“Influencer” – Movie Review

There are vacation horror stories and then there are vacation horror stories.  The former usually involves bad food, less than ideal lodging, and bad experiences with tourists.  And the latter aptly describes the latest Shudder original movie, Influencer. Like many other vacation horror movies, Influencer follows a character whose tropical getaway turns into a life or death situation.  Filled with twists and turns (some of … Continue reading “Influencer” – Movie Review

“Barbarian”: A Bizarrely Entertaining Wild Ride!!! (Spoiler Free Review)

In the digital age, we don’t think twice about getting into strangers’ cars via Uber or staying in strangers’ houses via sites like Airbnb.  However, the horror genre is there to give us all the adequate fright we need to remind us of just how insane these phenomena truly are.  Zach Cregger’s Barbarian takes us on an incredibly wild ride of subverting expectations, ridiculous laughs, … Continue reading “Barbarian”: A Bizarrely Entertaining Wild Ride!!! (Spoiler Free Review)

“Last Night in Soho” – Movie Review

Known more for comedy, Edgar Wright has certainly dabbled into horror with what was arguably one of the best zombie movies of the 2000’s, Shaun of the Dead.  His fast and intentionally choppy editing style has been used to great perfection when it comes to getting laughs.  And in his latest film Last Night in Soho, he proves to be just as effective at eliciting … Continue reading “Last Night in Soho” – Movie Review

I Know What You Did Last Summer: Ep. 1-4 Review

After Scream reinvigorated the slasher subgenre in 1996, a wave of meta teen slashers erupted to cash in one the success.  The following year saw arguably the most famous, 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. Based on the 1973 Lois Duncan murder/mystery novel, Kevin Williamson had actually written this screenplay first, but struggled to sell it.  Then, after the success of Scream, he … Continue reading I Know What You Did Last Summer: Ep. 1-4 Review

Why James Wan’s “Malignant” is So Divisive

After spending a few years away from horror, making films like Furious 7 and Aquaman, James Wan’s return to this genre was a momentous occasion.  His love and passion for the genre clearly shows as he wanted to make another horror film before getting to work on the Aquaman sequel, and that film was the hotly anticipated Malignant. Having been out for nearly a week … Continue reading Why James Wan’s “Malignant” is So Divisive

“Son” – Movie Review

Even years after escaping, former cult members can often feel a lingering trauma that never really leaves them.  Shudder’s latest original horror/drama Son, explores this idea, along with the moral imperative of how far a person might go to protect their child.  All with a sinister twist of course! Mysterious Past Opening with its protagonist Laura (Andi Matichak), we see a woman very dirty and … Continue reading “Son” – Movie Review

“The Reckoning” – Movie Review

Hysteria surrounding witchcraft and persecution of women have sadly gone hand in hand for centuries.  The wretched 15th century publication, the “Malleus Maleficarum” was used as a justification to torment, torture, and abuse women who didn’t fall into their perceived place in society, all in the name of witchcraft. Shudder’s latest exclusive film The Reckoning deals with the wave of witch paranoia and persecution that … Continue reading “The Reckoning” – Movie Review

Why “Red Riding Hood” is Better than We Remember

There was a strange trend in the early 2010’s which featured of slew of old fairy tale stories getting remade into gritty action/thriller films.  These included Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), and Maleficent (2014), as well as ABC’s Once Upon a Time (2011) if you count TV. This trend arguably began with the … Continue reading Why “Red Riding Hood” is Better than We Remember

25 Gritty Facts About “Se7en”

There’s something inherently frightening, but fascinating about serial killers.  For some reason people seem drawn to stories about them, sometimes even to unhealthy levels of obsession. So it’s no surprise that movies like Se7en gain critical acclaim.  Among many critics there’s a snobby bias against horror films, so movies like this often get called thrillers, but make no mistake, Se7en is definitely a horror film. … Continue reading 25 Gritty Facts About “Se7en”

“The Lords of Salem”: Rob Zombie’s Strangest, Most Fascinating Movie

Rob Zombie is definitely a subgenre on his own.  Known for his hyper-violent, hyper-vulgar, and hyper-grotesque everything, his films usually fall into the brutally gory slasher genre.  But, citing old school classic horror as an inspiration, they’ve always had a sense of surrealist style to them. And no film of his captures this style quite like 2012’s The Lords of Salem.  It has all the … Continue reading “The Lords of Salem”: Rob Zombie’s Strangest, Most Fascinating Movie