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‘Reptilicus’ (1961): The Only Danish-American Giant Monster Movie


Not only is Reptilicus an early 1960’s Danish-American giant monster movie, it’s apparently the only Danish giant monster movie. How does it hold up? To start with, my first exposure to Reptilicus was through the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival of April 2017. As one might expect, the new guys at MST3K made fun of the movie (which is sort …

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Two Paws Up For Stephen King’s ‘Cat’s Eye’

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Written by Stephen King and directed by Lewis Teague, Cat’s Eye (1985) is among the greatest anthology movies of all time. It’s been 32 years and yet we still love everything about it. Let’s go into some reasons why! First but not least, you have that darn cat, General. Cat’s Eye wouldn’t be the same without him. Sure, two of the …

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Fear (1996) – The Teenager’s ‘Fatal Attraction’ Turns 21

When James Foley’s Fear was first released 21 years ago on April 12th, teenage girls everywhere swooned at the sight of former Calvin Klein model and Funky Bunch member Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg seducing innocently sexy Reese Witherspoon. There was no denying that the sexual tension between these two blazed through the screen and sent teens swarming to the nearest amusement park roller …

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You’ve Got Red On You! Shaun Of The Dead (2004) – Retro Review

It’s been 13 years since comedy trio Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright took the horror world by storm and created the most influential zom-com ever – Shaun Of The Dead! Released April 9, 2004, in the UK, this classic zombie flick is one of PopHorror’s favorites. Take a trip back in time with us and remember, there’s no “I” …

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‘Tremors 2: Aftershocks’ Turns 21!

As a child, it was not uncommon for me to see franchises out of order. After all, beggars can’t be choosers and I was not in a bargaining position. I think that is where my love of sequels started. Tremors 2: Aftershocks was one of those films. Released on April 9, 1996, Tremors 2 went the straight-to-video route (unfairly), but that …

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Paying Tribute To Evil Dead (2013) – Retro Review

“You will die like the others before you! One by one, we will take you!” It’s been 4 years since director Fede Alvarez shocked horror fans with his reboot of the famous Evil Dead franchise. Now, PopHorror pays tribute to what is arguably one of the best horror remakes of all time!  Official synopsis: Five friends head to a remote …

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Remembering Hatchet 11 Years Later! – Retro Review

Hatchet is one of the best yet underrated, gore-filled, hilarious horror comedies of our time. The film also happened to introduce a new, brutal, slash-happy psycho named Victor Crowley. Eleven years later, PopHorror pays tribute to this underestimated cult classic. Official synopsis: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their …

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April Fool’s Day – Pranking Horror Fans Since 1986

Perhaps the best way to introduce this retro review is to illuminate my love for the ’80s slasher film, a sub-genre where the most iconic horror legends reside or have led to inspiration. These are films with provocative themes that cause critics and philosophers alike to kick around different theories of misogyny and chauvinism. Ultimately sticking to a familiar formula – if you party, have sex, or even …

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The New York Ripper: Fulci’s Underrated Sleaze Classic Turns 35!

I’ve been a horror fan for the majority of my life, but when it comes to Italian horror, I’m a late bloomer. I did not discover most of my favorites until I was in my mid-twenties. When it comes to Italian horror, my favorite director is Lucio Fulci. While I haven’t seen all of his work, I’ve seen a good …

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Funny Games (1997) is Still Disturbingly Amazing 20 Years Later

Normally I tend to leave the context of how I see these movies out of my reviews. I have to make an exception here, however. I first saw Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (the ’07 shot-for-shot English US remake, though this review will be about the Austrian ’97 original film) in a theater, by myself, while the rest of my family …

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