The Toolbox Murders

Why The Toolbox Murders Might be the Sleaziest Art Film Ever

The original Toolbox Murders is a hard movie to pin down. It’s hard even to explain how I feel about it. At this point, I would say most people...
Street Trash

One Man’s Trash: The Sleazy Majesty of Street Trash

We all know the old saying. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It bears repeating because Street Trash is certainly not a treasure for everyone. In some ways...
Bad Moon 1996

Trouble on the Way: Why Bad Moon Doesn’t Get Enough Credit After 20 Years

On one level, Bad Moon frustrates the hell out of me. As a young horror fan, I loved werewolves. Along with vampires, they were pretty much my favorite movie...
Warlock 1989

Why Warlock Doesn’t Get the Attention it Deserves

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there are some really underrated horror directors out there, and then there’s Steve Miner. If he is not the most...
The New York Ripper

How New York Ripper Stretched the Limits of Giallo

The New York Ripper is without a doubt one of Italian maestro Lucio Fulci’s most brutal, controversial films. It has the same structure and setup as a gialli, but...
Opera

How Dario Argento’s Opera Explores the Dark Side of Showbusiness

Opera is Dario Argento’s modern update on The Phantom of the Opera. More than that though, it is representative of the film industry and the nature of show business...
The Burning

How The Burning Beat Friday the 13th At its Own Game

After the success of Halloween, Sean Cunningham—in attempt to recreate that success—directed Friday the 13th. From there, the slasher craze of the early 1980’s was born. Movies like Terror...
Gremlins

Script to Screen – How Gremlins Became the Ultimate Family Horror Movie

Gremlins is widely regarded as one of the most beloved horror-tinged family films of all time. It’s a fun, exciting adventure movie as well as a holiday classic. Of...
Jamie Lee Curtis in Terror Train

Why Terror Train is a Much Better New Year’s Horror Than New Year’s Evil

Horror fans love to watch movies set around a certain time of year. Even if those films are terrible, we give them a go. For every Black Christmas and...
Christine 1983

Christine: John Carpenter’s Unsung Love Story

Even after directing Christine, John Carpenter would say in interviews that while he loved directing horror, he dreamed of directing a love story. And while Starman may have been a more mainstream, cut-and-dried...
Battle Royale

The Anger Games: Why Battle Royale is Still Relevant Today

The Japanese film Battle Royale, based on the book by Koushun Takami, is about a freshman class that is taken on a 'school trip' where they are drugged and taken to a...
King Kong

Why King Kong ’76 is a Bizarre Remake (But Not a Terrible One)

King Kong may not be remembered as such, but it is one of the biggest horror movies of all time. When it hit theaters in 1933, people had not seen...
Interview with the Vampire

How Interview With the Vampire Defined A-List Horror in the 1990s

Horror movies in the late ‘90s were defined by Scream. Everything followed on its heels and tried to imitate that movie. I Know What You Did Last Summer, Urban...
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Don’t Wanna Dream No More: How A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 Empowered the...

The slasher genre has always fallen under a critical eye for showcasing the deaths of teenagers as gratuitous fun. They are generalized as having no characterization and no depth of...

The Boy Who Lived: What Makes Tommy Jarvis a Fan-Favorite Horror Hero

Michael Myers has Doctor Loomis. Freddy Krueger has Nancy Thompson. And Jason Voorhees has Tommy Jarvis. The difference here is that while most heroes originate in the same film...