Resurrection Slow Burns To a Disturbing Boiling Point

As the bigger event horror movies have marched into theaters this summer, smaller indie horror movies have quietly tried to scratch out niches on VOD platforms. Last week, Resurrection – starring Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth – found itself sandwiched between Jordan Peele’s Nope and the upcoming Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. And the twisty psychological thriller […]

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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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Umma Substitutes Hollow Scares For Compelling Ideas

Sometimes timing is everything. When supernatural horror movie Umma released on Amazon Prime earlier this year, Ti West was blowing away horror fans with his subversive slasher flick, X. On its own merits, Umma is a completely different horror movie focused on the supernatural and featuring one of the better actors of the last 20 […]

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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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The Power: Shudder Exclusive Will Make You Afraid Of The Dark

As 2021 marches on, Shudder continues to lead the way in original horror programming. To date, Shudder has added new feature length horror movies each and every Thursday. While some of these releases have missed the mark (Shook), Violation, Hunted, Lucky, and Slaxx delivered solid chills early in the year. In addition to offering horror […]

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Ju-On: Origins – Episode 1 Finds New Scares in Old Real Estate

With the What We Do In the Shadows and Creepshow adapted series enjoying success, it’s not surprising streaming platforms would start scouring horror intellectual properties for their next potential hit. Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine there was much demand to re-visit the Ju-On franchise. Both the original Ju-On and its original remake are decent if […]

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Mental Illness in Horror Movies: Exploiting and Stigmatizing For Scares

Years before Joker raised a furor, the American Psychiatric Associated (APA) levelled similar criticisms at DC Comics. Specifically, the APA took issue with Batman’s ‘rogues gallery’ and its misrepresentation of mental illness. Outside of comics, popular culture has historically misrepresented mental illness. Like mainstream news media, our movies and television entertainment have propagated the myth […]

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Daniel Isn’t Real: An Imaginary Friend, A Real Unnerving Thriller

At some point, we probably all had an imaginary friend. But what if that friend wasn’t so imaginary. And that’s the jumping point for South by Southwest psychological horror thriller Daniel Isn’t Real. Up-and-coming horror director Adam Egypt Mortimer, and Brian DeLeeuw, adapted DeLeeuw’s own novel, In This Way I Was Saved, for the indie […]

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