Horror of Dracula 1958

Horror of Dracula: How it Cemented the Hammer Legacy

Hammer Films burst onto the scene in 1957 with The Curse of Frankenstein. And just like the early days of Universal, one followed the other and a Dracula movie...
The Rage: Carrie 2

Why The Rage: Carrie 2 is Worth a Second Look

I rented The Rage: Carrie 2 when it came out in 1999 and as soon as it was over I vowed never to watch it again. I was ten....
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

Sleepaway Camp II: Why Now is the Time to Make it a Cult Classic

When I saw the first Sleepaway Camp, which was a blind buy in college after hearing its reputation, I didn’t really have the option of seeing the sequels. They...
The movie poster for Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Shark is Still Working: Jaws at 40

It was one of the biggest, most influential horror movies of all time. It was the first blockbuster. But more than that, it will always be remembered for being...
Alien (1979) The problem with sub-genres - label makers

How Alien Raised the Bar for Visuals in Horror

Throughout most of the 1970’s, horror was very focused on realism. There was a transition period in the previous decade that moved the genre away from the gothic Hammer...
The Faculty, 1998

Why The Faculty Was One of the Last Great Sci-Fi Horrors

Horror and science fiction are not mutually exclusive genres. This is something that both casual and hardcore fans alike seem not to grasp, especially when it comes time to...
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...
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....