Blood Sacrifice Crosses Two Suspects From The Watcher’s Suspect List … Maybe

In spite of its lukewarm reviews, Ryan Murphy’s The Watcher bumped Dahmer – another Murphy production – from Netflix’s top streaming spot. Much of its debut episode was all about introducing us to the Braddock family and the moderately sized pool of suspects. For its second episode, Blood Sacrifice, The Watcher promises to tell us […]

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Who Invited Them Invites You to Stay For a Nightcap

What’s worse than a guest overstaying their welcome? How about someone showing up uninvited? Hollywood has played the guest who would not leave for laughs (Madhouse, What About Bob? You Me, and Dupree), suspense (Windfall), and horror (Funny Games). On horror streaming platform Shudder, writer and director Duncan Birmingham moves from short films to a […]

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6:45 Offers a Darker Take on Groundhog Day

Among just a few new horror releases this week, 6:45 gives us another horror take on Groundhog Day. Unlike Happy Death Day, this one promises fewer laughs and a more grim tone. Science fiction has successfully played with time loops in Edge of Tomorrow, Source Code, Looper, and Deja Vu. And last year, Shudder’s feminist […]

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Soul Survivors A Car Wreck of a Teen Horror Movie

In between the slasher-lite revival and emergence of Torture Porn, horror found itself in another transition period. Nowhere was this more evident than the 2001 movie year. Some good horror movies – The Others, Frailty, Session 9, and Pulse – made their way into theatres. Quite a few of these releases disappointed (Ghost of Mars, […]

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The Weekend Away a Safe, Tepid Thriller

Maybe The Weekend Away didn’t get the memo. After The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window skewered straightforward thrillers, Netflix releases its latest original movie … another straightforward thriller. All the basics for a decent psychological thriller are present. There’s an exotic locale, a mystery novel as the […]

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Horror in the High Desert a Faux-Documentary Hidden Gem

Maybe found-footage movies aren’t quite as in vogue as the early 2010s. But that’s not to say the format doesn’t still work when used right. After all, Host was one of the best movies of a truncated 2020 horror movie schedule. Both Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin and V/H/S 94 delivered decent scares in 2021. […]

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Devil: Thriller Overcomes Story ‘Ups and Downs’

Before M Night Shyamalan rehabilitated his image with back-to-back successes in The Visit and Split, he hit rock-bottom with 2010’s The Last Airbender. Oh, Shyamalan would still drop one more bomb called After Earth. But the divisive filmmaker took a small step in the right direction by stepping back. Though the story wasn’t necessarily original, […]

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Elephant in the Room: Bloodride’s Final Destination

And just like that, Bloodride brings us to its final stop – Episode 6, Elephant in the Room. If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting to find out the story behind the man in the elephant suit. As the opening credits roll, the camera once again pans over the doomed passengers. It finally settles on […]

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