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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Deadly Illusions: Suspenseless ‘Thriller’ Will Make You Wish You Had Writer’s Block

In addition to awful Christmas movies, Netflix specializes in cheap, knockoff psychological thrillers. Once upon a time, sexualized psychological thrillers – Basic Instinct, Sliver, Fatal Attraction – were hallmarks of the late 80s and early 90s. Too bad Netflix isn’t making those movies. Instead, Netflix thrillers have strayed towards bland and formulaic. Like their Christmas […]

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Open 24 Hours: Convenience Store Scares For a Mindless Evening

Some things will never go out of style. In spite of it roller-coaster popularity, slasher movies are a permanent fixture in horror. Occasionally, they slip out of the mainstream, kept alive by the straight-to-video (and now the VOD) industry. But just like the killers that populate their movies, it’s hard to keep the slasher movie […]

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Son: Child-Snatching Cult Thriller Offers Decent Scares

Since the Manson Family murders shocked a nation in the late 1960s, cults have peaked the public’s curiosity and fear. At any given time, Netflix has at least one documentary on cults available to stream. Recent stories of the Nxivm sex cult crept into the headline over the last couple of years. Both horror movies […]

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