The ‘Rural Other’ in Backwoods Horror

John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance is considered a landmark achievement in cinema. Its story of four ‘big city’ friends stalked and assaulted by backwoods locals on a wilderness canoe trip earned multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. While not a horror film, Deliverance played a significant role in popularizing one of horror’s most popular subgenres […]

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Leatherface: Witness the Retconning of a Legend

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is an undisputed horror classic. Yet the history of the franchise itself is pretty convoluted. Unlike its its horror counterparts, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street, the TCM series has a spotty track record. To date, there have been three sequels spanning the 1980’s and 1990’s with questionable […]

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Cannibal Farm: How Many Tropes Can You Fit in One Film?

Available for streaming on iTunes Movies, I had pretty low expectations when I rented Cannibal Farm. Both the film’s title and its cover art suggested this would be a derivative re-hash of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Written and directed by Charlie Steeds, Cannibal Farm amazes by somehow being even worse than expected. This isn’t just […]

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