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Bad Taste (1987) – Peter Jackson’s Bloody Hidden Treasure

Often looked down upon, low budget cinema is usually mocked for its lack of visual flair, especially when the filmmakers want to create something on the grand scale of epicness. But most budding young talents in the film industry have to start somewhere, especially if they don’t want to be bussing tables or starring in porn the rest of their …

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You Can’t Stop What’s Coming: ‘No Country for Old Men’ ( 2007) Turns 10

Joel and Ethan Coen’s No Country for Old Men is a potent blend of drama, thrills, suspense, action and, yes, horror. While the scenes and characters all have their place and time, there is an almost transcendent quality to the movie, largely rooted in its psychological horror dimensions. Countless debates exist about what is and what is not horror. Some people …

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Hostel Part 2 Turns 10! – Retro Review

Na Zdorivie! In 2005, director Eli Roth started the torture porn craze with his extreme horror film, Hostel. Two years later, he gave us a sequel that had more laughs, and a lot more creative kills! June 8th marks the 10 year anniversary for Hostel: Part 2!  Official synopsis: Hostel Part 2 centers around three American college students who are …

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Waxwork (1988): 29 Years Later and Still A Fan Favorite – Retro Review

The eighties unlocked some of the most beloved horror films of all time. We met Freddy Kreuger in our nightmares, got lost with The Lost Boys, opened PinHead’s box, and purchased the Good Guy doll Chucky. On June 17, 1988, director Anthony Hickox unleashed another cinematic, horror masterpiece for the world to enjoy: Waxwork. Today, fans still rave about this film and …

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Tales From The Hood (1995) Still Relevant After All These Years

Tales From The Hood is THE SHIT. They just don’t make them like this anymore. I remember seeing the poster when I was 9 and wanting to see it. I didn’t see it till years later on HBO at my older sister’s house and I fell in love instantly. I’ve always wanted to own a copy but the DVD was out …

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Pet Sematary (1989) Beastly Burials, Ghouls, and the Living Dead

When asked to write an article describing my favorite horror movie, I would have to go with Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, the most ominous horror movie ever made! Audiences knew they were in for a wild ride from the moment the chilling titles and introductory music pealed through the speakers of theaters and living rooms, instantly setting teeth on edge. For …

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10 Fun Facts About ‘Bug’ On Its 10th Anniversary!

Bug

It was nearly ten years ago when I first picked up a copy of Bug in the Five For $20 bin at Blockbuster. Ah, Blockbuster. I found so many lesser known horror gems there over the years! Bug was one of them. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years already, but Bug made its theatrical debut on May 25, 2007. Help us celebrate …

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From Beyond (1986): A Lovecraft Inspired Creature Feature

When it comes to creature feature stories, few match the originality of interdimensional monsters spawned from the pen of H.P. Lovecraft. Obviously, being a 20th century horror author whose work remained relatively unknown until after his death, Lovecraft never took his writings to the big screen. However, that has not stopped several feature-length films being adapted from his outlandish stories of creatures …

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A Boy and his Demons: ‘The Gate’ (1987) Turns 30

Can a 12 year old boy’s life collapse into Hell? Yes, indeed — at least if the demons of The Gate have anything to do with it! Released thirty years ago on May 15, 1987, The Gate walks a fine line between kid’s movie and really sinister, adult-themed horror. Thinking about it now, it’s not the easiest thing to accomplish. …

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The Burning (1981) Retro Review

During the slasher boom of the 1980s, there were a lot of copycats of Friday the 13th and it’s famous camp setting. However, there were only a few of these that used the setting and did it right. One of these films was The Burning, which was released in theaters on May 8, 1981. Tale a look back at this …

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