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Heather Donahue as herself in the closeup shot at the end of Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez's the Blair Witch Project

20 Years On, Still, Nothing Compares to The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project is 20 years old this week so, naturally, the “found” footage contained within has aged considerably. Rather than putting distance between the film and a modern audi...

The Stuff

The Stuff is Food Horror at its Finest [Retrospective]

Larry Cohen is a filmmaker who just does not get the credit he deserves. His pictures are all too often labeled as B-Movies. But while they may be campy, it’s a very intentional camp. He has a unique ...

20 Years On, Lake Placid Chomps Through Its Contemporaries [Retrospective]

20 years ago, in the magical summer of 1999, two, life-changingly brilliant creature features were released within just 12 days of each other; Deep Blue Sea, of which I am the unofficial, lifelong pub...

Drag Me to Hell

10 Years Later, Drag Me to Hell Boasts Brilliant SFX and a Dodgy Premise

2009 was kind of a dodgy year for horror (Birdemic! The Friday the 13th remake with stoner Jason! Lesbian Vampire Killers!) but amidst the money-raking studio fare a few gems stood out, not least of w...

25 Years Later, The Crow Still Shreds, Still Broods, and is Still Very Sexy

The Crow is one of those movies that seem really cool when you’re a teenager but are quickly revealed to be garbage once you hit adulthood, or so popular opinion would have us believe. 25 years ...

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

How Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace Perfected The Horror Parody

The horror-parody has long been a divisive genre. There are certainly established classics like Young Frankenstein, but for every Young Frankenstein there are five Scary Movie films. This makes the sh...

Why Ghostbusters 2 is Actually Kind of Awesome

Ghostbusters 2 gets a lot of hate. I mean, it’s gotten hate for the past thirty years. And yeah, as you could tell by the title, I’m here to explain to you why Ghostbusters 2, the black sheep of the f...

From Dusk Till Dawn

Why From Dusk Till Dawn is Still Going Strong After More Than 20 Years

More than twenty years ago, filmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino spun the vampire genre on its head with From Dusk Till Dawn. In that time, the film has only grown in popularity, having b...

Script to Pieces: Candyman Sequel that was also The Midnight Meat Train

Story Within a Story: Why the Structured Narrative of Candyman Works so Well

Candyman is, without a doubt, one of the best horror films of the 1990’s. This was a decade in which horror was constantly questioning and trying to redefine itself. What had worked in the 1980’s? Wha...

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