“Carnival of Souls” 60 Years Later – A Masterpiece Ahead of Its Time

Made for a shoestring budget of $30,000 (about $300,000 in today’s money), Carnival of Souls was sadly not much of a box office success.  In fact, due to the same lack of copyright error that plagued Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls was entered into public domain, and thus never made much money.  However, in the 60 years since its release, it’s gained … Continue reading “Carnival of Souls” 60 Years Later – A Masterpiece Ahead of Its Time

Why “They Live” Remains So Relevant Today

John Carpenter’s 1988 classic They Live was very much a product of its time.  With media like Stranger Things, The Goldbergs and every single slasher requel, it’s easy to look back on the 1980’s with nostalgia. But for every rose-tinted viewpoint, there’s a darker side underneath, and John Carpenter’s sci-fi/horror/action film touched upon that perfectly.  But what’s even more fascinating is that They Live has … Continue reading Why “They Live” Remains So Relevant Today

“Uncle Sam”: The End of a Slasher Era

When it comes to 4th of July themed horror movies, you have classics like Jaws, Return of the Living Dead, and I Know What You Did Last Summer.  And while they’re all excellent choices, the 4th of July is really just a backdrop or background setting.  None of them are really about the holiday.  Even something like Independence Day (which is technically sci-fi, not horror, … Continue reading “Uncle Sam”: The End of a Slasher Era

10 Best Horror Films of 2022 (So Far)

With July upon us, 2022 is officially halfway over.  Making up for two years in a row in which the film industry was greatly disrupted by worldwide events, movies seem to be fully back in swing.  With indie gems dominating streaming and studio horror going strong, it’s been a great year for horror movies this year.  So as we enter the second half of the … Continue reading 10 Best Horror Films of 2022 (So Far)

10 Predictions for “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 2

With just a few days until the finale of Season 4 of Stranger Things, the anticipation is higher than ever.  From a series known for its dramatic twists and turns, we can only speculate what may be in store for the next two feature length episodes.  So we thought it would be fun to look at 10 fan theories about the Season 4 finale of … Continue reading 10 Predictions for “Stranger Things” Season 4 Volume 2

“How to Be a Serial Killer” – An Underrated Satire Gem

With the advent of found footage, fake documentaries have been an established staple of the horror genre.  Going all the way back to 1980’s Cannibal Holocaust, we have horror films that purport to be “real” pieces of documentary filmmaking.  However, you typically don’t find many mockumentaries in the horror genre. While technically anything found footage could be considered mockumentary, the term is most commonly associated … Continue reading “How to Be a Serial Killer” – An Underrated Satire Gem

“Prometheus” 10 Years Later – Was It Really That Bad?

After a duo of poorly received sequels, it seemed that the Alien franchise was dead, save for a two spinoff crossovers with Predator.  Then in 2012, the xenomorph’s original creator Ridley Scott returned for a prequel that promised to bring prestige, and qualify back to a series that had long been suffering. Prometheus delivered exactly what Scott set out to do, a deeply philosophical sci-fi/horror … Continue reading “Prometheus” 10 Years Later – Was It Really That Bad?

Why “Dear Billy” is the Greatest Episode That Stranger Things Has Ever Done

Fans of Stranger Things waited patiently for 3 years to finally get a fourth season.  And while Netflix has only released the first seven episodes, their extended runtimes and whopping $30 million budget (per episode) has resulted in a season that some are claiming is as good as the first. While there’s certainly more going on and a much higher CGI budget, it’s the character … Continue reading Why “Dear Billy” is the Greatest Episode That Stranger Things Has Ever Done

Why “Alien: Covenant” Failed to Save the Franchise (5 Years Later)

Ridley Scott’s Alien has always been on people’s “Best Of” lists when it comes to horror/sci-fi movies.  And its sequel Aliens is widely regarded as one of (if not the) greatest movie sequels in history.  So to say that this franchise was iconic from the start would be an understatement.  That said, the next two entries, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection suffered from both critical … Continue reading Why “Alien: Covenant” Failed to Save the Franchise (5 Years Later)

“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