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The Walking Dead – The Night The Good Guys Became The Baddest Guys

As we head deeper and deeper into the world of The Walking Dead, the lines between “good” and “evil” are blurring so much that they’re becoming hard to see. It’s something that has been happening over the course of the last several seasons, as countless episodes have documented individual struggles characters have had with embracing […]

Opinions Don’t Matter: The Witch is a Big Win for the Horror Genre

Every once in a while, an independent horror film garners such rave reviews on the festival circuit that future backlash is inevitable, as many fans build up impossibly high expectations in their own heads and then toss around meaningless terms like “over-hyped” when those expectations are not met – essentially, as silly as it sounds, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Rare Exports: The Original Krampus Horror Movie

Released earlier this month, Michael Dougherty’s Krampus became a surprise hit at the box office, and I think it’s safe to say the film’s success can be chalked up to both positive reviews and the fact that the titular character is currently more popular than ever. Dougherty’s movie quite literally came along at the perfect […]

Michael Dougherty’s Krampus: Interpreting The Ending

Six years after Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat was dumped to video, after sitting on a shelf for a couple years prior, his follow-up Krampus spread holiday fear at the box office this past weekend. Much to the delight of the horror community – or at least the fans who actually like horror movies – […]