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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The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect

| July 19, 2015

Mainstream American studio horror is in a bit of a slump. Other than the divisive Insidious films, the only established modern franchise that’s still a going concern is the Paranormal Activity series (and that’s slated to end with its upcoming fifth installment). Meanwhile, the studios keep pumping out cheap “found footage” horrors in hopes of […]

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Maggie

Maggie

| July 7, 2015

The 2015 film, Maggie, is like an after school special for the post-apocalypse. It treats its central world-ending zombification virus like a disease-of-the-week TV movie might treat AIDS. Indeed, if you replace teenage runaway Maggie Vogel (Abigail Breslin) being bitten by a zombie with her contracting AIDS from a used needle or something, and much […]

The House with 100 Eyes

The House with 100 Eyes

| June 16, 2015

It’s sort of baffling that there aren’t more attempts to make a “found footage” horror comedy. The found footage style has been seized on by independent horror filmmakers, who have pumped out legions of no-budget takes on the same basic concepts for years. And horror comedy is a popular but tricky choice for many indie […]

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Der Samurai

Der Samurai

| June 9, 2015

Living up to its distributors namesake, Till Klienhart’s Der Samurai, from Artsploitation Films, is part art house, part slasher film that manages to entrance with its nightmarish imagery, but doesn’t make it compelling enough to withstand the test of time. The film centers around Jakob (Michel Diercks), a young police officer in a small town, […]

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