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Puppet Master III

Why Most N*zi Horror is Terrible (Unless it’s Puppet Master III)

Horror movies about N*zis are inherently problematic because N*zis represent an evil that is in many ways the distilled essence of all bigotry. Anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, the N*zis were all of ...

found footage films

Found Footage Films: A Brief and Twisted History

It’s July 17th, 1999 – 11:50 PM. It’s an oppressive summer night across the United States. The seasonal heat lays thick in the air, and somehow the July night has stuck to the flesh of movie-goe...

Poltergeist - Horror movies that are surprisingly family friendly - Movies you can watch with your non-horror loving parents

How Poltergeist Destroyed the American Dream (And Why That’s Great)

Filmmakers in the 1980s had a serious obsession with the American dream. Part of it, I think, was due to the fetish-like obsession with ‘50s Americana. People wanted a very Norman Rockwell view of mid...

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Should be Remembered as One of Tim Burton’s Best!

Almost everything Tim Burton has done in his career has been influenced by Gothic horror. His influences stretch back from the Hammer era to silent classics like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. While he ...

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder and the Process of Dying

Jacob’s Ladder, released in 1990, puzzled audiences and critics. Dealing with complicated issues of loss, grief, paranoia, hallucinations, death, and rebirth, the film demands multiple viewings ...

Night of the Creeps

Night of the Creeps Revitalized the ’50s Monster Movie

During the 1980s, there were a lot of films that tried to recapture the spirit of the 1950s monster movie. They weren’t just limited to horror either. Everything from Gremlins to E.T. to Stand by Me t...

Martin

Why One of George Romero’s Best Pictures isn’t Even a Zombie Film

The name George Romero is synonymous with the zombie sub-genre. His first feature, Night of the Living Dead, was absolutely groundbreaking. It changed the game in a lot of ways. His sequel Dawn of the...

Horror literature

In the Mouth of Madness is One of the Most Underrated Meta-Horrors

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

Halloween, Ginger Snaps - A Look Back at the Best and Worst of Early 2000's Horror

Ginger Snaps Helped the Horror Genre While Finding its Audience

Ginger Snaps–as I’ve written about here–is one of the best horror movies of the past fifteen years, period. It’s among the great werewolf films of all time. Yes, it was independent a...

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