The Sentinel a (Justifiably) Forgotten 70s Occult Thriller

Arguably, the 1970s was one of the best decades for horror. As censorship and content standards relaxed, the horror genre – and movies in general – experimented with style and subject. It was also a decade where public interest in the occult hit a peak. Following on the heels of 1960s counterculture, new age movements […]

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No One Gets Out Alive Kicks Off Netflix and Chills

And as we head into October, it’s time for Halloween movie nights. Maybe you’ll tune in to AMC’s FearFest or hunker down with Shudder. Or perhaps you’ll settle for some Netflix and Chills. Aside from familiar old titles and some hotly anticipated new ones (Midnight Mass, There’s Someone Inside Your House), Netflix has already quietly […]

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Demonic: Latest Possession Thriller Wastes a Novel Premise

Here we go, another demonic possession movie. So far 2021 has already given us The Unholy, The Seventh Day, The Conjuring III: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Separation. There truly is no rest for the wicked. But when the subgenre is done well it’s given us some of horror’s most memorable classics. And […]

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Dark Night of the Scarecrow a Made-For-Scares Hidden Gem

Though they’re not quite as scary as clowns, scarecrows have a small spot in Halloween lore. Aside from ‘Harold’ in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and maybe The Creeper from Jeepers Creepers, most horror movie scarecrows have popped up in straight-to-video fare. There’s no scarecrow equivalent of Pennywise the Clown. But scarecrows – […]

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Blood Red Sky … Or Vampires On A Plane

For the fourth straight week, Netflix premieres a new horror movie on Friday. And it’s not some throwaway movie dug up from several years past. On the heels of the Fear Street trilogy, Blood Red Sky queues up on Netflix’s runway with a vampire battling hijackers on a plane. It’s been awhile since horror fans […]

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The Seventh Day Can’t Exorcise Familiar, Mediocre Story

Scroll through Netflix’s horror selection. How many demonic possession movies pop up? Oh, there’s The Possession of Hannah Grace. And then there’s The Assent, Soul to Keep, Mark of the Devil, and The Unborn. Keep scrolling and you’ll also find The Crucifixion, Paranormal Investigation, and Sabrina. On any given day, there seems to be a […]

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The Call Dials a Wrong Number for Horror Fans

And with Shudder’s latest exclusive release, The Call, the horror platform embraces a popular and recent horror trend – the 1980’s. A growing number of horror movies have either imitated that 80’s VHS aesthetic or set their story right in the slasher decade. Netflix series Stranger Things may have kicked off this recent love affair […]

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Ghost Story an Early 80s Supernatural Horror Lost in the Slasher Era

Peter Straub is a Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author. The Talisman – co-authored with Stephen King – is a classic. And Black House was another excellent collaboration between the two authors. To date, however, Straub’s work has rarely made it to the big screen. In fact, Hollywood has only adapted one Straub novel into a […]

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