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Predator 2

How ‘Predator 2’ Does Justice to the Original

I don’t have to tell anyone here what a great movie Predator is. Hopefully everyone knows that by now. It’s one of the defining action films of the 1980s. It crosses genres in extremely imaginative wa...

Psycho II

The ‘Psycho’ Series Ranks Among the Best Horror Franchises: Here’s Why

When a horror film builds a reputation for being a classic, especially when it’s widely considered to be one of the best of all time, it’s harder and harder for it to become a franchise. People are th...

Jason X - Final Frontier: Why franchises ultimately end up in space

Failure to Launch: The Unexpectedly Troubled Journey of Jason X

Jason X is perhaps the most maligned entry in the Friday the 13th series. It has competition, though. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is often looked down upon as one of the worst, as are Jaso...

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II - Horror sequels that had nothing to do with the original

Why ‘Prom Night II’ Was the Better Movie (And How it Set the Tone For the Franchise)

The Prom Night series is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to horror franchises. Every series has that one movie that stands out and doesn’t have much of anything to do with the other installments. Ha...

The Ugly

The Ugly is The Best Kiwi Horror Film You’ve Never Seen!

There’s somewhat of a fascination with Kiwi horror films thanks to Peter Jackson. He gave us two of his home country’s most bizarre, amazing horrors in Braindead and Bad Taste before moving ...

Bride of Reanimator

Why ‘Bride of Re-Animator’ Works as a Stylish Sendup of the First

Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator is, easily, one of the best horror comedies of the 1980s. A worthy follow-up to that seemed nearly impossible, in part because the movie is so great and in part because it ...

Basket Case 1982

Why Basket Case is a Bizarre, Sleazy, Cheap Horror Film that is Still Absurdly Entertaining

I have to admit, while I’ve long been familiar with Basket Case, having always seen it in the video store growing up, I didn’t actually watch it until very adulthood. And when I finally saw it, ...

Otis from Devil's Rejects by Rob Zombie

How The Devil’s Rejects Completely Evolved the Concept of House of 1,000 Corpses

Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses is a fun movie. It’s not a bad feature by any means, especially for a first time director. It was, by all accounts, not remotely easy to make. Universal hated it fr...

Dead Alive

How ‘Dead Alive’ Beat ‘Shaun of the Dead’ to the Punch by 14 Years

Everyone remembers their favorite zombie comedy, the one about the guy with the stagnant life, a meek and ambitionless adult who needs to take action in a surprisingly sincere romantic comedy to save ...