February 17, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
Belief can be a powerful – and frightening – thing. In part, belief is what makes cults both compelling and the kind of subject matter ripe for horror movies. The charming and manipulative cult leader, apocalyptic visions, and self-destructive tendencies that characterize cults have produced real-life atrocities that have made their way into dozens of […]
August 19, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Things are slowly returning to normal at the box office. Maybe it’s not completely ‘back to business’. But the current movie release schedule certainly look like mid- to late-August. If you need some proof look no further than Universal Pictures’ latest release, the Idris Elba-starring survival thriller, Beast. It’s another late summer round of ‘when […]
March 18, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Though re-quels – or soft reboot sequels – have been the biggest horror trends over the last few years, a few others have lurked in the background. Yes, Cabin in the Woods hit theaters over a decade ago. Nonetheless, meta-slashers haven’t completely gone out of style. The occasional Giallo-inspired thriller still turns up. And the […]
February 1, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
Summer is still months away, but for some reason a blend of killer shark and survival horror-thriller has arrived on VOD platforms. After a small, uncredited appearance in the latest Scream, The Requin marks Alicia Silverstone’s first starring role vehicle in 2022. A mix of Open Water, The Reef, and The Shallows, The Requin marks […]
December 27, 2021.Reading time 9 minutes.
Good, let alone great, movie adaptations of video games are hard to find. For every Werewolves Within there’s a handful of Alone in the Dark or House of the Dead duds. Though it spawned six movies, the Resident Evil series never won over critics. In fact, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the highest rated […]
September 10, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Though survival horror works on a straightforward premise, it’s one ripe for potentially brutal stakes. To date, Deliverance remains a potent early example of the subgenre. In recent years, we’ve seen horror tinker with the narrative in some underrated gems including The Ritual, Downrange, and Killing Ground. And while there’s probably still plenty of straight-to-VOD […]
August 24, 2021.Reading time 9 minutes.
Nobody’s perfect. Even the best have an off-day once in a while. Critics and horror fans alike regard John Carpenter as one of the genre’s greatest filmmakers. Certainly, the praise is well placed. Carpenter’s filmography includes bona fide classics – Halloween, The Thing, and Escape From New York. And his smaller movies – Assault on […]
June 10, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
Summer is almost here and, as movie theatres start re-opening, what better way to kick off the season than a killer shark movie. Though it’s not scheduled for a US release until mid-July, Australian survival horror Great White has surfaced in other markets. And Australians should know something about big sharks. In addition to some […]