Wishmaster: Does This Mid-90s B-Horror Movie Belong on your Wishlist?

In a decade best known for Scream and the brief slasher-lite renaissance along with the Silence of the Lambs-inspired serial killer thrillers, you’d be forgiven for not remembering Wishmaster. Like its evil genie, The Djinn, Wishmaster has languished in a prison of obscurity. Believe it or not, Wes Craven himself produced this forgotten 90’s horror […]

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Never Watch Again: The Elm Street Remake No One Wanted

Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes studio has produced a handful of successful original horror movies (A Quiet Place, The Purge series). However, horror fans primarily know the studio for its assembly line of 2000’s remakes. Over the course of the decade, Platinum Dunes tackledThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, and even VHS […]

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Welcome to Primetime: Freddy’s Most Iconic Elm Street Kills

Slasher movies live or die based on their death scenes. No pun intended. When Wes Craven made A Nightmare on Elm Street, he created one of the genre’s most enduring classics. And he gifted horror with Freddy Krueger, an iconic boogeyman. With its ‘dreamworld’ premise, Craven also opened up a world of possibilities for the […]

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Red Eye: Wes Craven’s First-Class Psychological Thriller

Following the success of his Scream franchise, Wes Craven took a few years off before getting behind the camera again. Horror fans waited five years for Craven’s next movie. In 2005, Craven released not one, but two, movies. One of those movies was a success; the other was not. Despite a great cast and classic […]

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Freddy’s Dead: Still A Bad Movie in Two or Three Dimensions

Freddy Krueger and the Elm Street franchise are horror royalty. Wes Craven’s ‘boogeyman’ sits with Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers as part of the contemporary ‘holy trinity’ of horror. Across four decades, the Elm Street movies have grossed approximately $370 million. But like most horror franchises, each successive sequel generally saw a drop in quality. […]

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Scream 4: A Decent Stab at Reviving a Franchise

Scream 4 would have been a better film if it had been Scream 3. Okay so that’s not the only problem with the belated entry into the Scream franchise. Butit’s definitely one of the bigger issues with a film where the whole doesn’t end up being greater than the sum of its parts. Scream Re-Invigorated […]

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April Fool’s Day: Get in on the Joke

By 1986, the ‘golden age’ of the slasher movie was coming to a close. Sure the major franchises, like Friday the 13th and Halloween, kept pushing out more sequels. An the occasional independent slasher film would sneak into theatres. But the peak of the glory years had past. April Fool’s Day was one of the […]

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The Hills Have Eyes: A Remake To Kick Off Your Spring Break

Happy Spring Break! Hundreds of parents will be herding their kids into cars to brave traffic for a March Break getaway.  To celebrate March Break, in Re-Animated, I’ll be looking at the Wes Craven’s classic ‘family vacation gone wrong’ movie, The Hills Have Eyes. Released in July 1977, The Hills Have Eyes was a modest […]

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Scream: Is It Still Your Favourite Scary Movie?

When I decided to include a section of the blog entitled The Vault, the intent was to explore movies that have significantly impacted horror. In the last 25 to 30 years, has any horror movie had as much impact as Wes Craven’s Scream? Released on December 20, 1996, Scream is arguably one of the most […]

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Freddy’s Coming For You: Ranking the Elm Street Films

Thirty years ago, the fourth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, The Dream Master, was released. To date, it remains the third highest grossing film in the franchise, behind Freddy vs. Jason and the 2010 remake. The Dream Master marked a pivotal turning point for the enduring horror franchise. For the first time, Freddy […]

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