Friday the 13th Part 2

How Friday the 13th Part 2 Casually Improves on the Original

Friday the 13th took the world by storm in a way that was completely unexpected, especially by the filmmakers themselves. They had, by their own admission, not necessarily set...
Curtains 1983

Peeling Back the Curtain: How Curtains Explores the Sleazier Side of Hollywood

By 1983, the slasher cycle was dying down. It had, for the most part, run its course. Halloween, Terror Train, The Prowler, Prom Night, we’d seen so many in...
Hellraiser Hellworld

“It’s Just a Game:” The Meta Weirdness of Hellraiser Hellworld

The Hellraiser sequels are a bit of a mixed bag. While the second is hopefully still considered something of a classic—not as much as it used to be, certainly—the third...
Invisible Man 1933

Why the Invisible Man is Actually the Scariest Universal Monster

There are a lot of reasons why the original Universal Monsters will always be hailed as the “classic” monsters. Dracula and Frankenstein are both timeless stories and while those...
Puppet Master 4

“This is Omega:” Cyberpunk and Sci-Fi Horror in Puppet Master 4 & 5

When Puppet Master was first released, it became an unexpected hit on home video, launching Full Moon as one of the premiere DTV studios of the era. The first...
Evil Ed Fright Night

Looking Back on Fright Night (1985)

There’s really nothing that compares to the original Fright Night. This film is something of a vampire update on Rear Window. It marked the directorial debut of Tom Holland who...
Spawn

Hell, Boy: Why Spawn Was the Ultimate ’90s Comic

Todd McFarlane rose to comic book superstardom in the late eighties with his work on Amazing Spider-Man. His artwork redefined that character and that world, allowing him to take...
Black Sunday

How Modern Horror is Still Borrowing from Black Sunday

There are a select few directors who immediately come to mind when fans across the world think of Italian horror. While the country has produced so many of the...
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...

Why Martin Remains Unparalleled in its Portrayal of Vampires

George Romero had stated a couple of times that Martin was what he felt to be the best, most complete and closest to his original vision of all of...
Halloween - Michael Myers

Haddonfield High: Remembering the Halloween Young Adult Books

The Halloween franchise has seen several novelizations and tie-ins over the years. Two separate comic series launched in the early and late 2000s, respectively. But the strangest on paper...
Hellbound: Hellraiser II

“What You Wanted to See:” Why Hellraiser II is a Surrealist Nightmare

There was a lengthy period of time when Hellraiser II was considered one of the best horror sequels of all time. I’ll readily admit that I discovered it during...
Campfire Tales 1997

Why Campfire Tales is an Unexpectedly Great Anthology (That No One Remembers)

The ‘80s is sort of remembered as the heyday of horror anthology films, giving us classics like Creepshow 1 & 2, Twilight Zone: The Movie, From a Whisper to...

Why We Need More Weird Anthologies Like Cat’s Eye

Cat’s Eye is a weird movie, but that’s part of what makes it so endearing. Of the Stephen King adaptations I watched over and over again as a kid,...
Exorcist III

Why Exorcist III is One of the Most Overlooked Horrors of the 1990’s

The Exorcist is known in many circles as one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It deserves its reputation. And given that the first follow up effort was...