Those Who Walk Away Strolls to a Somewhat Compelling Second Half

Earlier in 2022, supernatural thriller Those Who Walk Away premiered simultaneously in select theaters and on VOD platforms. It’s the latest movie to shoot its story in a single continuous take (or at least edited to look like one). From director Robert Rippberger and starring Twilight-alum Booboo Stewart, Those Who Walk Away mixes a familiar […]

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Blood Conscious An Uneven Mix of Paranoia and Social Commentary

Do you know your neighbours? Your friends? Family? Good horror movies tap into basic fears that transcend time periods. From Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Thing to The Invitation, paranoia has made for fertile ground in the horror genre. One of the strengths of the premise is its malleability. That is, good filmmakers […]

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The Bunker Game Burns Too Slowly For Genuine Scares

This week’s latest offering on Shudder feels like it may have missed the boat by a few years. For the uninitiated, LARPing, or Live Action Role-Playing, is something like playing Dungeons & Dragons. Except you’re outside and actually playing in costume. Maybe you remember that Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott comedy, Role Models? From […]

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas: P2 Parked at About the Same Level of Fear

On paper, 2007 horror thriller P2 had a lot going for it. Both its premise and setting promised a nail-biting game of cat-and-mouse. Director Franck Kahlfoun came into the movie – his feature length debut – with lots of promise, And Kahlfoun would go on to direct the very disturbing Maniac remake. Writer and producer […]

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The Dare Literally Dares You To Sit Through It ‘Till The End

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before … four strangers wake up chained and imprisoned in a grimy basement? A mysterious captor subjects the groups to a series of increasingly cringeworthy tortures? No, it’s not 2007. The Dare is just Netflix’s latest addition to it’s horror library. A throwback ‘Torture Porn‘ movie, The Dare, […]

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Hostile Offers Somber Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

Not to be confused with recent Christian Bale western, Hostiles, 2017 release Hostile is the latest post-apocalyptic thriller. Like zombie movies, it’s a subgenre that has ambitious filmmakers have been increasingly adopting to attempt uniquely allegorical storytelling. But audiences should be forewarned. If you’re expecting a hyper-violent, off-the-wall story in the vein of The Purge […]

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The Boy Behind The Door A Terrifying Test of Childhood Friendship

While Netflix recently has invest a little more in horror, Shudder has consistently taken care of genre fans. During the pandemic, as major studios held back major title, Shudder has platformed some pretty diverse horror offerings. Now Shudder’s latest release crosses into territory many mainstream horror movies avoid – putting children in direct danger. From […]

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Oxygen: Sci-Fi Thriller Gives You Little Room to Breathe

From the New French Extremity and splatter flicks to ‘nature strikes back’ horror, Alexandre Aja has amassed an impressive filmography. To date, Aja’s highs – High Tension, Crawl, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes – outnumber his career lows – Mirrors. But Aja’s latest release, Oxygen, marks a significant departure from past work. What looks […]

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