Halloween Love

How Final Destination Reinvented the Modern Slasher Film

The one-two punch of Halloween and Friday the 13th, released just two years apart, is credited for kick-starting the American slasher movement, though the sub-genre’s roots date back even further than 1978. Post-Friday the 13th, Wes Craven reinvented slasher cinema with A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, and he did much the same thing […]

Simplicity: The Key to Reviving Slasher Franchises?

When it comes to the re-animation of the big slasher franchises, a pattern has recently begun to develop. New Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween films have been on-again, off-again more times than I can count, and it seems that the studios who own those properties just can’t seem to figure out […]

Why the Horror Genre Needs More Filmmakers Like Kevin Smith

On the night of September 18th, 2014, I watched veteran actor Michael Parks (at his scenery-chewing best) turn Justin Long, quite literally, into a human walrus. As Long, housed inside of a rubbery creature suit that will forever be etched into my brain, waddled across the screen, I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. Going into […]

It’s NOT A Lion : Cloverfield Stomps All Over The Alternative Poster Art List!

Sunday has once again arrived all too quickly, and here at Halloween Love that means one thing – it’s time for another batch of incredible poster images from the thriving alternative art community! So far I’ve revealed my personal favorite posters that pay tribute to: Jaws – Stephen King’s IT – Alien – The Shining […]

10 Cloverfield Lane and the Brilliance of Secretive Marketing

It was on this day in 2008 that I sat down in my local theater to watch Cloverfield, a movie that I knew very little about at the time. In fact, I knew almost nothing about it, and that was certainly by design. The marketing for the J.J. Abrams-produced monster movie was so brilliant and […]

How Martyrs Turned “Torture Porn” into High Art

There are few labels that have done more damage to the horror genre than “torture porn,” a term that has been applied to films like Hostel and the Saw franchise. What the term essentially implies is that the films labeled with it are bereft of substance, making them the horror genre’s version of, well, pornography. […]

Movie Review – Deathgasm (2015)

When listing off the most influential horror movies of all time, I don’t think anyone would argue with Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead being put right up there with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Both films are responsible for spawning so many cool movies – and bad ones, but let’s focus on the […]

Walmart and Horror Fans: We’re Friends, Not Enemies

A couple horror films made news last year when Walmart took it upon themselves to quite literally change the titles of those movies, namely the horror-comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (which became Bloodsucking Bosses) and the anthology A Christmas Horror Story (re-titled A Holiday Horror Story). In so many words, they don’t want any controversy on their […]