Maniac: From Grindhouse to Art-House Horror

William Lustig’s splatter exploitation film, Maniac, remains one of the more controversial horror movies from the 1980’s. It never quite reached the levels of infamy of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Nevertheless, Maniac found its way onto the United Kingdom’s Video Nasties List. Critics have alternately accused the movie as tasteless, misogynistic, or both. Among the […]

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School’s Out: Best Summer Horror Films

Summer is finally here! Classes are coming to an end. The days are longer. Somewhere a sandy beach is calling your name. Maybe you can already smell that burning campfire. To celebrate the first day of summer, in this edition of The Chopping Block, I take a look at some of the better summer-themed horror […]

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Friday the 13th: Examining the Legacy of a Classic

It’s hard to believe that the original Friday the 13th was released nearly 28 years ago. Hitting theatres on May 9th, 1980, Friday the 13th would go on to earn just north of $39 million. Over the last three decades, this small film would lead to nine sequels, a crossover film, and a remake. It […]

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Day of the Dead: Bloodline Should Have Stayed Dead

Two months into 2018 and we’re getting our second remake of a classic horror film. First, we got the insipid re-telling of French horror film Inside. Now Lionsgate Films has released another remake of George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead. Romero’s original ‘Dead’ trilogy has proven to be a treasure chest for studios looking to […]

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Five Underrated Slasher Films Worth Your Time

It was the 1980s – hair metal and syth-pop ruled music charts, Cabbage Patch Kid dolls were all the rage, and for a brief, fleeting moment, the slasher film dominated the horror genre. Even casual horror fans are familiar with the standout slasher franchises – Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. […]

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