. While these movies had recognizable slasher DNA, their atmosphere and aesthetics felt like spiritual descendants of […]

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Initiation Subverts Slasher Tropes in #MeToo Era Horror

Another movie that missed its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2020, Initiation, or Init!iation, finally made its way to VOD platforms this past week. Part slasher movie, part social media horror, director John Berardo promises a horror movie that avoids some of the subgenre’s familiar tropes. Based on the promotional materials, Initiation still […]

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Humongous: Canadian VHS Slasher Will Grow On You

If you’re old enough, Canadian slasher movie Humongous might look familiar. Even if you never saw the movie, you probably caught the VHS cover along the top shelf in the horror section. Yet even at the height of the slasher movie cycle, Humongous didn’t make much of an impression. Its director, Paul Lynch, fared much […]

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Birthday Slash: Six Birthday-Themed Horror Movies For Your Goodie Bag

Horror loves events. Not just holiday-themed movies, either. After Halloween defied box office expectations in 1978, the horror genre was looking to adapt just about any holiday or calendar event. Hence, we have Christmas and Valentine’s Day-themed movies alongside April Fool’s Day and Friday the 13th. We’ve got Prom Night and Graduation Day and even […]

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Dr Giggles: Is There a Script Doctor In The House?

Aside from a handful of exceptions, the period between the slasher’s ‘Golden Era’ and Wes Craven’s Scream was a downturn for horror. For every Jacob’s Ladder there was a Brainscan or Man’s Best Friend. And it was in this horror ‘dead zone’ that Universal Pictures released horror-comedy, Dr Giggles. Nearly thirty years later it’s hard […]

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Blood Fest: Theme Park Slasher Offers a Familiar Ride

When Wes Craven made Scream he kickstarted a more self-aware approach to horror. It was a self-reflective work Craven had tried previously with New Nightmare. Initially, Scream begot a wave of slasher-lite knockoffs that kind of missed Craven’s point. But the meta-slasher would eventually gain traction. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Tucker […]

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