Horror

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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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 […]