Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

Why Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is Actually a Horror Movie

As hard as it is to make a good sequel to a horror movie, it’s almost impossible for a comedy. There are exceptions, like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and...
Less Popular Horror. Poster for Robert Hiltzik's Sleepaway Camp.

“I’ve Always Wanted a Little Girl:” The Pros and Cons of Sleepaway Camp as...

I should start off this examination of the film by saying that I am not a trans individual and that this is only my understanding of both the merits...
Critters 2 - overlooked horror franchises that need more love

Why Critters 2 is the Perfect Easter Horror Movie

With so many holiday-themed horror movies, you’d think Easter would be fairly well covered, but it’s not. Compared to the wealth of pictures set on Christmas and Halloween, Easter gives...
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...
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...
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...
Poster for the David Cronenberg film Videodrome.

Long Live the New Flesh: How Videodrome Defined Body Horror

David Cronenberg’s Videodrome was very much a product of its era. It was made during a major boom in television, which was taking over and finally made it clear...
Jeremy Capello in My Best Friend is a Vampire

Overlooked and Underrated: My Best Friend is a Vampire

There’s some talent involved with this low budget horror comedy (including a very early, small role for Kathy Bates), but nobody remembers it. The movie is fun in a...
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Why V/H/S/2 Outdoes the First

Hearing about it for the first time, I was fairly certain that V/H/S was going to be an impossible movie for me not to like. One, it was bringing...
Poltergeist

How Poltergeist Destroys the American Dream (And Why That’s Great)

Filmmakers in the 1980s had a serious obsession with the American dream. Part of it, I think, was due to the fetish-like obsession with ‘50s Americana. People wanted a very Norman...
Silent Night, Deadly Night

Why Silent Night, Deadly Night Works Way Better Than it Should

Silent Night, Deadly Night caused a huge outrage when it was released in 1984. In fact, it was probably among the biggest movie controversies of all time. It wasn’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...
Bride of Chucky

Why Bride of Chucky is Just Natural Born Killers Done Better

Make no mistake, I have no problem with Natural Born Killers. It’s one of Oliver Stone’s best movies, has a great cast and some great performances. But as a...
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Don’t Wanna Dream No More: How A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Empowered the...

The slasher genre has always fallen under a critical eye for showcasing the deaths of teenagers as gratuitous fun. They are generalized as having no characterization and no depth of...
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....