DASHCAM Horrifying for All the Wrong Reasons

Not surprisingly, DASHCAM arrives with plenty of buzz. For starters, it’s Rob Savage’s follow-up to the breakout horror movie of 2020, Host. And Savage once again mixes technology and our pandemic setting. That alone makes DASHCAM a must see horror movie for 2022. Recently, news broke that some theater chains were cancelling screenings of the […]

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The Innocents – The Kids Aren’t Alright in this Norwegian Thriller

Last year, the Norwegian thriller The Innocents debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. On the surface, The Innocents like another entry in the creepy kids subgenre with a supernatural twist thrown in for good measure. Plenty of sci-fi movies (Village of the Damned) and Stephen King novels (Firestarter, Carrie) have explored the premise of children […]

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Virus-32 Proves There’s Still Plenty of Life in the Zombie Movie

At face value, Shudder’s latest original release, Virus-32, may feel like a case of ‘been there, done’ that’. For over a decade, zombies were all the rage in horror. While The Walking Dead scored huge ratings, Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and the Resident Evil franchise scared up dollars at the box office. […]

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X Checks Off All the Right Boxes For Horror Classic Status

Among the most anticipated horror movies of 2022, Ti West’s collaboration with A24, X, sits near the top of the list. For the last several years, A24 has established itself as the production studio for elevated horror (Midsommar, The Witch, Saint Maud). Though it’s been a while since he made an outright horror movie, West […]

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Coming Home in the Dark Disturbs With Morally Ambiguous Tale of Revenge

There’s Canuxploitation. And then there’s Ozploitation. The Babadook, Wolf Creek, and Rogue are just a few examples of some the great horror movies that the land Down Under has exported to us. But New Zealand doesn’t have much of a reputation for its horror exports. Peter Jackson (Braindead) does come from New Zealand and the […]

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Hacksaw: Some Legends Should Probably Stay Dead

Looking to cash in on the low-budget grindhouse aesthetic that Rob Zombie and Eli Roth perfected, Anthony Leone’s 2020 indie horror, Hacksaw, hits VOD platforms this week. To his credit, first-time director Leone is almost a one-man show, taking on writing, producing, and cinematography credits. Though Leone demonstrates ambition, Hacksaw follows a familiar blueprint. Based […]

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The Lords of Chaos Torments With Disturbing But Uneven Story

There’s an undeniably appealing connection between heavy metal, Satanism, and horror. And no, there is in fact no connection between heavy metal and the Devil. But there’s a reason Black Sabbath and Motely Crüe were able to so successfully exploit Satanic references to the tune of millions. Though it’s not a horror movie, Lords of […]

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The Hills Run Red: Sleazy Hillbilly Horror Redux

At the end of the 2000’s, the ‘torture porn’ sub-genre was almost out of steam. Paranormal Activity had supplanted the Saw franchise as the new ‘king of the Halloween’ movie season. After a handful of high-profile box office failures (e.g., Captivity, I Know Know Who Killed Me), the writing was on the wall. Dark Castle […]

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