Laid to Rest: Low-Budget Slasher Carves Out Brutal Niche

Following the slasher ‘Golden Age’ of the 1980’s, Wes Craven’s Scream re-ignited a brief a slasher-lite renaissance. However, this brief resurgence produced a handful of polished, teen-friendly PG-13 horror that lacked Craven’s insight. Several years later, slasher movies returned, taking one of two approaches. In some cases, movies like Final Girls, Cabin in the Woods, […]

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Slaughter High: The Low-Budget Class Clown of Slashers

After ruling horror for the early half of the decade, slashers had declined – in quality and success – by the latter half of the 80’s. Major slasher franchises, including Friday the 13th, were starting to run out of steam. And many of the later slasher movies were straight-to-video efforts. That’s not to say that […]

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Pitchfork: A Better-Than-Expected Rural Slasher Flick

Sometimes simple is better. After roughly four decades of slasher movies, there’s probably not much else that can be done with the subgenre. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just a straightforward ‘stalk and slash’ movie. Case in point, the 2017 limited release, Pitchfork. With a generic horror movie title and some equally run-of-the-mill promotional […]

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Silent Rage: Chuck Norris Round Kicks the Horror Genre

At one point in their careers, most big-name action stars dipped their toes into horror. Schwarzenegger fought demonic evil in End of Days, while Stallone tried his hand at slashers in Eye See You. Long before there was a Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wesley Snipes was Blade. Jason Statham fought Martians in Ghosts of Mars and […]

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Dead Body: Parlour Games, Sore Losers, and Murder Among Friends

Do you want to play a game? No, sorry, it’s not another Saw sequel or reboot. It’s Dead Body, horror’s version of recent dark comedy, Game Night. An under-the-radar indie slasher, Dead Body, doubles down on a classic slasher device – the ‘whodunnit’. Golden era 80’s slashers often weaved in Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There […]

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Cheerleader Horror Movies: Give me a D … For Dead

This past week, Netflix released its latest binge-worthy docu-series, Cheer. A reality show following a college cheerleading program, Cheer has already amassed a pretty big following. So in the spirit of Netflix’s latest addiction, let’s take a look at some of horror’s most inspired cheerleader horror movies. Though horror movies typically love killing teens and […]

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Nightmare Beach: The Best (Worst) Slasher, Spring Break Something or Other

Nightmare Beach is an under-the-radar horror movie. Despite it’s lack of brand familiarity, this Umberto Lenzi-flick accomplishes an impressive feat. That is, it combines not one, but two, sub-genres whose popularity had receded by the late 80’s – the slasher and the Spring Break teen sex romp. For older horror fans, Nightmare Beach was that […]

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The Furies: A ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Slasher

For horror fans disappointed with Netflix’s catalog, Shudder is your streaming alternative. In addition to a pretty impressive collection of 70’s and 80’s horror, Shudder platforms quite a bit of indie horror. Currently, Oz-ploitation flick, The Furies, is available for fans of more brutal, straightforward fare. This Down Under thriller promises a mix of slasher, […]

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Black Christmas 2019: Hark a Christmas Horror Remake

Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions sparked initial excitement when they announced a Black Christmas remake for 2019. Unfortunately, Black Christmas 2019’s early goodwill quickly gave way to criticism and divisive reactions. An early trailer seemed to give away a major twist – and departure from the original. Next, the MPAA assigned the remake a […]

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Friday the 13th: How to Resurrect the Franchise

Like it or not, the 2010’s are ending with no new Friday the 13th movie. This will be the first decade without a franchise entry since the original movie debuted in 1980. For those keeping count, a decade has passed since the 2009 remake. After countless onscreen deaths and resurrections, all it took was a […]

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