The Last House on the Left

It’s Only a Movie: Why Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left is a...

It’s no coincidence that Wes Craven’s first feature film is also among his most brutal. Craven had a very repressed Christian upbringing. And there was no real way for...
Freddy's Dead 1991

How Freddy’s Dead Became a Living Cartoon

In the late 1980’s, the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise was at the top of its game. While the original had to gain success through word of mouth, Freddy’s...
The bride is brought to life in Frankenhooker

Sluts and Bolts: Why Frankenhooker is a Much Better Movie Than it Should Be

Frankenhooker is a ridiculous B-Movie. It is pure late 1980’s camp and that’s probably the best thing it can be. It’s the only way this was ever going to...
House by the Cemetery

How The House by the Cemetery Inverted the Zombie Genre

Lucio Fulci’s House by the Cemetery is, I’ll admit, my least favorite of the director’s “Gates of Hell” trilogy. But that doesn’t mean that the film is without merits,...
Farmer Vincent in Motel Hell

Why Motel Hell is a Smart, Satirical Horror

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the quintessential barbecue horror movie, if such a thing exists. It may even be surprising to learn that there are others, but Texas...
Poster for John Carpenter's The Thing

Why it Took Decades for The Thing to Become a Classic

John Carpenter’s The Thing is often heralded as his masterpiece. It really is one of his best, in addition to being one of the best sci-fi horrors, one of...
Pinhead in Hellraiser IIi

Why Hellraiser III is an Important Entry in the Franchise

The first two Hellraisers are widely regarded as quintessential horror movies. The first has earned its place as a classic. The second may still leave some people on the fence...

Is It Just Me Or Is Paranormal Activity Way Overhyped?

In this monthly series, a Wicked Horror writer presents an unpopular opinion about a particular genre offering and asks the oft-repeated question, “Is it just me?” In this installment, Joey...
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...
Poster for Ginger Snaps (2000)

How Ginger Snaps Helped the Horror Genre and Found its Audience

Ginger Snaps--as I've written about here--is one of the best horror movies of the past fifteen years, period. It’s among the great werewolf films of all time. Yes, it...
One of the cult members in Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions makes fire appear out of thin air!

Why Now is the Time to Revisit Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions

Clive Barker is widely regarded as one of the all-time masters of horror. It may seem weird, considering that most of his novels have been some form of fantasy....

The Enduring Appeal Of April Fool’s Day

The 1980s is generally considered to be the golden age of slasher movies. Following the success of John Carpenter's seminal classic Halloween (released in 1978), studios tried to capitalise...
Session 9, 2001

Why Session 9 is One of the Smartest Horror Films of the Last 15...

It’s hard to believe that Brad Anderson’s Session 9 is almost fifteen years old. Many of the horror films from the era in which it was made have not...
Leatherface in TCM 3

Leatherface Lite: Why Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Never Stood a Chance

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has always been a rocky one at best. There’s not really a direct sequel in the whole bunch. Save for a prequel to the...
Silent Hill movie poster

How the Silent Hill Movies Totally Missed the Point

Translating a video game into a successful film is not an easy task. Whether this is due to the length of most games clocking in at well over 10...