Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Borrows The Franchise Title For a New Direction

Though it’s hard to believe, nearly 15 years have passed since Paranormal Activity rode a brilliant marketing plan en route to massive box office success. If The Blair Witch Project introduced mainstream audiences to the found-footage format, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity solidified it as a bankable horror subgenre. Five sequels follow over the next eight […]

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The Call Dials a Wrong Number for Horror Fans

And with Shudder’s latest exclusive release, The Call, the horror platform embraces a popular and recent horror trend – the 1980’s. A growing number of horror movies have either imitated that 80’s VHS aesthetic or set their story right in the slasher decade. Netflix series Stranger Things may have kicked off this recent love affair […]

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Blair Witch Can’t Catch Lightning In A Bottle

To date, The Blair Witch Project remains one of the biggest indie horror movie successes of all time. Love it or hate it, the shaky-cam found-footage kicked off an entire horror sub-genre. So you can’t blame Hollywood for trying to catch lightning in a bottle twice. What followed was the disappointing sequel, Book of Shadows: […]

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Fear Street Part 1 1994 Kicks Off Netflix Slasher Franchise In Fun Fashion

Over the last few years, Netflix hasn’t put much effort into its horror selection. By and large, horror fans have found movies they’ve seen or generic, uninspiring selections. So it was something of a surprise when the streaming giant announced it was release a trilogy of horror movies in back-to-back-to-back weeks. Based on RL Stine’s […]

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The Reckoning: Witch-Hunt Plagued By Tonal Inconsistency

At the start of his career, Neil Marshall immediately turned heads with his first two feature length movies. His werewolf-meets-soldiers thriller, Dog Soldiers, is amongst the best werewolf movies ever made. And Marshall’s sophomore effort, The Descent, is one of the best horror movies of this century. Even Marshall’s period piece, Centurion, was an underappreciated […]

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Book of Shadows – Blair Witch 2: Misguided Follow-Up To a Horror Classic

Regardless of personal opinions, it’s hard to overstate the phenomena that was The Blair Witch Project. Though some horror fans consider the indie horror overrated, it was a one-of-a-kind box office sensation in the summer of 1999. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez introduced found-footage to mainstream audiences after Cannibal Holocaust experimented with the format a […]

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The Wretched: Supernatural Twist on Rear Window Casts a Spell

Horror movies often work best when they place extraordinary events in relatively ordinary settings. Halloween scares because its inexplicable evil just happens. It has no motive or reason, and it happens right next door. The family in Poltergeist could be your family. And the neighbours in Rosemary’s Baby seem so damn ordinary. As the “Master […]

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Double, Double Toil and Trouble: The Witch in Horror Movies

Last week, Orion Pictures released their adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel – Gretel & Hansel. The latest directorial feature from Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat’s Daughter) re-visits a classic horror narrative – the evil witch in the woods. Though vampires, werewolves, and zombie have all enjoyed cycles of mainstream popularity, witches […]

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