Malicious Can’t Conjure Up Insidious Scares

Netflix’s slate of middle-of-the-road supernatural thrillers is getting full. Writer and director Michael Winnick’s Malicious joins Mara, The Crucifixion, Dementia 13, and Gehenna, among others. With so many haunting’s, possessions, and paranormal investigations, can Malicious do enough to distinguish itself? Synopsis Math professor, Adam, and his pregnant wife, Lisa, start a new job at a […]

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The Amityville Murders: An Uninspired Trip Down Memory Lane

Maybe you’re heard of the the Amityville haunting? The DeFeo Family murders on Long Island, New York? Or the Lutz family’s paranormal encounters? If not, you may be the only person entertained by the latest movie based on the infamous case. Since Jay Anson published The Amityville Horror in 1977, horror filmmakers have made just […]

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Pet Sematary: A King Adaptation In Need of a Remake

This will likely be an unpopular opinion. I’m not a fan of the 1990 It mini-series. Aside from Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise, I thought It was a miscast and watered down version of Stephen King’s novel. Last fall, I wrote a piece about Stephen King film adaptations that would benefit from a remake. Without […]

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The Fog is Murky Fun from John Carpenter

Thirty-nine years ago, on Feb. 8 1980, legendary horror film director, John Carpenter, released The Fog, his follow-up to Halloween (1978). A minor hit at the box-office (Box Office Mojo, n.d.), The Fog hasn’t received the same affection as other Carpenter films. Halloween is rightly held up as a classic of the horror genre. Over […]

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Velvet Buzzsaw Paints a Dark Mix of Comedy and Horror

Fans of dark crime-thriller Nightcrawler rejoice! Writer and director Dan Gilroy has reunited with Jake Gyllenhaal for a new Netflix original movie. Velvet Buzzsaw promises a sardonic mix of dark humour and horror set in the shallow world of the Los Angeles art community. Gilroy’s latest movie debuted earlier in 2019 at Sundance. Netflix released […]

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Ghost Ship: Does This Supernatural Chiller Sink or Swim?

Somewhere between New Line Cinemas and Blumhouse Productions, Dark Castle Entertainment shone briefly as horror king. Named after horror master William Castle, the studio was created with the purpose of remaking his classic movies. Within just a few years, Dark Castle produced remakes of 13 Ghosts, The House on Haunted Hill, and House of Wax. […]

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Doom Room: ‘Doomed’ By Familiarity

Among a small handful of new indie horror hitting streaming platforms this week, Doom Room arguably boasts the most intriguing premise. Writer and director Jon Keeyes sets his provocative thriller in what’s largely a single room. Doom Room also stars fan favourite ‘Scream Queen’ Debbie Rochon. Alternately titled Nightmare Box, it looks like this is […]

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The 6th Friend Slashes Its Way Onto Streaming Platforms

Indie horror flick, The 6th Friend, was filmed way back in 2016. But it’s only just now seeing the light of day on streaming platforms. Perhaps horror fans will recognize star and co-writer Jamie Bernadette from the fun stoner-slasher, 4/20 Massacre. Independent film company The Asylum is distributing what promises to be a bloody mix […]

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Mara May Put Some Viewers to Sleep

Sleeping and dreams are fertile ground for horror films. Look no further than Wes Craven’s horror masterpiece, A Nightmare on Elm Street for proof. To date, no horror movie has come close to replicating the terror induced by Freddy Krueger. However, recent supernatural thriller, Mara, has an almost perfect hook for a horror movie. Sleep […]

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Dementia 13 Spins a Passable Tale of Greed and Revenge

Before Francis Ford Coppola revolutionized film-making with The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, he directed Dementia 13. A low-budget, black-and-white chiller, Dementia 13 is the type of movie with which only die-hard horror fans are familiar. In this respect, Coppola’s directorial debut is an ideal candidate for the remake treatment. After making little to no waves […]

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