Horror

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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The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

| November 16, 2015

Released on Halloween in 2008, The Haunting of Molly Hartley was not exactly a hit. And in the years since, it does not seem to have gained much of a reputation or more passionate fans since it hit home video. This makes sense given that the film was a mostly dull teen horror movie that […]

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Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

Home Invasion Films and the Emergence of Technology

| November 7, 2015

One of the worst things that has happened to the horror genre is the invention of the cell phone. Unless handled very delicately, the cell phone solves almost every horror scenario from getting lost on the highway to being trapped with a killer. This is part of the reason why so many films contrive reasons […]

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Breeders

Breeders

| November 6, 2015

Home video company Olive Films has been releasing an impressive slate of interesting movies that have fallen by the wayside in the transition between VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray, giving a number of obscure films their first legitimate U.S. release and upgrading a number of others. These have included everything from big-studio comedies to overlooked horror […]

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

| November 4, 2015

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

| November 3, 2015

It’s no secret that I love made-for-TV movies. Hell, I wrote my Masters thesis on the subject! What can I say, there’s just something about the format that speaks to me. Maybe it’s that I grew up watching so many of them—fixed to the TV as I was—that I’m programmed for these things. And yet […]

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We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here

| October 4, 2015

We Are Still Here (2015) might not be the film that “changes the face of horror cinema forever,” or some other such hyperbolic nonsense. Very few movies achieve such greatness. And yet I find myself having ever more frequent conversations with people about how horrible this or that movie is because it’s not great, even […]

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Dollface

Dollface

| September 17, 2015

If you’ve been waiting for a sequel to Tommy Faircloth’s 1995 slasher parody Crinoline Head, your wait is officially over. A full twenty years after the first film, its sequel is out now on home video under the title Dollface (changed from Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head, the title under which it played […]

The Sender

The Sender

| August 26, 2015

Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street made a huge impact on horror and pop culture in 1984 with its story of a killer stalking teenagers in their dreams. But a couple of years before Freddy made his debut, a much lower-profile horror film used a character who terrorized people with dreams. The Sender (1982) […]

Student Bodies

Student Bodies

| August 25, 2015

As a horror spoof in the vein of the Zucker brothers, the humor of Student Bodies (1981) remains completely relevant and relatable 34 years after its initial release. This could be seen as either a testament to the strength of writer/director Mickey Rose’s work on the film, or a sign of how developmentally arrested mainstream […]

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