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How ‘Rawhead Rex’ Explored Celtic Horror in Unexpcted Ways

Clive Barker has had a lot of success on the screen. But then, of course, there are the movies that came early in his career. Barker was so disappointed with his early work in film as a screenwriter t...

Phantasm

Why Phantasm Works in All the Ways Movies Typically Fail

Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm is a mostly undisputed genre classic. It’s an intense, atmospheric ‘70s horror that spawned a franchise that has spanned several decades. Those that have seen it usually spea...

DVD cover picture for Wishmaster

Why Wishmaster is Kind of a Mess (But Still Really Fun)

I remember a time when Wishmaster was thought of as one of the bigger horror icons. He was the last guy to emerge in the ‘90s as a central character of his own franchise. The guy even had his own acti...

found footage films

Found Footage Films: A Brief and Twisted History

It’s July 17th, 1999 – 11:50 PM. It’s an oppressive summer night across the United States. The seasonal heat lays thick in the air, and somehow the July night has stuck to the flesh of movie-goe...

Tales from the Darkside

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie is an Awesome, Unsung Anthology

Anthology movies have enjoyed a bit of a resurgence in recent years. There was a time when anthologies were considered box office poison and a surefire way to make a movie that nobody would see. Even ...

the cabin in evil dead II

Why Evil Dead II is Not a Remake of the First

Evil Dead II is a very similar movie to the first in terms of its setting and plot. It opens with a bit of backstory on the Book of the Dead—which would not be referred to as the Necronomicon until Ar...

Ghoulies 1985

Why Ghoulies Would Have Been Better Had it Focused on Toilet Monsters [Retrospective]

I love movies about weird little monsters. Gremlins and Critters were two of my favorites as a kid. I discovered Ghoulies right in the middle of all of that and was allowed to rent the film because it...

Cujo - Donna from Cujo

Why ‘Cujo’ is a Hauntingly Plausible Classic

Directed by Lewis Teague (just coming off another rampaging animal movie, Alligator, at the time) Cujo tells the story of a St. Bernard that goes rabid after chasing a rabbit into a cave inhabited by ...

the blob

How The Blob Remake Outdid the Original!

1958’s The Blob is 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 thirty years later, had a lot to live...