Night of the Living Dead

How the Night of the Living Dead Remake Fixed the Major Issue of the...

George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is an absolute classic. It’s one of the films that truly defined the genre. It created a sub-genre that we’ve come to know...
Creepshow 2 1987

Why Creepshow 2 is an Unexpectedly Balanced Anthology

While the anthology movie is a great and unsung type of horror feature, films of that type usually have the same set of problems. They rarely balance out the stories in a...
Carnosaur 1993

How Carnosaur Beat Jurassic Park to the Punch (We Can’t Believe it Either)

Carnosaur is widely known as a rip off of Jurassic Park. The idea makes sense. After all, Jurassic Park was the biggest hit of 1993 and it built up...
Poster for John Carpenter's They Live

How They Live Bit Back At Yuppie Consumerism

They Live is the most overtly political film John Carpenter ever made, and that's saying something, as most of the director's work touches on politics to some degree. Everything about...
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...
Poster art for Lucky McKee's May

How May Explores the Horrors of Becoming an Adult

Lucky McKee's May is occasionally referred to as Carrie for the next generation, which is a term often tacked on to horror movies with a female protagonist. Other than the fact that their lead...
Casper

Why Casper is the Most Unsung Kids’ Halloween Movie

We all know the danger that comes with revisiting the movies that we loved as kids. It’s a fun exercise in nostalgia to go back and watch them—but the...
Mary Lou (Lisa Schrage) on stage in the 1987 Bruce Pittman horror film Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II.

Why Prom Night II Was the Better Movie (And Set the Tone For the...

The Prom Night series is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to horror franchises. Every series has that one movie that stands out and doesn’t have much...
Demon Knight

Why Demon Knight Still Holds Up After More Than 20 Years!

After five successful seasons on television, the creative team behind HBO’s Tales from the Crypt decided it was time for a new feature film. Given that there had been...
Poster art for Don Coscarelli's Phantasm.

How the Phantasm Series Has Evolved Over Time

Phantasm is widely considered to be a horror classic. Even people who haven’t necessarily seen it are aware of the name. Released in 1979, it was one of the...
Scooby Doo 2002

Why the Scooby Doo Movie Was Actually Kind of Awesome

I know that cartoon to feature film adaptations usually do not work out for the best. Case in point, the Jem and the Holograms feature film. The translation between the two...
Re-animator

A Very Good Head on His Shoulders: Revisiting Re-Animator

The best adaptation of the works of H.P. Lovecraft to date and simply one of the best horror comedies ever made, Re-Animator is classic splatter movie cinema. It's quirky, gorgeous splatter...
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...
Zombie 1979

Why Fulci’s Zombie is the Distilled Essence of Zombie Cinema

It’s a movie of many, many titles. Over thirty years, it’s been known as Zombi 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombie Dawn of the Dead and more, but the American...
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...