Ghosts of Mars: Too Campy Or Not Campy Enough?

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 […]

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Wolf Creek: A Disturbing Down Under Vacation

At the peak of the 2000’s ‘Torture Porn‘ craze, Australian director Greg McLean (Rogue, The Belko Experiment) released Wolf Creek. Despite its modest box office success, critics were divided by the movie’s extremely graphic violence. Far removed from silly slasher violence, Wolf Creek shared more DNA with New French Extremity movies like High Tension, Martyrs, […]

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Body at Brighton Rock: If You Go Down in the Woods Today

Earlier this year, Body at Brighton Rock debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival. A stripped down survival horror-thriller, Body at Brighton Rock also marks Roxanne Benjamin’s directorial debut of a feature length movie. Benjamin has been a bright spot in horror for several years. She’s produced the anthology horror movies V/H/S, V/H/S 2, […]

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Black Summer – Heist Still Feels as Purposeless as its Zombies

Black Summer’s sixth episode, Heist, takes a similar approach as fourth chapter, Alone. That is, Heist is dialogue-light entry that focuses on suspense and constant momentum. On the hand, it’s an episode that never slows down and features its best zombie moment. Unfortunately, the episode also continues Black Summer’s narrative mess. Black Summer Gets the […]

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Curve: Netflix Thriller Trapped By Its Own Premise

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has established quite the hold on horror. In fact, Blumhouse’s success necessitated the creation of Blumhouse Tilt to produce and release smaller movies across multiple platforms. One of BH Tilt’s early releases, Curve, has sat on Netflix now for a few years. Finally, after skipping over this title countless times, I’m […]

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Pledge Asks What You Would Do To Belong

On one hand, we’re only three months into 2019, and horror has already given us a few strong theatrical releases. Escape Room, Happy Death Day 2U, and the upcoming Us – that’s a lot better than early 2018’s Winchester or The Strangers: Prey at Night. But streaming platforms have felt a little light on good […]

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The Green Inferno: A Main Course For Gorehounds Only

Aside from Rob Zombie, few current horror filmmakers understand exploitation cinema like Eli Roth. From his debut Cabin Fever to his ‘Torture Porn’ contribution Hostel, Roth has a penchant for gut-wrenching violence. Yet Roth’s homage to the cannibal exploitation subgenre, Green Inferno, struggled to find an audience. Critics were even less impressed. Was it the […]

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What Keeps You Alive: An Art-House Interpretation of Survival Horror

This past week has been a good one for Canadian-made thrillers. While it hasn’t received the same level of advanced attention as the Summer of 84, What Keeps You Alive has managed to generate some positive buzz. Written and directed by Colin Minihan (Grave Encounters), the Canadian survival-thriller debuted earlier this year at the SXSW […]

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Green Room: Lean and Raw ‘Punk Rock’ Survival Horror

Green Room has been available on Netflix now for a little while, but the blog is still in its infancy, and this is absolutely a film I wanted to review. Writer and director Jeremy Saulnier was the man behind the brilliant and unique revenge-thriller, Blue Ruin. Even without the critical praise heaped on Green Room, […]

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Don’t Go in the Woods: Five Obscure Backwoods Horror Films

The weather is warming up and the black flies will soon be distant memory. We’ve already had a long weekend and summer holidays are just around the corner. Families, college students, and teens will be hitting the highways for a weekend getaways to the great outdoors. Last week, in the latest entry of The Laboratory, […]

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