Aliens

How Aliens Perfected Action/Horror (And Why it’s So Hard to Get Right)

Aliens is a classic. Whether you consider it part of the horror, science fiction, or action genres, that fact is pretty much undisputed. To this day, fans continue to...
Amityville II

Why Amityville II is the Most Effective of the Franchise

The Amityville Horror may be the most infamous haunted house movie ever made. It’s tied to a supposedly true story that may never be lived down. There are new...
Castle Dracula

120 Years and Counting: Why Dracula is More Modern Than It’s Given Credit For

Believe it or not, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is 120 years old. With the amount of impact it’s had on pop culture, from movies and television, books and comics and...
My Boyfriend's Back

Lukewarm Heart: The Charming Absurdity of My Boyfriend’s Back

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, something amazing started to happen. The teenage-themed horror movies of the ‘50s were basically getting remade, rebranded as teen comedies. It’s not...
Friday the 13th Part 2

How Friday the 13th Part 2 Casually Improves on the Original

Friday the 13th took the world by storm in a way that was completely unexpected, especially by the filmmakers themselves. They had, by their own admission, not necessarily set...
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...
Hellraiser Hellworld

“It’s Just a Game:” The Meta Weirdness of Hellraiser Hellworld

The Hellraiser sequels are a bit of a mixed bag. While the second is hopefully still considered something of a classic—not as much as it used to be, certainly—the third...
Invisible Man 1933

Why the Invisible Man is Actually the Scariest Universal Monster

There are a lot of reasons why the original Universal Monsters will always be hailed as the “classic” monsters. Dracula and Frankenstein are both timeless stories and while those...
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...
Evil Ed Fright Night

Looking Back on Fright Night (1985)

There’s really nothing that compares to the original Fright Night. This film is something of a vampire update on Rear Window. It marked the directorial debut of Tom Holland who...
Spawn

Hell, Boy: Why Spawn Was the Ultimate ’90s Comic

Todd McFarlane rose to comic book superstardom in the late eighties with his work on Amazing Spider-Man. His artwork redefined that character and that world, allowing him to take...
Black Sunday

How Modern Horror is Still Borrowing from Black Sunday

There are a select few directors who immediately come to mind when fans across the world think of Italian horror. While the country has produced so many of the...
Seven Bloodstained Orchids

Giallo Madness: Seven Bloodstained Orchids

A killer is targeting a group of seemingly unrelated women. But upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that there is a commonality between the victims. A man and his...

Why Martin Remains Unparalleled in its Portrayal of Vampires

George Romero had stated a couple of times that Martin was what he felt to be the best, most complete and closest to his original vision of all of...
Halloween - Michael Myers

Haddonfield High: Remembering the Halloween Young Adult Books

The Halloween franchise has seen several novelizations and tie-ins over the years. Two separate comic series launched in the early and late 2000s, respectively. But the strangest on paper...