Why “The Ring” Still Holds Up 20 Years Later

In terms of horror trends the 00’s decade is mostly associated with ultra-violent and gory “torture porn” films like the Saw and Hostel series.  However this very decade was also synonymous with another trend: American remakes of Asian horror films.  Beginning with the massive success of The Ring in 2002, the next few years saw the release of others like The Grudge, One Missed Call, … Continue reading Why “The Ring” Still Holds Up 20 Years Later

Ranking Every “Hellraiser” Movie (Including 2022)

Most horror villains are either misunderstood and misguided like Jason Vorhees and Leatherface, or pure evil like Freddy Krueger or Chucky.  But Clive Barker’s Hell Priest (more commonly known as “Pinhead”) stands apart in that he is truly a force of nature. Angel to some, demons to others, Pinhead is the epitome of true neutral and merely comes when you summon him, much like death … Continue reading Ranking Every “Hellraiser” Movie (Including 2022)

“Smile” – An Unrelenting, Disturbing Supernatural Thriller (Spoiler Free Review)

Smiles are meant to convey feelings of happiness or humor, but for horror fans, they’re often used to convey abject terror and fear.  No movie better embodies that than Parker Finn’s feature directorial debut, Smile.  Starring Sosie Bacon (daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick), Smile is intentionally vague on lore, but very heavy on supernatural terror… Smiles, Smiles Everywhere Following a grim dream/flashback to … Continue reading “Smile” – An Unrelenting, Disturbing Supernatural Thriller (Spoiler Free Review)

Amityville II: The Possession – 40 Years Later

There is perhaps no more famous or well-known “haunted” house in the US than one that sits on Ocean Ave in Long Island, New York.  Because of the bestselling novel and long-lasting horror franchise, the town of Amityville will always be synonymous with the alleged haunting. And while The Amityville Horror sensationalized an alleged haunting (that many argue was an outright hoax), there was a … Continue reading Amityville II: The Possession – 40 Years Later

25 Fun Facts About “Wishmaster”

Because of Disney movies like Aladdin and sitcoms like I Dream of Jeannie, our perception of genies is that of a fun, lovable being capable of befriending humans and granting them wishes.  However, the original mythos from which genies derive is far more dark and disturbing.  1997’s Wishmaster tapped into that, in a largely overlooked horror/fantasy that’s not half bad upon rewatch 25 years later.  … Continue reading 25 Fun Facts About “Wishmaster”

American Horror Stories: “Aura” Review

Who else shudders every time someone knocks on their door at night?  This day and age, doorbell cameras are all the rage because in the digital/texting world we live in, it’s rare that people just “pop over” anymore.  The latest episode of American Horror Stories, “Aura” taps into that fear, but with a fascinating spin on it. Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned!!! Home Security … Continue reading American Horror Stories: “Aura” Review

American Horror Stories: “Dollhouse” Review

After a lukewarm received first season, the American Horror Story spinoff series, American Horror Stories (emphasis on the plural) is back with a second season.  And its premiere episode “Dollhouse” is a refreshing step up from pretty much everything we got last year.  Let’s dig into why that is. Spoilers Ahead: You’ve Been Warned Twisted Game A young woman named Coby (Kristine Froseth) goes for … Continue reading American Horror Stories: “Dollhouse” Review

“It” 1990 vs. 2017/2019

When it comes to creepy clowns, there are perhaps none as iconic as Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It”.  Often credited (or blamed) with making clowns scary, King’s creation has had a lasting effect on horror media.  Not just because of the best-selling novel, but because of not one, but two popular movie adaptations. The It TV movie from 1990 was the definitive adaptation until another … Continue reading “It” 1990 vs. 2017/2019

“Incantation” – Movie Review

One part Paranormal Activity, one part Hereditary, the latest Netflix original horror film from Taiwan, Incantation begs the question of whether curses can be passed down from one generation to the next.  Utilizing the found footage style, but in a fresh and unique manner, Incantation manages to tell a fragmented, but compelling story with genuine creepy scares. Devastating Curse The worst nightmare for any parent … Continue reading “Incantation” – Movie Review

“On the 3rd Day” – Movie Review

If the entire world told you that someone you loved didn’t exist and acted like you were crazy for thinking so, would you just accept it or do everything you could to prove them wrong?  Shudder’s latest exclusive film On the 3rd Day touches upon this very issue.  It boasts creative and creepy visuals, with a mystery/thriller vibe that works most of the time… Amnesia … Continue reading “On the 3rd Day” – Movie Review