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In the Mouth of Madness is a Tragically Underrated Meta Horror

Scream and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare are widely regarded as the two movies that kicked off meta-horror in the 1990s. Both were, in their own way, deconstructions of the genre. But despite having the ...

Ranking the ‘Halloween’ Franchise by Box Office Performance

Halloween is an ancient holiday, a day dedicated to celebrating the dead. We dress up in costumes, carve pumpkins, and trick-or-treat for candy. It doesn’t matter if you are an adult or a child, Hallo...

Escape from New York

Why ‘Escape from New York’ Worked So Well Without Backstory

Escape from New York is one of John Carpenter’s best films. After the double horror hits of Halloween and The Fog, Escape from New York returned Carpenter to the sci-fi and action roots he’d establish...

Halloween II 1981

How ‘Halloween II’ Was Shaped by the Early Slashers (Which Were Shaped by its Predecessor)

While Halloween II is consistent with the first and is overall a very similar film, it was made in a completely different climate and that surely has an effect on the movie itself. This was made the s...

Going to Pieces

Seven Horror Reference Books Every Fan Should Read

There’s a great point during the process of becoming a horror fan where you begin to get this urge to see everything. Whatever you hear about, you want to track down. But after that passes, there’s st...

Assault on Precinct 13

Why ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ is a Classic Horror Movie (Without Actually *Being* a Horror Movie)

Assault on Precinct 13 is John Carpenter’s sophomore effort. Before this, his only feature film had been Dark Star, co-written and co-starring Dan O’Bannon. Yet even though Dark Star surely has its me...

Western/Horror Film Hybrids that work surprisingly well. Vampires.- Vampire Novels that went widely overlooked

Five Overlooked John Carpenter Movies That Deserve More Love

John Carpenter is one of the undisputed masters of horror. He has made some of the most important genre films ever released. His storied career spans the course of multiple decades. Movies like Hallow...

Eyes of Laura Mars is a Stylish Look at ’70s Suspense

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...

Batman 1989

Famous Movies Turned down by Legendary Horror Directors

A directing career is a volatile thing. Plum directing gigs are hard to come by. Yet there are always movies that get turned down, for whatever reason. Movies that turn out great on the screen donR...

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