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...
City of the Living Dead 1981

City of the Living Dead: Fulci’s Strangest or Most Effective Movie?

Lucio Fulci did not make movies with traditional plot or character arcs. He wasn’t interested in these things. His films relied heavily on atmosphere. They showcased gory effects that would...
Ginger gets hungry in Ginger Snaps

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....
How Martin and Vampire's Kiss are Strikingly Similar in their Portrayal of Vampirism

Why One of George Romero’s Best Pictures isn’t Even a Zombie Film

The name George Romero is synonymous with the zombie sub-genre. His first feature, Night of the Living Dead, was absolutely groundbreaking. It changed the game in a lot of...
Asami (Eihi Shiina) getting ready to engage in some torture in Takashi Miike's Audition.

Audition: Disturbing Torture Film or Black Romantic Comedy?

Audition is fairly widely regarded as one of the most disturbing Japanese horror films, if not simply one of the most disturbing horror films, worldwide. And that is a valid...
Alien 3 H.R. Giger Design

Why Alien 3 is the Most Unsung of the Entire Franchise

Alien 3 is a movie that gets a lot of hate. Even now, after twenty years, most people do not consider it good. Director David Fincher has gone onto...

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...
Twilight Zone: The Movie poster

Why Twilight Zone: The Movie is One of the Most Overlooked Anthology Films

Horror anthology films were very successful in the 1980’s in a way that they have not since been, unfortunately. Some of the best of the sub-genre came about during...
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...
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,...
Night of the Creeps 1986

How Night of the Creeps Revitalized the ’50’s Monster Movie

During the 1980’s, there were a lot of films that tried to recapture the spirit of the 1950’s monster movie. They weren’t just limited to horror either. Everything from Gremlins...
Return of the Living Dead 3

Why Return of the Living Dead 3 is One of the Most Underrated Zombie...

In the name alone, Return of the Living Dead 3 sounds like a horror movie worth avoiding. Sure, Return of the Living Dead is a heralded cult classic, but...
The Blob 1988

How The Blob Remake Outdid the Original

1958’s The Blob was the perfect monster monster movie for its era. It’s big, it’s campy, it’s funny. All in all, it is pure popcorn entertainment. The remake, made...
Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 poster

How Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Set itself Apart from the Original And Why it...

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most notorious horror movies ever made. People see whatever they want to see in it. Whether it be a commentary...
Lair of the White Worm

Overlooked & Underrated: Lair of the White Worm

Ken Russell’s Lair of the White Worm is a weird movie. It’s not for everyone and that is part of its charm. In fact, that’s a large part of...