“Hocus Pocus 2” – A Soulless Sequel That Lacks the Charm of the Original (Review)

There are few family friendly Halloween films that have had the lasting power of 1993’s Hocus Pocus.  For those who primarily grew up in the 90s (like myself), it holds a special nostalgic place in our collective childhoods.  And even now as adults, it makes for a fun watch every Halloween season. So it was absolutely no surprise that in the age of sequels/requels/reboots, Disney … Continue reading “Hocus Pocus 2” – A Soulless Sequel That Lacks the Charm of the Original (Review)

Ranking Every Rob Zombie Movie (including The Munsters)

There are few directors out there quite as divisive as Rob Zombie.  You either enjoy his films for what they are, or you despise them and refer to them as literal garbage with very few people in the middle.  Between his surrealist music video approach to visuals, and characters that are incredibly trashy and hostile towards one another, he’s almost a genre to himself. So … Continue reading Ranking Every Rob Zombie Movie (including The Munsters)

“Sissy” – Movie Review

We all have a desire to feel loved, accepted, and wanted.  We often find these needs met via family and romantic partners, but friendships play an important role in it as well, particularly as children.  Making friends is a quintessential component of childhood social development.  So losing that and feeling excluded can drive people down dark paths.  Shudder’s latest original film Sissy takes this idea … Continue reading “Sissy” – Movie Review

“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)

“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

“Jeepers Creepers: Reborn” – Movie Review

Between production delays due to a global pandemic, and having to publicize that it had nothing to do with the previous creator, Jeepers Creepers: Reborn has had a rough road several years in the making.  Unfortunately for the final film, the result leaves a lot to be desired.  Jeepers Creepers: Reborn has a few things going for it, but it has a lot going against … Continue reading “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn” – Movie Review

“Pearl” – Equal Parts Heartfelt and Brutal (Spoiler Free Review)

We were first introduced to Pearl earlier this year as the elderly woman full of regret who took her rage out on young people she resented for living the life she always wanted.  Ti West’s unexpected prequel gives us a fascinating, poignant, and at times humorous look into what made her the iconic horror villain she is. Lizzie Borden as a Disney Princess Opening in … Continue reading “Pearl” – Equal Parts Heartfelt and Brutal (Spoiler Free 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)

“Get Out” vs. “Us” vs. “Nope”

After making a name for himself in both sketch comedy and horror/thriller movies, Jordan Peele seems to be on top of the world.  He achieved the amazingly rare feat of writing/directing a horror film that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (and even won Best Original Screenplay). So with the release of his latest film Nope, it inevitably garnishes comparisons to his previous … Continue reading “Get Out” vs. “Us” vs. “Nope”

“Nope” – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Following the massive critical and commercial success of Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele has demonstrated his horror chops, along with his ability to make us laugh and scream in terror simultaneously.  In addition to delivering on laughs and scares, Peele’s movie always had a fascinating social commentary infused that allowed for greater discussion. And it’s in all that that Nope definitely feels different than … Continue reading “Nope” – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)