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 First Purge: A Franchise Reborn With Its Best Entry Yet

Two years removed and 2018 still remains the ‘Year of Blumhouse Productions’. While Insidious: The Last Key and Truth or Dare were critical duds, both films were box office successes. And the studio’s re-invigoration of Halloween in October of 2018 marked a major course correction for the dormant franchise. Somewhere in between, Jason Blum tided […]

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Death House: Ambitious But Flawed Horror Homage

Death House has been one of the more talked about indie horror movies in recent memory. This is no small part due to the sheer number of horror alumni in the cast. Fans have described Death House as ‘The Expendables’ of horror movies. It’s a virtual ‘who’s who’ of horror wrapped up in vintage 80’s […]

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Straw Dogs: You Can’t Teach a Remake New Tricks

Amidst the wave of remakes in the 2000’s, Hollywood occasionally ventured outside horror. Spike Lee re-visited controversial Korean revenge-thriller Old Boy in 2013. And Martin Scorsese himself re-worked Hong Kong pot-boiler Infernal Affairs into his 2006 crime thriller, The Departed. Yet one of the more ambitious remakes in recent memory was Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs. […]

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Monster Party: Blood, Guts, and Class Consciousness

Writer and director Chris von Hoffmann’s previous movie was the hit-or-miss exploitation flick, Drifter. Genre fans who appreciate spirited mayhem may want to check it out on Netflix. On Friday November 2, von Hoffman released his follow-up effort, Monster Party, on several VOD-streaming platforms. No, it’s not the older Rankin/Bass Mad Monster Party with Boris […]

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The Toybox is Frequently Hilarious – Too Bad It’s Not a Comedy

Supernatural horror film The Toybox was released earlier this week after a screening earlier in 2018 at the Texas Frightmare Weekend. Admittedly, I knew little about this movie aside from its two principal actors – Denise Richards and Mischa Barton. Now when I sit down write a review, it’s never my intent to be unnecessarily […]

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Send in the Clowns: Terrifier Is a Cut Above Your Typical Slasher

Apparently quite a few people are afraid of clowns. In fact, there’s even a term for it – coulrophobia. Years before Bill Skarsgard scared up big box office receipts as Stephen King’s Pennywise the Clown, Tim Curry donned the greasepaint for the first attempt at It. American Horror Story gave us Twisty the Clown. Even […]

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Pushing the Borders of Taste: Frontier(s) Largely Delivers on The Promise of Its Title

In the 2000’s, the horror genre was arguably dominated by three trends: (1) Torture Porn, (2) Remakes, and (3) the New French Extremity movement. The classier European cousin to ‘Torture Porn’, the New French Extremity movement pushed against what one previously thought could and couldn’t be shown on screen. From High Tension to Inside to […]

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