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My Favorite Horror Movie – ‘Halloween’ (1978)

What’s my all time favorite horror movie? Without a doubt, the answer is John Carpenter’s Halloween. I was raised by a major Halloween and horror enthusiast, leading to curiosity in the movies my mother watched. In my household, I remember Halloween being this unspoken anthem and symbol to the actual holiday. After watching it for the first time, I expected Michael …

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PopHorror Takes A Look Back At Hitchcock’s 1948 Thriller, ‘Rope’

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 masterpiece Rope stars James Stewart, Farley Granger, and John Dall. If you haven’t had the chance to catch this thrilling flick, PopHorror is here to tell you why you should check it out. *WARNING SPOILERS*  Two young men, Philip Morgan (Granger) and Brandon Shaw (Dall), strangle their “inferior” classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his …

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“As You Wish…” Wes Craven’s ‘Wishmaster’ Turns 20!

When’s the last time you watched Wes Craven’s Wishmaster? It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Why is that? That’s the question we find ourselves asking this September 19, 2017 – the 20th anniversary of the film! With the massive success of Scream in 1996 and the follow up Scream 2 in 1997, the studio moved to strike quickly while the Wes …

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Retro Review For The 1995 Thriller ‘Murder In The First’

Murder In The First is a 1995 thriller directed by the late Marc Rosso (Where The Day Takes You, Dream A Little Dream) and starring Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, and Gary Oldman. The film is about an eager and idealistic young attorney (Slater) defending an Alcatraz prisoner (Bacon) accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over …

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of ‘Hellraiser’ (1987)

HELLRAISER – ABOVE AND BEYOND THE LIMITATIONS OF HORROR PopHorror is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hellraiser, which debuted in theaters on September 18, 1987. This cult classic goes to the limits of horror and takes you beyond. The movie is unique within the genre, and the images are unlike anything anyone has seen. At the age of 34, Clive …

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PopHorror Celebrates ‘House II: The Second Story’s’ 30th Anniversary

Everyone loves a good haunted house story, filled with ghosts, ghouls, and other assorted grim fiends assaulting the senses of the poor living bastards forced to contend with them. Sometimes, in the weirdest part of the supernatural, other demented beings spring forth! Today’s retro review is a special one, focusing on one of my favorite ’80s movies, House II: The …

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Let’s Just Call It Horror: The First 3 Episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’

Though not all would agree, I believe the first 3 episodes of Breaking Bad could function as a self-contained, dramatic, topical horror movie. And no, I’m not saying this because I’m high on meth (I swear that I’m not). Pilot Episode To begin with, Breaking Bad is about what many horror movies dabble in: Certain horrors hidden behind mundane, ho-hum, …

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Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’ House (1977) Monster House on Acid-Retro Review

Do you enjoy the strange and usual? The wacky and weird? The unnerving and disturbing? Than I have the film for you: 1977’s Japanese horror comedy House (also know as Hausu), which plays out like Monster House on acid, a film that is strange, weird, beautiful and more disturbing than it has any right to be. House turned 40 this …

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Retro Review For The 1991 Thriller ‘Sleeping With The Enemy’

Remember Sleeping With the Enemy, the 1991 film with Julia Roberts faking her own death to try and escape from her abusive husband, played by Patrick Bergin? If the description isn’t really ringing a bell, then PopHorror is going to give you three reasons why you should give this film a rewatch. Here are the top 3 reasons to watch Sleeping With The Enemy! *Warning Spoilers* …

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Dario Argento’s ‘Phenomena’ Turns 32

Earlier this month, Dario Argento’s Phenomena, the underrated gem that helped launch Jennifer Connelly’s (Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream) career at a young age, turned 32. Released on August 2, 1985, the film still holds up today, featuring a story filled with mystery and a Silence of the Lambs-esque horror undertone. However, in this film, it is not Clarice Starling who …

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