Siege An Underrated Canuxploitation Entry From the 80s

When crime rates and urban decay were peaking in the United States, the urban-crime thriller became a B-movie staple. Early 70s box office hit Death Wish proceeded a bevy of imitators. Movies like Fighting Back, The Exterminator, Bronx Warriors, Savage Streets, and Vigilante imagined major US cities as dystopian, crime-ridden hellholes. Even the relatively safe […]

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Cube a Smart, Suspenseful Canadian Sci-Fi Thriller

Sometimes good movies just find their audience. Such is the case with the 1997 independent Canadian sci-fi/horror hybrid, Cube. After Cube screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, it only saw a marginal theatrical release. But late-night showings on cable television and VHS gave this Kafkaesque thriller a much-deserved second chance. Followed by two so-so […]

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Meander Traps Audiences in a Familiar But Tense Story

The latest horror movie out of France, from the director of the impressive Hostile, Mathieu Turi, combines two common fears. His latest effort, Meander, puts audiences into a claustrophobic setting with a series of elaborate death traps. Devil, As Above, So Below, The Descent, Oxygen, and Buried have all exploited our fears of being trapped. […]

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Escape Room Breaks Out From Horror’s January Jinx

Cinephiles know that the major studios use January as a dumping ground. Sadly, many of these leftovers include bad horror movies. Anyone remember The Unborn? How about the insipid One Missed Call? Or the dreadful Texas Chainsaw 3D? Escape Room had a great trailer, but the January release date instantly lowered expectations. While reviews haven’t […]

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