Return of the Living Dead

Return of the Living Dead: The Ultimate Punk Horror Movie

Dan O'Bannon's Return of the Living Dead is, in many ways, the 1980's horror film. It represents everything about the decade boiled down into one complete package. The movie originated after a falling...
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...
Ralphie Glick in Salem's Lot 1979

Why Salem’s Lot Should Have Been Awful but Wasn’t

Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot is not only a seminal vampire movie but a great Stephen King adaptation as well. It has held up for over thirty-five years and is remembered as...

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...

Return of the Living Dead 2 Was Almost a Kids Movie (And Makes a...

While it doesn’t get the credit of the esteemed Night of the Living Dead, the all-too-unrelated Return of the Living Dead is nonetheless one of the best zombie movies...
Day of the Dead

Why Day of the Dead Might Be the Best of Romero’s Dead Trilogy

George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead is the concluding chapter of his original trilogy. He would go on to make three more zombie films in later years that...

The Boy Who Lived: What Makes Tommy Jarvis a Fan-Favorite Horror Hero

Michael Myers has Doctor Loomis. Freddy Krueger has Nancy Thompson. And Jason Voorhees has Tommy Jarvis. The difference here is that while most heroes originate in the same film...
The Fog 1980

Why The Fog is an Impressive and Under-Appreciated Ghost Story

John Carpenter found incredible success with Halloween, but it was not a success right away. He moved on to the next project believing that the film had been a...
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,...
Halloween

Why Ginger Snaps is an Essential Feminist Horror Movie

Through most of history, werewolf stories and films were pretty aggressively male. They were about secret urges, hidden primal instincts. The Wolf Man is a great example of this....
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...
Children of the Corn

Children Of The Corn – 30 Years Behind The Rows

Based on the Stephen King short story, Children of the Corn actually takes numerous liberties with the source material. But in many ways, King’s incredibly dark story simply couldn’t...
Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill: Perfecting the American Giallo

Many American horror films were influenced by the Italian giallo. It's often said that giallo was the influence behind the entire American slasher genre. But there are several American features that...
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Why Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is Just Footloose With Boobs

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a strange movie. It’s from an era of ‘80s comedies that people tend—or try—to forget. This would be the same era that gave...
Chucky, Andy, and Kyle in the Good Guys factory in Child's Play 2

Why Child’s Play 2 is an Even Bolder Movie Than the First

Child’s Play was one of the most important, genre-defining horror movies of the late eighties. It’s one that everyone remembers and people still really like, but I think a...