Horror

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

| January 8, 2016

One of Hammer Films’s first productions after its 2000s resurrection was David Keating’s Wake Wood, a tale of grieving parents who make a bargain to bring their daughter back to life. It was fairly well-received, but did not receive much attention here in the States. Keating makes a return to British occult horror with his […]

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Sinister 2

Sinister 2

| January 8, 2016

Sequels are always a tricky thing to get right, and horror sequels have their own unique demands. Stray too far from the things that made the first film a success and people will be confused; stick too close to formula and they might get bored. It’s a tough balancing act that only gets more difficult […]

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

Artsploitation Films 2015 Update

| January 6, 2016

Artsploitation Films returned in 2015 after a hiatus with a strong slate of varied international films. Their stated mission is to distribute “intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films from around the world,” and the films they have released since their return have certainly lived up to that standard. We at Film Monthly have covered some […]

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Deathgasm

Deathgasm

| January 5, 2016

New Zealand has a proud history of horror comedies, and in 2014 Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound became a new entry into that country’s canon of fun, inventive genre cinema. In 2015, two more horror comedies made a big impression on the international film scene: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows and […]

The Green Inferno

The Green Inferno

| January 5, 2016

“I wanted to make a Werner Herzog movie” – Eli Roth, talking about the impetus behind his latest film The Green Inferno. Eli Roth’s long-awaited follow-up to his cult smash Hostel series finally gets a release this weekend. The Green Inferno is already the stuff of horror legend—with a storied production and delayed release (it […]

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Kill Game

Kill Game

| January 4, 2016

A warning: This is not going to be so much a review of Kill Game as a rant about problems common to many modern horror films in general. So if that’s not what you’re looking for, feel free to move on, thanks for your time, sorry to disappoint. Suffice to say I was not a […]

One Eyed Girl

One Eyed Girl

| December 11, 2015

Low-key psychological horror/thrillers of the 1970s have become a popular touchstone for genre filmmakers over the last few years, resulting in some critically-acclaimed takes on familiar material. The best known of these may be Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth (2015), but there have been a number […]

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Knock Knock

Knock Knock

| December 8, 2015

Eli Roth’s career trajectory went from cult to hit and back to cult again, in a bizarre cycle of attention-getting projects of varying scale and notoriety. Coming off the heels of the long-awaited The Green Inferno, which was finally released earlier this year after a two-year delay, we’re given back-to-back treats from one of the […]

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Voodoo Man

Voodoo Man

| November 24, 2015

Bela Lugosi is a horror movie icon. Lugosi is best known for his star turn in Universal’s 1931 gothic masterpiece Dracula. Lugosi’s film career ended with a small role in what could be considered a B-movie masterpiece from the warped mind of Edward D. Wood, JR, Plan 9 From Outer Space. Unfortunately, Lugosi had a […]

Children of the Night (aka Limbo)

Children of the Night (aka Limbo)

| November 18, 2015

The vampire, one of cinema’s oldest monsters, is damned hard to make interesting in the twenty-first century. Since the silent film era, legions of filmmakers have tried to present different takes on the vampire mythology, and the monsters have enjoyed a cyclical popularity that most recently took the form of the Twilight phenomenon. That’s not […]

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