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The Beyond

Fulci’s The Beyond is a Surrealist Masterpiece

Lucio Fulci was never a very linear director. His films—be they giallo, zombie or otherwise—rarely had anything resembling a straightforward plot. They worked despite these things, and in some cases b...

Early slasher movies that should have become classics - The Burning -Shameless ripoffs that gave the original a run for its money

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 Train, Prom...

The Lost Boys: The Beginning 1987

Why Lost Boys Got the Credit for Revitalizing Vampire Movies

Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys tends to get the credit for the rejuvenation of vampire movies in the late 1980’s. It’s a little strange, on one hand, considering that Lost Boys followed on the heels ...

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

Why Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is Just Footloose With Boobs

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is a strange movie. It’s from an era of ‘80s comedies that people tend—or try—to forget. This would be the same era that gave us Repossessed and Transylvania 6-5000, along...

'80s slashers you may have missed - Jamie Lee Curtis in Terror Train

Nine ’80s Slashers You Might Have Missed But Need to See

’80s slashers. Even today, these are how a lot of people define the entire genre. As a sub-genre, it’s never had as strong of an output as it did from 1980-1985, despite some resurgence in the m...

Why Shocker was a surprisingly personal movie for wes craven

Why Shocker Was a Surprisingly Personal Movie for Wes Craven

Shocker, in some ways, feels like Wes Craven’s most commercial movie. The first thing that everyone usually points out, once they get done complimenting the soundtrack, is that it was a clear attempt ...

1980’s Horror Comedies That Defined Their Decade

The 1980’s, among many other things, 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 and so...

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...

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter: The Essential Jason Movie

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Of course the film turned out to not be as the title promised. But nonetheless it is a fan-favorite and an essential slasher...