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Still from CREEP (2014) March 05

Strange Attractions: Patrick Brice’s CREEP and CREEP 2

CREEP (2014) and CREEP 2 (2017) are deceptively simple yet highly disturbing films that demonstrate why independent horror deserves more attention and respect.

Still from BEFORE I WAKE February 05

The Persistence of Fairytales: Mike Flanagan’s “BEFORE I WAKE” (2016)

Mike Flanagan’s BEFORE I WAKE has the feel of a modern fairytale along with horror and an undercurrent of sadness.

Still from THE THETA GIRL December 24

THE THETA GIRL: Psychedelic Grindhouse

Chris Bickel’s indie film THE THETA GIRL is splatter gore with intelligence and a conscience.

Clip from AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017) November 22

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING (2017): Better as a Stand-Alone than a Sequel?

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING falls into the category of films that really didn’t need to be a sequel. Certain movies seem as if they would have been better received if released on their own.

DVD cover art work for THE BAD BATCH (2016) October 16

Day-Glo Apocalypse: Ana Lily Amirpour’s THE BAD BATCH (2016)

Ana Lily Amirpour weaves universes out of pop culture. Her second film, THE BAD BATCH (2016), is her fantasy of America in the 80’s: a post-apocalyptic, skater culture soaked in drugs and glam. It’s lecherous and carnivorous, lonely and outcast from the promised Eden of the 60’s. But with a touch of John Hughes.

Created from footage from THE WOMAN (2011) August 24

Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN (2011)

As the title character in THE WOMAN (2011), Pollyanna McIntosh is a finger-chomping, scowling badass, and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting characters in modern horror.

August 02

“The Entity” (1982): Misogyny and the Paranormal

It is no mistake that a great deal of the horror genre revolves around the victimization, rebellion and eventual liberation of women.

Still from THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016) July 10


I give this movie the highest praise by saying I hope they make a sequel. Hell, I really hope they make a prequel AND an origin story. And I usually hate origin stories.

Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price May 29

The Trinity of Terror: Lee, Cushing, and Price

It seems fated that horror legends Peter Cushing, Sir Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price share near the same birthdays: Cushing on May 26, and Lee and Price on May 27, even if not the same year. In the hearts and minds of most horror fans, they are three of the most important actors of the genre. All three had acting careers spanning from the 40’s to present, even after their deaths.

May 01

Evolution and Fallout: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (2016)

Most zombie films follow the same formula, with the main difference being whether they have fast zombies or slow ones. Colm McCarthy’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, based on Mike Carey’s novel and screenplay, diverts from the formula.