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Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood (2003) Not a Gangsta Retro Review

For ten years, Warwick Davis brought an evil little Leprechaun into our homes. He took us all around the world from a small town to LA to Las Vegas to the hood and finally… back to the ‘hood again in Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. What was the point in returning to a place that had already kicked his ass …

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Blade II (2002) Retro Movie Review

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Blade II hit the heaters in March of 2002. The highly anticipated sequel to the first Blade took a different approach to the first movie. Rather than Blade (Wesley Snipes: White Men Can’t Jump 1992) and Whistler (Kris Kristofferson: A Star Is Born 1973) fighting vampires, this time he must co-exist with them …

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How The Dead Got Their Groove Back: ‘Evil Dead II’ (1987) Turns 30

Is Evil Dead II just another generic horror movie set in a cabin in the woods? Nope. The Evil Dead franchise is much bigger than that, and this film is no exception. While many retro reviews discuss how outdated the special effects are, this movie emphasizes how much better practical effects can be. Evil Dead II actually gets better with age, much like the film’s hero, …

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The Howling Turns 36! – Retro Review

“The news lady is turned into a werewolf!” Today marks the 36th anniversary of The Howling! Today, PopHorror pays tribute to this Werewolf cult classic. The Howling was directed by Joe Dante. Movie buffs already know Dante also directed Gremlins in 1984 and The ‘Burbs in 1989. It was actually Dante’s work in The Howling that gave him the opportunity …

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Leprechaun 4: In Space, No One Can Hear You Laugh!

Small town America? Check. City of Angels? Check. Las Vegas? Check. Where do you take a horror franchise that’s been everywhere? Where only the Hellraiser franchise (at this point) had gone before, of course! That, ladies and gentlemen, is how we wound up with Leprechaun 4: In Space. Lucky us! There are three kinds of horror comedies out there: the good ones, …

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Hellraiser: Bloodline Turns 21!

While many regard it as an incoherent entry to the series, Hellraiser: Bloodline is quite the entertaining little gem. On March 8, 2017, this installment turned 21. Previous Hellraiser films focused on the humans, their desires, and their flaws. Hellraiser: Bloodline focuses on the demons, Hell’s rules, and Hell’s history. That is what interests me about the third sequel in the puzzle …

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Leprechaun 3 (1995) Retro Review

The term “horror comedy” is thrown around a lot these days. Some are legitimately funny such as Tucker & Dale vs Evil and Shaun of The Dead, but if you want a true horror comedy, check out Leprechaun 3. Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and written by David Dubos and Mark Jones, this movie said, “The hell with it!” The first two …

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Leprechaun 2 (1994): Blood, Booze, and Boobs!

It’s March, which means everything is turning green: green beer, green stockings, green shamrocks and little green leprechauns are prancing around looking for their pot of gold. In honor of the cheeky bastard, PopHorror has decided to look back on each film in the Leprechaun franchise, listing the things we loved and the things we didn’t like, as well as fun facts and …

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Celebrating 95 Years of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

Nosferatu

I’m a big horror fan, as you well know. I’ve been watching horror movies since the early ’80s, maybe even a little longer. So how is it that I’ve never seen Nosferatu? I’m not sure. I decided to rectify that oversight by sitting down to watch the movie last night on what just so happened to be its 95th birthday. Boy, am I …

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King Kong (1933) – Retro Review

Eighty-four years ago, a movie directed by Merian C. Cooper hit the big screen and completely changed the course of American history. That movie was King Kong. What can be said about this masterpiece of a movie? A lot. To this day with remakes, reboots, merchandise and video games, King Kong remains relevant to this very day. The movie has …

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