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John Squires

If you don't get enough of me here on Halloween Love, you can also find me on Dread Central, iHorror and Shock Till You Drop. Contact me via john@halloweenlove.com.

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 […]

Movie Review – Hangman (2016)

Nearly twenty years after The Blair Witch Project popularized the POV style, found footage films are still coming at us hot and heavy, though the smart ones understand how tired we are of the gimmick. It’s no longer enough to give a character a handheld camera and place him into a horrifying situation, and so […]

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, […]

Five Upcoming Projects: Robert Englund

In this feature, we look ahead to see what our favorite horror icons have in store for the future. Though Robert Englund was introduced to horror audiences as the character Buck in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film Eaten Alive, also appearing in 1981’s Dead & Buried, it wasn’t until the release of A Nightmare on Elm […]

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. […]