“Dark Shadows” 10 Years Later – The End of the Burton/Depp Era

Between The Addams Family, The Munsters, and Dark Shadows, the 1960’s seemed to be a highpoint for lighthearted “horror” based TV shows.  While the first two were more sitcom-based, Dark Shadows took the soap opera approach and remained a popular TV show.  So when it was announced that Tim Burton was doing a movie adaptation, fans were both intrigued but apprehensive. Casting his familiar actors … Continue reading “Dark Shadows” 10 Years Later – The End of the Burton/Depp Era

Why Nicolas Cage Thrives in (Indie) Horror

With the upcoming release of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, the recent set photos of him as Dracula, and his own recent comments about not regretting a single role, the internet has certainly had its eye on Nicolas Cage recently. Well-known for his unique and sometimes bizarre style, Cage is honestly a difficult actor to categorize as he’s very much his own category.  He … Continue reading Why Nicolas Cage Thrives in (Indie) Horror

“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

“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

What’s the Best Slasher “Requel”?

They say that originality is dead, and given the number of rebranded, soft-rebooted movie sequels, it’s easy to see why so many feel that way.  And the horror genre hasn’t been immune to this.  We all recall the 2000’s when there was a wave of remakes of slasher classics.  Leatherface, Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, and Freddy Krueger all got the remake treatment, and for the … Continue reading What’s the Best Slasher “Requel”?

“The Number 23” 15 Years Later: So Ridiculous It’s Charming

Several years after his peak as the undisputed comedic king of the box office, and years before his decline into making creepy internet videos addressed to Emma Stone, Jim Carrey (like many other comedic actors) went through a phase where he wanted to try his hand at more dramatic roles.  It had worked for the likes of Robin Williams, who turned out amazing performances in … Continue reading “The Number 23” 15 Years Later: So Ridiculous It’s Charming

“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)