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Why Jason Lives is a Near-Perfect Horror Comedy

Audiences were disappointed with Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. They wanted Jason, doing what he does best. Despite the film’s other merits, they couldn’t get over the absence of the franchi...

Five Films That Prove You Should Never Step Foot in the Water Again – Even the Shower

Winter is always an interesting time on the east coast of the United States. It is a time when many of us find ourselves uttering phrases like “it’s too cold to be alive” each time r...

Psycho II is Almost as Good as the Original: Here’s Why!

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the best horror movies ever made. It’s often cited as the best and for good reason. It’s the kind of feature that was not getting made in America at the time. It br...

Night of the Comet

How ‘Night of the Comet’ Made the Apocalypse Fun

“Daddy would have gotten us Uzis."

Return of the Living Dead

‘80s Horror Comedies That Defined the Decade

The 1980s, among many other distinctions, was the golden age of horror comedies. There had been great films combining horror and humor dating back at least to Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein a...

Smoke

Looking Back on the Forgotten Zebra Horror Paperback ‘Smoke’

*The following post includes discussion of racism and sexual abuse* Notorious among horror fiction aficionados are the horror novels published by Zebra in the 1980s. Just hearing the name is enough to...

Extremities Takes a Relevant Look at Rape and Revenge [The Rabid Dog’s House]

The Rabid Dog’s House is a recurring feature at Wicked Horror where contributor Justin Steele uncovers hidden gems, lost classics, and overlooked indie offerings with a little bite. Flying solo or wit...

Christine 1983

Christine is John Carpenter’s Unsung Love Story [Retrospective]

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, cu...

Back to the ’80s: Dario Argento’s Inferno

Welcome to Back to the ’80s. This recurring feature aims to take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from horror’s most beloved decade. Regardless of which category a particular film falls under...

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