“Grindhouse” 15 Years Later: An Ambitious Experiment That Deserved Better

Creators are often an amalgamation of their inspirations whether intentionally or not.  And while they’re more known for other genres, both Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez wear their inspirations on their sleeve.  Growing up watching exploitation action/horror/sci-fi films, you can certainly see the same grittiness blended with tongue-in-cheek humor present in many of their critically acclaimed films. So while it seemingly came out of nowhere, … Continue reading “Grindhouse” 15 Years Later: An Ambitious Experiment That Deserved Better

“Blood Rage” 35 Years Later: A Trashy Comfort Food Slasher

For classic horror fans, there’s a comforting charm to the gritty, sleazy, vintage slasher movie.  Produced on shoe-string budgets, these films came during the original slasher boom of the late 70’s/early 80’s and capture a sort of time capsule of a time when independent filmmaking was a wild west, and places like grindhouses and drive ins would play the most absurd and insane of exploitation … Continue reading “Blood Rage” 35 Years Later: A Trashy Comfort Food Slasher

20 Fun Facts About “Panic Room”

Most people aren’t literally worried about things like vampires, werewolves, or aliens getting them.  However, home invasion is a very real, very terrifying threat that we read about in the news every day.  It’s the reason why home invasion horror/thriller movies strike a particular chord with not just horror fans, but general audiences as well. One such movie that struck a chord way back in … Continue reading 20 Fun Facts About “Panic Room”

20 Fun Facts About “Blade II”

While we all await with anticipation for Blade to make his MCU debut, we can enjoy the trilogy of movies in which Wesley Snipes brought the character to life.  The first film gets all the good attention, the third one gets all the infamous attention, but Blade II is often overlooked in conversation.  So in honor of its 20th anniversary today, we thought it would … Continue reading 20 Fun Facts About “Blade II”

45 Strange Facts About “Eraserhead”

To describe David Lynch’s films as experimental would be an understatement.  Known for his surrealist arthouse approach, just about all of his films are the subject of immense film analysis.  His very first feature film Eraserhead is arguably the most surreal and the most heavily speculated. For those that have seen it, it’s a bizarre 90 minute “narrative” that leaves you both confused, but also … Continue reading 45 Strange Facts About “Eraserhead”

“Dead Silence” 15 Years Later: The Right Movie at the Wrong Time

When it comes to popular horror franchises of the last two decades, it’s hard to think of two people more iconic that Leigh Whannell and James Wan.  With Whannell screenwriting, and Wan directing, they spawned the “torture-porn” era with Saw in 2004, and then revolutionized horror again with Insidious in 2011. Even after they both went off on their own, Wan helped create the Conjuring … Continue reading “Dead Silence” 15 Years Later: The Right Movie at the Wrong Time

“Silent House”: An Underrated Gem, 10 Years Later

Long before Elizabeth Olsen was casting spells with the Avengers and fixing multiverses with Doctor Strange, she was breaking into the acting scene and trying to escape the shadow that was being the younger sister of the much more famous Olsen twins. One of her earliest breakout roles was 2012’s Silent House, a lesser known, low budget psychological thriller that’s not only an underrated gem.  … Continue reading “Silent House”: An Underrated Gem, 10 Years Later

Nosferatu: 100 Years Later

Vampires are such an iconic component to monster horror and horror in general.  They’ve essentially become their own subgenre, and to think it all goes back to a single novel and historical figure (who’s still a national hero in Romania today).  And while Bela Lugosi is and always will be the first person you think of when you hear Dracula, he was not the first … Continue reading Nosferatu: 100 Years Later

“The Queen of the Damned” 20 Years Later: Is It as Bad as We Remember?

Long before the days of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles” novels were among the first to really humanize vampires and make audiences sympathize with and follow them as the protagonists.  When the first cinematic adaptation came in 1994, Interview with a Vampire was both critically acclaimed and a financial success, even scoring Oscar nominations. However, the next theatrical venture didn’t go … Continue reading “The Queen of the Damned” 20 Years Later: Is It as Bad as We Remember?

The Messengers: 15 Years Later (aka the pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart Movie You Forgot Existed)

We have enough distance from the 2000’s that we can look back with nostalgic and hindsight.  While the era is known for its foray into torture porn with film series like Saw and Hostel, a lot of people forget that there was a boom in American remakes of Asian Horror, as well as just a lot of generic PG-13 horror movies that were bland and … Continue reading The Messengers: 15 Years Later (aka the pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart Movie You Forgot Existed)