In the Mouth of Madness

Why In the Mouth of Madness is One of the Most Underrated Meta-Horrors

Scream and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare are widely regarded as the two movies that kicked off meta-horror in the 1990’s. Both were, in their own way, deconstructions of the...
Halloween, Ginger Snaps

How Ginger Snaps Helped the Horror Genre and Found its Audience

Ginger Snaps--as I've written about here--is one of the best horror movies of the past fifteen years, period. It’s among the great werewolf films of all time. Yes, it...
Alien (1979) The problem with sub-genres - label makers

How Alien Raised the Bar for Visuals in Horror

Throughout most of the 1970’s, horror was very focused on realism. There was a transition period in the previous decade that moved the genre away from the gothic Hammer...
Return to Horror High

Why Return to Horror High was Insanely Ahead of Its Time

Return to Horror High is a low-budget slasher from the late ‘80’s, which was a notoriously bad time for the sub-genre. Not only were the films cheap, they generally...
Mosquito

Why Mosquito is a Shameless, Goofy Good Time

If there’s one low budget monster movie that people my age tend to remember, even if they’re not necessarily horror fans, it’s Mosquito. I can’t really fathom why that...
Halloween 6

Why Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Actually Isn’t a Bad Film

Every once in a great while, a horror film is released that is universally embraced by fans from all walks of life. From the superb writing, visionary direction and stellar acting,...
Lake Placid

What a Croc: Revisiting Lake Placid

While killer animal movies are among the most popular and prevalent horror offerings being produced today, very few are actually remembered as classics. Really, there’s Jaws and that’s about...
Zombie

Why Fulci’s Zombie is the Distilled Essence of Zombie Cinema

It’s a movie of many, many titles. Over thirty years, it’s been known as Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie Dawn of the Dead and more, but the American...
Jamie Lee Curtis in Terror Train

Why Terror Train is a Surprisingly Innovative Slasher

The slasher subgenre boomed after the release of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Where no one was even really sure that Halloween would work—at least not in the way that it...
Argento's Deep Red

How Argento’s Deep Red Influenced Surrealist Cinema

Suspiria will probably always be remembered as Dario Argento’s best. But even still, it’s remembered as the best in a very impressive career, especially in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s....
The Brood

Why The Brood is Cronenberg’s Most Autobiographical Movie

David Cronenberg’s The Brood is not only one of his best movies, it’s one of his most personal as well. It might not seem like it at first. But...
Subspecies

Why Subspecies is a Perfect Throwback to ’60’s Gothic Camp

Full Moon Entertainment was never known for really making movies that were “of the time.” They weren’t relevant to current cultural issues. Charles Band simply wanted to produce films...
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

How Well Does The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue Hold Up Today?

I recently decided to give the underrated Italian gem, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue a try and I’m glad I did. The premise of the film is simple yet...
Castle Freak

Why Castle Freak Works as a Dark Family Drama

Stuart Gordon’s first feature film, Re-Animator, was one of those rare movies that became an instant cult classic. It didn’t have a huge release. It was exhibited without an...
Idle Hands

Why Idle Hands is an Essential Horror Comedy That Never Found its Audience

Horror in the 1990’s was a very different thing from the ‘80’s. Where the previous decade produced cult classic after cult classic (with the titles that didn’t make it to theaters...