The Visceral, Surrealist Nightmare That is 1981’s “Possession”

Released in 1981 and subsequently banned and added to the infamous “Video Nasty” list, Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession is a film that for a long time wasn’t the most accessible or easiest to get ahold of.  Thanks to Shudder, it’s now streaming as an exclusive on their platform, and for many fans who are watching it for the first time, they’re finding out just how bizarre, … Continue reading The Visceral, Surrealist Nightmare That is 1981’s “Possession”

“Studio 666” – Movie Review

Since the days of Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Center, rock music has always been associated with devil worship.  Films like Trick or Treat (1986), The Lords of Salem, and Black Roses played into that fear, as did Tenacious D (albeit in a more satirical way). So when it was announced that Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foo Fighters were starring … Continue reading “Studio 666” – Movie Review

How the “Annabelle” Trilogy Got Better with Each Movie

Without a doubt, the most iconic visual to come out of 2013’s The Conjuring was that of the creepy Annabelle doll.  Its story serves as the film’s prologue, and it does a great job of both introducing Ed and Lorraine Warren, while also setting up an unsettling tone. So it wasn’t a really a surprise that Warner Brothers announced an Annabelle spinoff.  From it spawned … Continue reading How the “Annabelle” Trilogy Got Better with Each Movie

Scott Derrickson and the Art of Blending Horror with Other Genres

Few directors have had the consistently strong track record of Scott Derrickson, particularly in such a short period of time. Getting his start with 2000’s Hellraiser: Inferno (one of the better direct to video sequels of that franchise), he hit it big with the trifecta that was The Exorcism and Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil, one after another (with a remake of … Continue reading Scott Derrickson and the Art of Blending Horror with Other Genres

“32 Malasaña Street” – Movie Review

The haunted house genre remains one of the oldest staples of horror itself, dating back to things like Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher”.  In a more modern sense, they can challenging to pull off simply because they’ve been done to death (no pun intended). However with a strong sense of atmosphere, and a whole lot of dread, 32 Malasaña Street … Continue reading “32 Malasaña Street” – Movie Review

Why “The Unborn” Never Really Took Off

Back in 2009, The Unborn debuted to a quiet January release, with legitimate box office success, but very mixed reviews.  It aimed to be a creepy supernatural thriller aimed at teens (with its PG-13 rating), but never fulfilled the potential it had.  The film was filled with great ideas that just never developed into the amazing piece of horror it could have been. A Different … Continue reading Why “The Unborn” Never Really Took Off

10 Fun Facts About “The Last Exorcism”

Ever since sending shockwaves around the world in 1973, no other film has reached the level that The Exorcist did in terms of cultural impact. In fact, most horror filmmakers try to find ways to subvert the tropes set forth by that classic film. One such movie that does a particularly interesting job of this is 2010’s The Last Exorcism. Produced by Eli Roth, it’s … Continue reading 10 Fun Facts About “The Last Exorcism”

30 Fun Facts About “The Exorcist III”

For over 40 years, The Exorcist has been considered by many to be the greatest and most frightening horror film ever made. Its reputation is unlike any other. However, its sequel The Exorcist II: The Heretic is remembered as one of the worst horror movie and most unnecessary sequels in history. The third entry in the series is another story entirely. Serving as more of … Continue reading 30 Fun Facts About “The Exorcist III”

Movies That Are (Technically) Part of the Conjuring Universe

Since 2013, Warner Brothers’ Conjuring Universe has been going strong as the single successful shared universe in the horror genre (much to the dismay of Universal and their short lived “Dark Universe”). Based around the paranormal cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, there’s no shortage of stories to pull from, given that they were in the paranormal business for well over 50 years!   However, the … Continue reading Movies That Are (Technically) Part of the Conjuring Universe

“Metamorphosis” – Movie Review

Korean and Japanese horror is often associated with images of ghostly young women with long dark hair that ominously approaches you. And while there are certainly many films that follow this trope, it doesn’t mean that it’s the only one. Shudder’s latest original film Metamorphosis, proves that Korean horror can dabble in a subject quite familiar to Western Christians: exorcism. A Family Matter The film … Continue reading “Metamorphosis” – Movie Review