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Celebrating 40 Years of Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES

It’s a bit tough wrapping one’s head around it, but it’s actually been four decades since Wes Craven’s censorship-defying chiller THE HILLS HAVE EYES arrived and left viewers sitting in stunned silence. While the enthusiastically gritty LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT differed significantly in premise, it did serve as a bit of a precursor of […]

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The Lost Horror Sequels That Should Have Been

There are two things we horror fans love; getting spooked and sequels! Why, if we had our way, every horror movie would have sequels! They would have so many sequels, released annually, that by the fifth one we would all complain about there being too many sequels! Then, when the studio stops making sequels because […]

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Wes Craven’s Top 10 Nightmare Scenes

Master of horror Wes Craven was obviously well-known for creating the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET franchise, but the man explored the nature of nightmares in more than just his Freddy Krueger films. Throughout his career, one of his favorite ways to explore the psychology of a character was to throw them into their worst fear […]

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This Week On SHOCK WAVES, We’re Talking Social Commentary And Political Horror!

This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and special guest co-host Brea Grant (BEYOND THE GATES, DEAD AWAKE, HALLOWEEN 2) as the group analyze social commentary and political horror in the genre! But first, the latest horrors! Bekah checked out the 80’s horror anthology DEADTIME STORIES […]

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THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS Remake That Almost Was!

This week on episode 37 of the Shock Waves podcast, we had on very special guest Javier Gutiérrez, the director of RINGS, now in theaters. The discussion jumped around to various aspects of his career – from his early short films, to his impressive debut BEFORE THE FALL, to all the abandoned projects in between […]

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Unseen Horrors: The Story Behind The Unmade LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT PART 2!

There are 3 key points in the directing career of filmmaker Wes Craven that firmly cement him as one of the leading figures in modern horror cinema. It began with his 1972 directorial debut LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and continued with THE HILLS HAVE EYES which defined that decade of horror with gritty, realistic exploitation […]

Films Scary Fun 

The Most Dangerously Incompetent Police in Horror Movies

Sometimes, law enforcement in the world of horror cinema is notoriously absent, incompetent, or a special blend of both. I decided to take a look at a variety of flicks featuring some of the worst police work ever depicted in horror movies… and this is what I’ve come up with: Lt. Ken Fuller and Team […]

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5 Horror Movies Directed by Former Adult-Film Makers

Every director has to start somewhere, and many well-known names in the horror-filmmaking world first got behind the camera in the world of pornography. Back in the 1970s and ’80s, X-rated features were often more professional and respectable than their current counterparts, and such genre specialists as Abel Ferrara, William Lustig, David DeCoteau and Tim […]

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Ten Classic Horror Movies With Powerful Socio-Political Undertones

With the release of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, we’re about to return to one of the more challenging and unsettling horror franchises to deal with the concept of class warfare in a very literal sense. Where the first film presented the horrific downside of the false utopia presented by the New Founding Fathers, the second […]

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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 — […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Which Screen Psychopath is Most Realistic? Science Has the Answer!

Now this is the kind of intensive scientific study just about any horror fan would love to participate in: Samuel J. Leistedt M.D., Ph.D, a professor of psychiatry in Belgium who specializes in analysis of psychopathic behavior, assembled a diverse team of experts in forensic psychiatry and film criticism who were willing to watch hundreds […]

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Slashback! The Screen’s First Slasher Santa Claus — TO ALL A GOODNIGHT (1980)

Nothing suits an old-school slasher flick better than a holiday or other significant calendar event, and since HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH were already spoken for by 1980, producers turned their sights back to Christmas — already prime fodder for body-count horror since Bob Clark’s seminal 1974 classic BLACK CHRISTMAS, and later the setting for […]

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A Wes Craven Tribute Worthy Of The “Master Of Horror”

Since the news of Wes Craven’s passing, a lot of people have done various tributes, editorials and testimonials to the “master of horror’s” legacy. But one in particular worth sharing is this video essay put together by Nelson Carvajal for RogerEbert.com. Craven was a truly gifted and intellectual filmmaker that managed to challenge the way […]