Séance Channels Several Styles With Underwhelming Results

As a screenwriter, Simon Barrett has put together some impressive credentials. Though it’s largely gone unseen, Barrett’s first writing credit, the supernatural western Dead Birds, was a decent little movie. Over the last decade, Barrett has collaborated with horror director Adam Wingard on You’re Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch. With Wingard branching off into […]

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Old Finds M Night Shyamalan Back in Polarizing Form

Few directors are quite as polarizing as M Night Shyamalan. Truth be told, Shyamalan may never make a movie as good as The Sixth Sense. And he’s made some good movies. Unbreakable showed how just how far outside the mold superhero movies could be long before Joker. Both Signs and The Village were effectively creepy […]

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Malignant A Refreshingly Off-The-Wall Horror Movie From James Wan

At some point in the future, horror fans will regard James Wan in the same way they do Wes Craven or John Carpenter. To date, Wan is responsible for not one, but three, major horror franchises. Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring – that’s an impressive track record. But it’s been five years since Wan helmed […]

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The Girl Who Got Away Escapes Serial Killer Tropes

After The Boy Behind The Door put children in the path of a dangerous killer, another serial killer thriller hits VOD platforms. This time its young girls in peril or, more specifically, one girl who escapes. From writer and director Michael Morrissey, The Girl Who Got Away picks up years after a young girl who […]

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Eye Without a Face Forgets To Hack Into Much-Needed Scares

No, it’s not the classic 1960 French horror movie. And it’s not even the Billy Idol song. This latest indie horror release drops the ‘s’ for its techno horror adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. In fact, Eye Without a Face looks to meld bits of Hitchcock with more recent techno-thrillers, most notably Open Windows, […]

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Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker: Little Seen 80s Oedipal Exploitation Thriller

As 1970s’ exploitation and splatter horror gave way to the slasher era of the 1980s, horror movies occasionally straddled styles. The result was some tonally oddball movie like Nightmare Beach, Pieces, Humanoids from the Deep, Sleepaway Camp, and Madman. While these movies had recognizable slasher DNA, their atmosphere and aesthetics felt like spiritual descendants of […]

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What Lies Below: Netflix Submerges You In Lovecraftian-Inspired Horror

Netflix has a poor track record with its horror movie selection. Despite its continued investment in original content, the streaming giant seems disinterested in producing new horror titles. And the slate of available titles rarely updates from month to month. Instead, Netflix seems content go grind out insipid psychological thrillers like its recent dud, Deadly […]

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The Cleansing Hour: There’s Still a Devil of a Good Time in Demonic Possession Subgenre

In what was its biggest year for original content, Shudder released Damien LeVeck’s The Cleansing Hour in October 2020. Audiences and critics in kind responded positively. Now if you’ve watched enough horror movies, there’s a better than average chance you’ve seen a demonic possession movie. Since The Exorcist shocked audiences in the 1970s, the horror […]

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