April 2, 2023.Reading time 7 minutes.
French director Pascal Laugier is about as polarizing as it gets in the horror genre. His sophomore effort, Martyrs, remains one of the most controversial horror movies of all time. Though it didn’t have the same far-reaching impact, Ghostland – or Incident in a Ghostland -was no less divisive upon its release. Somewhere in between […]
February 9, 2023.Reading time 8 minutes.
For all of the success Hollywood has had creating hits out of fictional monsters, studios and filmmakers have struggled to bring urban legends to the screen. Has anyone made a good Loch Ness Monster movie? We all saw how the Slender Man turned out. Even the Urban Legend movie itself isn’t quite as good as […]
August 27, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Nearly 30 years later, horror fans still regard Candyman as one of the best horror movies of the 1990’s. Based on Clive Barker’s (Hellraiser) short story, The Forbidden, Candyman turned its title character into a classic boogeyman while making Tony Todd a horror icon. In addition to director Bernard Rose’s haunting imagery, Philip Glass’ score […]
July 15, 2020.Reading time 9 minutes.
Maybe you’ve heard of the Slender Man urban legend. If you’re young and hip, then you likely first heard of the fictional character through a creepypasta Internet meme. Eric Knudsen, or “Victor Surge”, created the legend on the Something Awful forum. If you’re older, you likely don’t know a creepypasta from a seafood linguine. As such, […]
April 1, 2020.Reading time 14 minutes.
Happy April Fool’s Day! Currently, most people are probably not craving any April Fool’s pranks. To date, the entire 2020 year has been kind of one big, cruel joke. Besides, every horror fan knows that practical jokes never work out. After all, it was a practical joke that gave Jason Voorhees his iconic goalie mask. […]
January 13, 2020.Reading time 7 minutes.
Most horror fans can probably agree that Netflix’s catalogue leaves much to be desired. Enter horror-streaming service, Shudder. In addition to a pretty impressive library of older horror movies, Shudder platforms some decent indie productions. Last year, Shudder released two stand-outs in Prevenge and Revenge. Now early in 2020, Shudder’s latest release is Aussie slasher […]
December 11, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
Promotional materials matter. For proof look no further than the posters for Gehenna: Where Death Lives. Its promotional posters call to mind some of the worst Grade-Z horror movies you can imagine. But the Chicago Indie Horror Film Festival gave Gehenna some love. So do we have a hidden gem on our hands? Or does Gehenna’s marketing […]
August 23, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
Last weekend, Slender Man brought the Internet urban legend to life on the big screen. Sadly, the meme-based boogeyman was a critical dud. It’s too bad because urban legends are rich with opportunity for horror movies. Most urban legends have developed over years based on deeply entrenched fears just waiting to be exploited. In a […]