Horror

House: Two Stories

House: Two Stories

| April 13, 2017

Horror was an immensely popular genre in the 1980’s. There were a number of genre offshoots, with slasher films being the most watched. Technically, the first slasher film was the 1960 masterpiece Psycho. The early ‘60’s movie audiences were shocked and not quite ready for more of the same kind of movie. Skip ahead to […]

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The Phantasm Collection

The Phantasm Collection

| April 10, 2017

I know it’s only April, but I’m calling it right now. When 2018 rolls around and people start cobbling together their lists of the Best Blu-ray Releases of 2017, you’ll find no shortage of horror fans whose lists declare Well Go USA’s The Phantasm Collection to be bar-none the #1 release of 2017. And the […]

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The Bye Bye Man

The Bye Bye Man

| April 8, 2017

The Bye Bye Man (2017) tells us that “ideas are real,” that thoughts have the power to manifest themselves in the real world by virtue of our belief in them. Unfortunately for The Bye Bye Man, it seems that whatever the idea for the film was, it simply never became reality. Maybe this was due […]

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Pulse (1988)

Pulse (1988)

| April 2, 2017

The premise of 1988’s Pulse alone might not inspire much confidence in viewers that it’s going to be any good at all. The premise: evil electricity stalks a family. Is it a ghost in the machine, like, you know, in Ghost in the Machine (1993)? Is it a demon or an alien entity? Or is […]

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Child Eater

Child Eater

| March 31, 2017

In a recent review for the movie Bloodrunners, I lamented the lack of ambition of too many independent horror filmmakers. While I do believe that lack of ambition is a problem for the genre and independent film scene as a whole, I also must recognize that there are pleasures in seeing familiar material well-executed. It’s […]

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Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

| March 24, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Faces of Horror collection brings together ten horror films on 3 DVDs at a budget price–it’s currently less than $9 on Amazon, in fact. If you’re like me, you see these collections pop up all the time in stores, and you can’t help but wonder if they’re actually worth the purchase, given […]

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Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

People seem to like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984) well enough. At the very least, people acknowledge its existence as yet another Stephen King movie that was “pretty good,” as the one with a tiny Drew Barrymore in it. Why I encounter so many who don’t outright love the movie is completely beyond me though! […]

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Bloodrunners

Bloodrunners

| March 7, 2017

The independent horror landscape is glutted with far too many similar productions. Slasher and zombie movies, done as cheaply as possible, are the most common. Ambition is sorely lacking in most of these films, which at best seem like earnest labors of love hampered by resources and inexperience and at worst seem like cynical attempts […]

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Devil in the Dark

Devil in the Dark

| March 6, 2017

Since the advent of cheap camera drone technology over the last few years, more and more films have succumbed to the temptation of far too many gratuitous drone shots. There’s no question that good drone footage can enhance a film’s production value, but it’s easy for a filmmaker excited for this new toy to overuse […]

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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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