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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 were out of print, but I did want to see...

Jaws

Jaws at 40: The Shark is Still Working

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 the film that made people stop going in ...

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 debate on of the oldest, mo...

The Last House on the Left

It’s Only a Movie: Why Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left is a Brutal Take on the Post-Nuclear Family

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 him to take in too much violent ...

Dream Lover

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 Revenge was the top grossing horror film of...

The bride is brought to life in Frankenhooker

Nuts 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 work. Yet it’s surprising that in its own inhe...

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 the best body horrors, and just one of the be...

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 but it is generally fond...

found footage films Paranormal Activity

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 Keogh...