puppet master ii

Why Puppet Master II is the Best in the Series (At Being a Horror...

I’ve made it no secret in my writing about horror movies that I’m a complete, unashamed fan of the Puppet Master franchise. Maybe to an unhealthy degree. Like most...
Rawhead Rex

How Rawhead Rex Explored Celtic Horror in New Ways

Clive Barker has had a lot of success on the screen. But then, of course, there are the movies that came early in his career. Barker was so disappointed...
Seven Bloodstained Orchids

Giallo Madness: Seven Bloodstained Orchids

A killer is targeting a group of seemingly unrelated women. But upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that there is a commonality between the victims. A man and his...
DVD cover picture for Wishmaster

Why Wishmaster is Kind of a Mess (But Still Really Fun)

I remember a time when Wishmaster was thought of as one of the bigger horror icons. He was the last guy to emerge in the ‘90s as a central...

Why Jason Lives is a Near-Perfect Horror Comedy

Audiences were disappointed with Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. They wanted Jason, doing what he does best. Despite the film’s other merits, they couldn’t get over...

How Imagination and Effects Saved Friday the 13th Part VII

There’s really not a film in the Friday the 13th franchise that I don’t love to some degree. There are always the ones you really connect with, those that...
Danielle Harris in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

How Halloween 4 Saved the Franchise

When John Carpenter’s Halloween was released, it was the most successful independent film of all time. It held that record for many years. The success didn’t happen right away,...
Demon Knight

Why Demon Knight Still Holds Up After More Than 20 Years!

After five successful seasons on television, the creative team behind HBO’s Tales from the Crypt decided it was time for a new feature film. Given that there had been...
The Toolbox Murders

Why The Toolbox Murders Might be the Sleaziest Art Film Ever

The original Toolbox Murders is a hard movie to pin down. It’s hard even to explain how I feel about it. At this point, I would say most people...
Street Trash

One Man’s Trash: The Sleazy Majesty of Street Trash

We all know the old saying. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It bears repeating because Street Trash is certainly not a treasure for everyone. In some ways...
Bad Moon 1996

Trouble on the Way: Why Bad Moon Doesn’t Get Enough Credit After 20 Years

On one level, Bad Moon frustrates the hell out of me. As a young horror fan, I loved werewolves. Along with vampires, they were pretty much my favorite movie...
Warlock 1989

Why Warlock Doesn’t Get the Attention it Deserves

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there are some really underrated horror directors out there, and then there’s Steve Miner. If he is not the most...
The New York Ripper

How New York Ripper Stretched the Limits of Giallo

The New York Ripper is without a doubt one of Italian maestro Lucio Fulci’s most brutal, controversial films. It has the same structure and setup as a gialli, but...
Opera

How Dario Argento’s Opera Explores the Dark Side of Showbusiness

Opera is Dario Argento’s modern update on The Phantom of the Opera. More than that though, it is representative of the film industry and the nature of show business...
The Burning

How The Burning Beat Friday the 13th At its Own Game

After the success of Halloween, Sean Cunningham—in attempt to recreate that success—directed Friday the 13th. From there, the slasher craze of the early 1980’s was born. Movies like Terror...