Horror

Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kimberly Peirce’s filmic adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel, Carrie, had a lot to live up to. After all, not only is the novel immensely popular, but Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation is held by many including myself to be a classic of horror cinema. And in some respects, Peirce’s adaptation indeed succeeded admirably. […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Grabbers

Grabbers

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s impossible for me to adequately describe the charm of Grabbers (2012) without likening it to Whisky Galore (1949), Local Hero (1983), The Matchmaker (1997), or Waking Ned Devine (1998), all of which succeed in large part due to the profound sense of community the filmmakers manage to impart. Like those films, Grabbers is set […]

Byzantium

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Byzantium

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Halloween nights are generally accepted as a splendid time to pop in a nice horror film, sit back with some candy, and enjoy the fright fest. So that is what I did, choosing Byzantium (2012) as my nights attraction. The moment I finished the final minutes of Byzantium I relished in amusement; the feeling that the […]

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Maniac

Maniac

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Alexandre Aja’s transition to the American film industry has been a strange one, mostly due to its relative success. While fellow French directors were brought to the States and foundered (Malefique‘s Eric Valette adapting Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call, for example), Aja seemed to take to remakes surprisingly well. His first English-language film, The Hills […]

Babysitter Massacre

Babysitter Massacre

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Like the immortal anti-heroes starring in the subgenre’s biggest franchises, the slasher film refuses to die. The main reason for this is probably because it’s always been a good way for low-budget filmmakers to make something marketable without going bankrupt. This is even more true today in the era of cheap, high-quality digital video cameras […]

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Fright Night 2: New Blood

Fright Night 2: New Blood

| October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fright Night 2 (2013) is a fairly unremarkable film save for one thing: it’s the only sequel to a remake I’ve ever seen that is itself a remake of the same film of which the movie to which it is a sequel is a remake. Since that’s probably a bit difficult to follow, let me […]

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Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

For many including myself, Halloween is a holiday defined by movies. To us, October 1st isn’t merely one of twelve days a year we have to drop off a rent check. It marks the beginning of a 31-day horror movie free-for-all that culminates in All Hallow’s Eve! And in that annual 31-day stretch, I guarantee […]

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The Haunting of Helena

The Haunting of Helena

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every few years it seems someone takes a crack at the “classy ghost story” style of horror story, from the glacially-paced and quiet (Pascal Laugier’s Saint Ange in 2004) to the more visceral (Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage in 2007), all of which try to conjure up a similar atmosphere of dread. It’s a tricky […]

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