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...

Why The Howling is a Non-Traditional Werewolf Movie (Even Now)

In general, The Howling is considered to be one of the two best werewolf movies ever made. It is constantly ranked beside An American Werewolf in London, ironic considering...
Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity: Does it Hold Up?

When Paranormal Activity burst onto the scene, it felt as big as The Blair Witch Project. In fact, it was the same movie of that type that I’d seen...
Escape from New York

Why Escape from New York Worked So Well Without Backstory

Escape from New York is one of John Carpenter’s best films. After the double horror hits of Halloween and The Fog, Escape from New York returned Carpenter to the...
Ernest Scared Stupid

Ernest Scared Stupid: A Look Back at the Campy Kiddie Horror (That Traumatized Me...

For anyone not familiar with the Ernest films, they were a comedy series aimed at children that presented a lovable idiot hick getting himself into increasingly baffling situation that...
Castle Dracula

120 Years and Counting: Why Dracula is More Modern Than It’s Given Credit For

Believe it or not, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is 120 years old. With the amount of impact it’s had on pop culture, from movies and television, books and comics and...
Black Belly of the Tarantula

Giallo Madness: Black Belly of the Tarantula

Giallo Madness is a segment on Wicked Horror where we revisit the classic giallo films of yesteryear. We will certainly touch on titles you've seen before but maybe we...
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...
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...
Horror literature

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...
Puppet Master III

Why Most Nazi Horror is Terrible (Unless it’s Puppet Master III)

Horror movies about Nazis are inherently problematic because Nazis represent an evil that is in many ways the distilled essence of all bigotry. Anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, the Nazis were...
Buffy

She Saved the World A Lot: Growing Up With Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I was eight years old when Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered. It worked out in a funny way. By pure coincidence, my dad came home with the movie solely...

How Near Dark Explores the Dark Side of Family Structure

Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark is a horror movie about family. That does not make it a family horror movie, mind you. But its center focus is on the structure...

Why Christine Brown in Drag Me to Hell Deserved Everything She Got

Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell is equal parts Evil Dead and Thinner. It’s a supernatural Romani revenge story told through Raimi’s signature style. It’s over-the-top and things go...
Seed of Chucky

Family Matters: Defending Seed of Chucky (Sort of)

The greatest thing about the Child’s Play franchise can also be one of the most alienating things to fans, and that’s the fact that every entry is a completely...