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Alien Alert! Watching WITHOUT WARNING And PREDATOR 3D!

When it comes to curating weekly double features, sometimes you really have to go for it. And while I’ve previously paired up original horror movies with their remakes, and sometimes films with their sequels, this one was too fun an idea to pass up! I finally obtained Scream Factory’s release of the long-lost 1980 alien […]

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Five MORE Horror Movies That Deserve the Criterion Treatment

Not long ago I wrote an open letter to The Criterion Collection, reminding the venerable institution that although they have included a great many horror films into their otherwise impeccable collection of artistically and historically significant catalog, they still had a long way to go. I included in that article a list of five classic […]

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A Kind of (Black) Magic: Another Look at Clive Barker’s LORD OF ILLUSIONS

The filmography of Clive Barker, limited in quantity as it is, has been a most interesting beast. From the whirlwind success of HELLRAISER, his directorial debut, to the recent re-evaluation (and resurrection) of his sophomore follow-up NIGHTBREED, Barker’s work has earned its place in the pantheon. Which is why it’s all the more surprising that […]

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Never Forget Your Mama: Looking Back at the Still-Controversial MOTHER’S DAY

Sure, there’s a dedicated day for it on your calendar, but you really shouldn’t need a reminder to do right by your mom… even if you’re a homicidal inbred psycho who collects human heads and eats cereal and cat food from a bucket. That’s the gist of Charles Kaufman’s controversial backwoods horror and rape/revenge flick MOTHER’S DAY — […]

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Slashback! A Mad Professor Creates Collegiate Killers in 1981’s STRANGE BEHAVIOR

There’s a good chance you might have overlooked this weird little horror hybrid; it got a bit more love outside the US (under the wonky title DEAD KIDS), but saw very little exposure stateside. Released at the peak of the slasher genre’s Golden Age, this bizarre fusion of teen body-count horror and mad science shenanigans […]

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Slashback! Sex, Death and Power Tools Get Together for a SAVAGE WEEKEND!

Though it was released in 1979, just as the slasher genre’s popularity was on the rise, SAVAGE WEEKEND was actually filmed three years earlier (even ahead of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN) under the title THE KILLER BEHIND THE MASK, and is one of the first horror films to employ the tropes and tricks that would eventually […]

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Slashback! Is 1982’s SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE the First Feminist Slasher?

Throughout the Golden Age of slasher cinema — the late ‘70s through the early ‘80s — films of this genre weren’t exactly praised for their depiction of women. Quite the contrary, in fact; they were frequently under fire from all sides for their frequent misogynist tendencies. That’s why it comes as a bit of a […]

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Slashback! Horrifying Mannequins Make This TOURIST TRAP a Deadly Destination

If you suffer from a form of automatonophobia — the fear of life-size dolls, dummies or mannequins — then David Schmoeller’s first horror feature, TOURIST TRAP, just might drive you into months of intense therapy. In 1978, the slasher boom was just beginning to surge in the wake of HALLOWEEN’s enormous success, and just about […]

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6 Foreign Horror Movies We Want On Blu-Ray

Yesterday, we looked at 6 classic horror titles that, for whatever reason, have not made the upgrade to Blu-Ray, at least commercially here in the States. Cultivating that list of movies managed to get me thinking about a lot of other deserving flicks that still haven’t been given the proper high def / special edition […]

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Slashback! 1984’s THE MUTILATOR Piles on the Cheese and Pours on the Gore

In the waning days of the slasher genre’s Golden Age, independent horror films were coming under increased scrutiny by US ratings boards (and government-mandated censorship elsewhere) for their violent content. With the boom of the home video market, it made better financial sense for a first-time filmmaker to set their sights on video distribution. Although MPAA-ordered […]

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Slashback! Something Not Quite Human is Waiting in THE FUNHOUSE (1981)

While horror maestro Tobe Hooper never managed to top the groundbreaking brilliance of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE or the box-office success of 1982’s POLTERGEIST, I think he deserves far more acclaim than he gets for the films he made in the interim: 1977’s EATEN ALIVE, which retains the backwoods sleaziness of its predecessor while […]

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Slashback! Revenge is Served Ice-Cold in 1983’s CURTAINS

Many slashers from the genre’s Golden Age — beginning with John Carpenter’s 1978 HALLOWEEN and continuing through the next few years — gained notoriety from memorable murder set-pieces (a tradition dating back to the Italian giallo, arguably the slasher’s closest cinematic relative); some noteworthy examples include Kevin Bacon’s bunk-bed skewering in FRIDAY THE 13TH or […]

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Grindhouse Releasing Revs Up the Chainsaw for PIECES Blu-ray Release!

The ad campaign for the notoriously gory, outrageously campy, hilariously goofy 1982 slasher flick PIECES promised “You don’t have to go to Texas for a chainsaw massacre!” Well, now you can have that massacre delivered right to your living room in glorious high-definition — thanks to the upcoming Deluxe Edition Blu-ray release of the cult […]