Horror

Don’t Kill It

Don’t Kill It

| March 3, 2017

Since the inception of the motion picture, the horror genre has been a major player in the industry. George Melies introduced his horror short House of the Devil in 1896. Over the last 111 years, every possible idea for horror seems to have been exhausted. The trick is how to breathe life into stories and […]

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Psychomania

Psychomania

| February 22, 2017

Biker gang movies of the 60s and 70s tended to depict groups of motorcycle enthusiasts as violent hedonists whose hard-livin’ ways were frequently at odds with The Establishment. There were some notable variations on the basic formula set forth in Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels in 1966: The Pink Angels (1972) followed a group of […]

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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 14, 2016

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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The Driller Killer

The Driller Killer

| December 14, 2016

Life in New York City during the 1970’s was abysmal. Robberies and murders were not daily occurrences, they were hourly occurrences. The homeless population was staggeringly high; drugs and prostitution ran wild. The city streets were dank and dirty. Unless you were a fan of squalor, New York City was not, to paraphrase Frank Sinatra, […]

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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 7, 2016

The anthology has been a staple of the horror genre almost since horror began. Usually an anthology consists of two or more stories that are somehow connected. Most horror anthology movies have at least one memorable story. Some are crafted well enough that all the stories are well done. Two prime examples are 1945’s Dead […]

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C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D.

| November 23, 2016

In a previous review (The Initiation) I discussed the year 1984 and its impact on the horror genre. A Nightmare On Elm Street and arguably the best of the Jason Voorhees flicks Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter were released in ’84. Those two movies were very successful at the box office. However, […]

The Initiation

The Initiation

| November 10, 2016

Slasher films dominated the horror genre in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece Halloween set the wheels in motion. Anyone with a small bit of money could make a slasher flick, for better or for worse. Some of these movies, like 1980’s Friday The 13th are still held in high reverence […]

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Dark Water (2002)

Dark Water (2002)

| October 27, 2016

Modern American horror audiences have no patience. If there isn’t something jumping out from nowhere every 5 minutes, the movie is deemed boring. That’s a rather unfortunate way of thinking. Some of the most effective horror movies of all time had slow builds with amazing payoffs. For example, 1963’s The Haunting is eerie and atmospheric, […]

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The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast

| October 25, 2016

How do you like your horror movies? Slow building and suspenseful? Jump scares every 5 minutes? Or gruesome blood and guts? If you prefer choice number 3, then I have the perfect director for you. He’s an unassuming, affable gentlemen who just so happens to take gleeful pleasure in the number of ways he can […]

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Vampyres

Vampyres

| October 21, 2016

The 1970s was a golden era for erotic vampire films thanks to Eurohorror auteurs like Jean Rollin and Jesús Franco and the increasing reliance on sex appeal in Hammer’s gothic horrors. One of the enduring classics of that age is 1974’s Vampyres, directed by José Ramón Larraz and filmed in the UK. Larraz has been […]