Maniac: From Grindhouse to Art-House Horror

William Lustig’s splatter exploitation film, Maniac, remains one of the more controversial horror movies from the 1980’s. It never quite reached the levels of infamy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Nevertheless, Maniac found its way onto the United Kingdom’s Video Nasties List. Critics have alternately accused the movie as tasteless, misogynistic, or both. Among the […]

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The Barn Offers Fun VHS Horror Nostalgia

Can you remember walking videostore aisles and scanning the top shelves for the cool-looking Rated-R horror covers. If so, The Barn may be just the movie for you. A B-film that’s garnered a lot of love at smaller genre film festivals, Justin M. Seaman’s homage to VHS horror films was finally released yesterday on most […]

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Romina: Mexican Slasher Carves Up Netflix’s Quality Control

Netflix looks to continue to build its horror offerings with its latest addition, the Mexican-slasher film Romina. There’s little in the way of advance buzz for Romina and director Diego Cohen’s filmography is a little sparse. Netflix’s synopsis also doesn’t offer much other than promising a mix of a slasher and rape-revenge film story-line. Having […]

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All Aboard for The Midnight Meat Train

Horror novelist Clive Barker’s work has never enjoyed the same success in its translation to the big screen as the work of his contemporary Stephen King. Lord of Illusions was truthfully a bit of a mess, and while it has gained a cult following, Nightbreed was a box office miss. To date, Hellraiser remains the […]

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Cabin Fever: The Remake You Didn’t Know Existed

While scrolling through Netflix recently for a late-night horror fix I discovered the Cabin Fever (2016) remake. It’s a film that flew completely under my radar. Rather than watching the remake first I decided to pull out my copy of the original Cabin Fever. It’s been sixteen years since Eli Roth emerged on the horror scene. His […]

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Victor Crowley (2018) Shows Franchise Fatigue

Last year horror filmmaker Adam Green dropped a pleasant surprise for fans with the announcement that a new Hatchet film, Victor Crowley (2018), wasn’t just in development, but was finished and due for an early 2018 release. The original Hatchet (2006) was a fun, refreshing return to late-1980s slasher basics, effectively balancing over-the-top practical gore […]

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Mayhem: A Fun, Bloody Climb Up the Corporate Ladder

Early in 2017 Blumhouse Productions released The Belko Experiment, an action-horror hybrid satirizing the American corporate workplace as a kill-or-be-killed environment. Sadly, while not a terrible film, The Belko Experiment was a mixed bag. Arguably, it missed more often than nailed its dark satirical tone. Directed by Joe Lynch, Mayhem didn’t enjoy the wide theatrical release […]

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