The Loved Ones Makes a Date for a Disturbing Prom Night

Love hurts. Scottish rockers, Nazareth, got it right in the 1970s. And nothing’s worse than teenage love. All those raging hormones … a broken heart in your teens can feel like the end of the world. And just how many teen movies have played out these stakes at the grandest tradition of high school – […]

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Sound of Violence Hits Almost All the Right Horror Notes

Killing for your art. Or your art killing you. Since The Picture of Dorian Gray the horror genre has occasionally dabbled in the world of artists killing for their work (Bliss, Velvet Buzzsaw). Earlier in 2021, writer and director Alex Noyer premiered his debut Sound of Violence at SXSW. Critics were a bit mixed on […]

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Escape Room: Same Title, Definitely Wrong Movie

Like haunted attractions or amusement park ‘dark rides’, the escape room fad was tailor-made for horror movies. Not surprisingly then, a handful of recent horror movies have released in the last few years exploiting the trend. But what were the odds you’d have two similarly-themed horror movies with the exact same title? Of course, odds […]

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes: Serial Killer ‘Snuff” Found-Footage Disturbs

Thought The Hunt had a hard time getting to theatres? Over a decade earlier, the found-footage serial killer movie The Poughkeepsie Tapes premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. But distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) suddenly got cold feet. Given its disturbing content, MGM pulled it from the release schedule. Several years later, The Poughkeepsie Tapes saw a […]

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Do You Want to Play A Game? Ranking The Saw Franchise

Somewhere in between ‘masked slashers’ and ‘insidious conjurings’, torture porn briefly reigned in horror. From Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects to Eli Roth’s Hostel and the ‘New French Extremity‘ movement, horror fans flocked to movies characterized by extreme graphic violence. However, it all started with James Wan’s Saw in 2004. The low-budget movie kickstarted a […]

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The Cleaning Lady: Unnerving Psychological Horror

To date, the year 2019 has given us several strong theatrical horror outings. We’re only halfway through the year, and Hollywood has released Jordan Peele’s Us, Escape Room, and Happy Death Day2U. What’s been seemingly missing are the low-key indie horror flicks. A few gems have popped up here and there, but too few and […]

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The Basement: Torturing Audiences on Netflix

Did you watch The OC in the 2000’s? Do you remember Mischa Barton? If you do, and you’re wondering what she’s been doing for the last decade or so, then The Basement is for you. Like Tara Reid (Party Bus to Hell), Barton has found a niche in low-budget horror outings (The Toybox). Her latest, […]

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Romina: Mexican Slasher Carves Up Netflix’s Quality Control

As Netflix continues to build its horror offerings in 2018, it turns to a mix of two exploitation subgenres – the slasher and the rape-revenge movie. But latest addition, Mexican-slasher film Romina, arrives with nothing in the way of advance buzz for Romina. And director Diego Cohen’s filmography is a little sparse. Netflix’s synopsis also […]

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