day of October 24

Day of the Dead (1985)

George A. Romero narrows the lens somewhat with Day of the Dead, his 1985 follow-up to 1978’s Dawn of the Dead. The focus here is largely on the human side and on the sorts of things people can get up to when arguing over power and what to do with bloodthirsty zombies. The picture is […]

frankenstein1 October 23

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Chock-full of that delectable Gothic sensibility that would permeate so many of Hammer’s horror pictures, The Curse of Frankenstein is the British production company’s first colour horror movie and one ripping good yarn. It comes directed by Terence Fisher, of course, and features such stars as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

claws October 22

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

An unnecessary and unnecessarily dull remake or reboot or regurgitation of the 1984 original, A Nightmare on Elm Street is directed by Samuel Bayer and is about what one would expect from the Platinum Dunes crowd. Michael Bay’s production company had already put their grubby fingers in remakes for Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the […]

bloodfeast October 20

Blood Feast (1963)

Often cited as the very first of the splatter films, Blood Feast is kind of a masterpiece of trash filmmaking. This 1963 flick is directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, whose claim to fame prior to this outing sat with various “nudie cuties” throughout the early 1960s. Blood Feast was his big chance and it became […]

nightmare3 October 19

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

The third entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street series is the conceptually fascinating Dream Warriors, a 1987 slasher helmed by Chuck Russell. Wes Craven, the creator of the series, serves as writer along with Bruce Wagner while Russell and Frank Darabont handled an altered treatment that went on to become the finished product.

sleepwalkers3 October 17

Sleepwalkers (1992)

A masterfully campy and largely dismissed horror movie, Sleepwalkers features Stephen King’s “first story written expressly for the screen” and is a godsend for cat lovers. This 1992 picture is directed by Mick Garris and doesn’t take itself seriously for a single solitary second. The performers are all on board, too, and that makes this […]

ricci October 15

Cursed (2005)

A mercilessly enjoyable project, Cursed is a terribly underrated picture directed by Wes Craven and starring a raft of young(ish) stars. The 2005 horror flick finds Craven in his post-Scream glory and having a hell of a time excavating the werewolf genre for clichés and laughs. There’s not an ounce of Cursed that howls out […]

king October 13

Pet Sematary (1989)

A father laughs as he stands in his young son’s open grave. That same father gets into a fistfight with his father-in-law at his son’s funeral and knocks over the coffin. There’s a cat that comes back to life. There’s a zombie child that slices and dices in a way that would make that silly […]

apocalypse October 12

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

Alexander Witt directs Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the second entry in the series that began in 2002 with Resident Evil. The series is based on the video games of the same name from Capcom and was originally to be written by George A. Romero and Alan B. McElroy. Things have changed since the initial 1997 vision, […]

thething October 12

The Thing (2011)

Dutch filmmaker Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. is tasked with helming the prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing. This 2011 outing, gutsily titled The Thing, is “blessed” with an intensively CGI-based version of the wild, gory special effects that made the 1982 flick such a zany, cock-eyed treat. And it also attempts a decidedly Nordic edge […]

prom October 11

Prom Night (1980)

The 1980 slasher movie Prom Night is interesting in a time capsule sense, but it’s far from an effective horror flick. It moves at a snail’s pace and the payoff is far from satisfying, which renders the countless scenes of disco-dancing and mounting, stalking thrills all the more disappointing. It lacks convincing characters and makes […]

pumpkin October 10

Pumpkinhead (1988)

Directed by Stan Winston, renowned special effects artists and frequent collaborator with James Cameron, the 1988 film Pumpkinhead is an effective yarn. This is a tale of revenge and horror, one woven through with quality effects and an authentic yet fantastical feel that draws on a poem by “Ed Justin.”

lastman October 09

The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Vincent Price stars in The Last Man on Earth, a 1964 adaptation of Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film comes directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, with a screenplay by committee. Matheson did have a part in the script, but he was dissatisfied with the finished product and was credited under […]

jessica1 October 08

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Helmed by John D. Hancock, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is a moody horror piece from 1971. It holds as its basis the matter of psychological illness and it takes an off-kilter approach to its narrative, never letting the audience in all the way. This distancing effect is disconcerting but fantastic when it comes to […]

nielsen October 07

On Leslie Nielsen: Half-Truths and Fart Jokes

Thanks to the good people at Speakeasy and Silver Screenings, I have been asked to participate in the O Canada Blogathon. I am honoured to be part of such a wonderful project and have been looking for a way to share my appreciation of the one and only Leslie Nielsen. What follows is my rather […]

thecraft October 07

The Craft (1996)

The Craft is one of those 1990s movies that really doesn’t live up to the nostalgic hype. Sure, it features a compelling cast and is one of the rare female-led horror films to make an appearance at the box office. It passes the Bechdel test with flying colours in a time before we even thought […]

hadthey October 07

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Ray Kellogg is the director of The Giant Gila Monster. This 1959 motion picture is part hot rod movie and part science fiction/horror movie. It’s a low budget B-movie that can be found in bargain bin box sets, so that offers an indication as to its quality. There’s something charming to its good ol’ boy […]

jasonx1 October 06

Jason X (2002)

The apex of the preposterousness that’s always been locked in the Friday the 13th series, Jason X is an exploitative and absurd film. It’s also a lot of fun and quite possibly the most entertaining movie of the bunch. It’s directed by James Isaac from a story by Todd Farmer. It takes place in freaking […]

jasonhell October 05

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Intended to be the last film in the series, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday attempts to wrap things up but manages very little by way of intrigue or style. It’s a mostly forgettable motion picture, save for some rather enticing scenes and one of the better kills in a while, and that’s disappointing […]

manhattan October 03

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

  The Big Apple is the big problem with Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. This 1989 entry in the series is a missed opportunity in that it doesn’t make enough out of its New York City setting, but budget and scheduling issues prevented this picture from being all it could be. And […]

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