Orphan: Creepy Kid Thriller Adopts a Fun Twist on Familiar Story

Kids are evil. Anyone who has stepped on a random LEGO piece or been forced to watch Paw Patrol knows this to be true. Okay, kids aren’t really evil but there’s certainly something creepy about children doing terrible things. This in part reflects our attributing innocence to childhood. As such, the corruption of innocence is, […]

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The Lodge: Unsettling Psychological Horror

Since its resurrection in the late 2000s, Hammer Films has quietly re-established itself in the horror genre. Though Blumhouse Productions has eclipsed the British studio in quantity and, arguably, overall quality, Hammer has a delivered a few memorable projects. Most notably, Let Me In and The Woman in Black were hallmarks of the studio’s atmospheric […]

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The Wretched: Supernatural Twist on Rear Window Casts a Spell

Horror movies often work best when they place extraordinary events in relatively ordinary settings. Halloween scares because its inexplicable evil just happens. It has no motive or reason, and it happens right next door. The family in Poltergeist could be your family. And the neighbours in Rosemary’s Baby seem so damn ordinary. As the “Master […]

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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 Turning: Adaptation Turns the Screw on Audiences

British author Henry James published his Gothic novella, The Turn of the Screw, in 1898. Though Hollywood has adapted the source material several times, Jack Clayton’s 1961 movie The Innocents still stands as the definitive cinematic version. Alejandro Amenabar’s The Others isn’t really an adaptation, but it shares common DNA. Earlier in 2020, Universal Pictures […]

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Extracurricular: High School Horror Falls Just Short of the Honour Roll

A close cousin to ‘Creepy Kids’ horror, high school horror movies have always enjoyed a small niche in the genre. After all, most people would agree that high school is generally pretty awful. And the angst, brooding, and narcissism that characterizes adolescence makes it fertile ground for horror. From the dark snark of Heathers and […]

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I See You: A Clever ‘Supernatural’ Thriller You Need to See

Not to be confused with Sylvester Stallone’s early 2000’s effort, Eye See You, I See You is a little indie supernatural thriller that floated under the radar. Saban Films debuted I See You at the South By Southwest film festival last year. By the end of 2019, I See You quietly made its way to […]

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The Boy: Creepy Doll Thriller Scares Enough Life Into Familiar Story

Four years ago, Lakeshore Entertainment released The Boy amidst the January doldrums. Despite its obvious similarities to The Conjuring Universe’s Annabelle, The Boy pleasantly surprised at the box office. Without much competition, the creepy doll thriller grossed just north of $35 million on a small budget. Yet rather than quickly capitalizing on the movie’s success, […]

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Fantasy Island: This Fantasy Should Have Stayed on the Small Screen

For the last decade, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions have dominated horror. Like Universal Studios and Hammer Films before it, Blumhouse movies have defined the genre. But when you pump out movies at the rate Blumhouse does, you’re bound to get the odd misfire. Sooner or later, Get Out and Happy Death Day begets […]

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Hoax: Bigfoot Movie Takes Its Title Too Seriously

Browse a few streaming services – Amazon Prime, Hulu, Tubi – and you’ll notice that there’s a lot of Bigfoot movies. A lot. You may also notice that most of these movies look terrible. It begs the questions – outside of Willow Creek or The Legend of Boggy Creek – is there a good Bigfoot […]

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