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...
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...
Child's Play 3 - Threequels

Why Child’s Play 3 Deserves More Love Than it Gets

Child’s Play is pretty well regarded as one of the major horror franchises. It ranks right up there with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Friday the 13th....
Banner poster featuring Pennywise from the movie IT.

I’m Loving IT: Seven Best Moments from the 1990 Miniseries

In my excitement for the upcoming film adaptation of It, it has definitely appeared to some readers that I’ve come down pretty hard on the 1990 miniseries. But that...
A Return to Salem's Lot

A Drinking Problem: Why Return to Salem’s Lot is One of the Most Bats–t...

Despite being a made-for-TV miniseries, Salem’s Lot is one of the pinnacles of the vampire genre. It’s iconic. Often hailed as one of the best Stephen King adaptations, as...
Halloween II 2009

White Horse Whisperer: Why Zombie’s Halloween II is (Almost) a Masterpiece

There aren’t many horror films that are more immediately divisive than Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake and its sequel. Some people love them more than the original—I don’t agree, but...
Monster Movies

Why Silver Bullet Could Have Been a Classic Werewolf Movie

Stephen King’s Silver Bullet certainly has its fans. It’s not one of the best adaptations of the author’s work, but it is far from the worst. There’s something almost...
Christine 1983

Christine: John Carpenter’s Unsung Love Story

Even after directing Christine, John Carpenter would say in interviews that while he loved directing horror, he dreamed of directing a love story. And while Starman may have been a more mainstream, cut-and-dried...
The Rage: Carrie 2

Why The Rage: Carrie 2 is Worth a Second Look

I rented The Rage: Carrie 2 when it came out in 1999 and as soon as it was over I vowed never to watch it again. I was ten....
Bram Stoker's Dracula

How Bram Stoker’s Dracula Helped Define the Gory Excess of the 1990’s

So many people, even now, believe the 1980’s to be a golden age in horror history. By extension, the 1990’s is believed to be an incredibly dull period. Many...
Hellraiser: Judgment - Michael Myers vs Pinhead - Hellraiser - Clive Barker Adaptations

How Hellraiser: Bloodline Went From An Ambitious Franchise Saver To The Pin In The...

The Hellraiser franchise has always been rocky. The first two movies are absolutely spectacular. Hellraiser III is a bit underrated, but not without its problems by any stretch. And...
Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Hellbound: Hellraiser II – Crafting a Modern Fairy Tale

Hellraiser was a major horror hit that nobody expected; it even surprised those who had read Clive Barker's Books of Blood and were already familiar with his work. But for once, the...
Friday the 13th Part III

How Friday the 13th Part III Was Almost Ruined by Its Own Gimmick

Friday the 13th Part III is one of the most beloved entries in the series canon. It’s an incredibly important feature to the overall franchise, as it is the...
Killer appears in A New Beginning

Why A New Beginning is the Most Unsung Friday the 13th Movie

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is, as I have written before, is the ultimate Jason Voorhees movie. It’s the perfect embodiment of all things Friday the 13th. It did not,...