“Pennywise: The Story of It” Documentary Coming to Screambox July 26, 2022

While the 2016 clown craze and the more recent adaptations of Stephen King’s “It” in 2017 and 2019 have certainly kept the creepy clown mythos alive, there are many (myself included) who still considered Tim Curry’s take on Pennywise as the definitive creepy clown in horror history. So it comes with excitement and anticipation that a brand new documentary, Pennywise: The Story of It is … Continue reading “Pennywise: The Story of It” Documentary Coming to Screambox July 26, 2022

“The Found Footage Phenomenon” – Movie Review

One of the often-overlooked collections on Shudder is its “Diabolical Documentaries” lineup, which includes a myriad of great non-fiction deep dives into the genre that we all love.  Among them are Shudder originals like the critically acclaimed Cursed Films and Horror Noire. Shudder’s latest original film The Found Footage Phenomenon is a worthy addition to this collection.  Tracing the origin of the subgenre itself and … Continue reading “The Found Footage Phenomenon” – Movie Review

“Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street” – Movie Review

Following up their insightful and inclusive 2019 documentary, Horror Noire, Shudder just released another original documentary, dealing with a very real issue in both our world, as well as the horror genre. Coinciding with the beginning of Pride Month, Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street not only address the “infamous” gay subtext of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, it also tells an … Continue reading “Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street” – Movie Review

Cursed Films: “The Crow/Twilight Zone: The Movie” Review

Shudder’s final two episodes of their intriguing docuseries Cursed Films deal with tragic on set accidents that resulted in the loss of life. Unlike the supposed supernatural curses associated with The Exorcist, The Omen, and Poltergeist, the disastrous events on the sets of Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Crow were the direct results of mishaps on set. And perhaps that’s the real curse. Real … Continue reading Cursed Films: “The Crow/Twilight Zone: The Movie” Review

Cursed Films: “Poltergeist” Review

As we all remain in quarantine, turning to beloved horror films and shows like Cursed Films to keep us busy, the aforementioned docuseries asks a bold question: can an evil curse spread via an object like a virus? Analyzing the unfortunate deaths that surrounded the Poltergeist franchise, Cursed Films attempts to understand just what happened. Mystique From Tragedy Even more so than the previous films … Continue reading Cursed Films: “Poltergeist” Review

Cursed Films: “The Omen” Review

While the alleged curse of The Exorcist took form in a set fire and the death of Max von Sydow’s brother, The Omen seemed to up the ante, so to speak. Long has legend told stories of cast and crew members dying, as well as a demonic force truly present. The latest episode of Shudder’s Cursed Films docuseries begs the dreaded question, did this film … Continue reading Cursed Films: “The Omen” Review

Cursed Films: “The Exorcist” Review

Following up their enlightening original documentary Horror Noire, Shudder is taking another dive behind the scenes with Cursed Films: a five part docuseries about the strange happenings that occurred in real life around the productions of some of our favorite horror films. Featuring interviews with cast members (Linda Blair, Eileen Dietz), film critics, and religious studies professors, the first episode analyzes one of the greatest … Continue reading Cursed Films: “The Exorcist” Review

“Scary Stories” Documentary Review

2019, Directed by Cody Meireck, Giant Thumb Studios/Wild Eye Releasing, 84 minutes Children have always had a morbid curiosity when it comes to all things horror.  They may be easily frightened, but there’s something about being scared that intrigues them.  And for many children of the 80’s and 90’s, there was no better introduction to horror than Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the … Continue reading “Scary Stories” Documentary Review