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Why Stir of Echoes is Still in the Shadow of The Sixth Sense (And Why it Shouldn’t Be)

The Sixth Sense is one of the biggest, most critically acclaimed horror movies of all time. Sure, people may now insist that they saw the twist coming from the very first scene, but you didn’t hear an...

The Fly

How Cronenberg’s The Fly Made Body Horror Mainstream

David Cronenberg, especially in his early days, was never a mainstream director. His films weren’t meant to be accessible to the widest possible audience. He was at the forefront of body horror, telli...

Horror of Dracula 1958

Horror of Dracula: How it Cemented the Hammer Legacy

Hammer Films burst onto the scene in 1957 with The Curse of Frankenstein. And just like the early days of Universal, one followed the other and a Dracula movie was put into production right away. Curs...

The Rage: Carrie 2 - Seven Unexpectedly Feminist Horror Movies

Why The Rage: Carrie 2 is Worth a Second Look

I rented The Rage: Carrie 2 when it came out in 1999 and as soon as it was over I vowed never to watch it again. I was ten. I loved Stephen King, I’d seen Carrie and I loved that too. I don’t know if ...

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...