15 Brutal Facts About “Hostel II”

Along with Saw, Hostel remains the go to example for what now refer to a the “torture porn” era of the 2000s.  In many ways, Hostel’s literal torture scenes are the epitome of how gruesome these movies can get.  And while it’s remembered infamously, for many the second movie was superior in every way. It has more interesting characters, it expands on the lore, and … Continue reading 15 Brutal Facts About “Hostel II”

How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

Most writers and directors could only dream of making a movie that’s so popular and has such an impact so as to create a shift in the genre itself. George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead led to the birth of the zombie subgenre,  John Carpenter’s Halloween lead to the slasher boom of the 80’s, and Wes Craven’s Scream led to slashers going full … Continue reading How Leigh Whannell and James Wan Changed Horror (Twice)

How Horror Changed Over Time

For many nonfans, it’s easy to write off horror as being either cheap or poor in quality. And while there’s no shortage of terrible horror films to complain about, there is also a level of brilliance, which is often overlooked. The simple fact is the horror genre is much smarter than it gets credit for. Over the years, the necessary tools to elicit a frightened … Continue reading How Horror Changed Over Time