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Films Scary Fun 

Slashback! Why CEMETERY OF TERROR is Mexico’s Best Slasher EVER

I know you’ve been missing my regular column on vintage slasher flicks… but it’s okay, you don’t have to reveal your dark and secret shame by admitting it. If you’re familiar with my previous installments, you know I tend to focus on more obscure oddities from the often-maligned slasher subgenre, as opposed to the classic […]

Films 

Stu’s Story: An Alternate View of Wes Craven’s SCREAM

20 years ago, Wes Craven proved that slasher films could still offer something fresh and original with SCREAM. For a film that constantly pointed out all of the tropes and cliches in slasher films, SCREAM offered one of the more original twist endings by revealing more than one man was behind the mask. The more […]

Films Music 

Gregory Burkart on Scoring the Experimental Slasher MADE ME DO IT

I very seldom exploit my position as Senior Writer to talk about my work beyond the walls of Blumhouse… but I was recently invited to take part in a feature film project that I’m very stoked about, so I’d like to take a moment to give you a peek behind the scenes. One of my […]

Films Scary Fun 

The Slasher in WINK Doesn’t Put on a Happy Face… He IS One!

This year, horror filmmakers aren’t just employing the latest in media tech to tell their stories… they’re also conjuring a lot of creepy tales about the pervasive and often intrusive nature of modern media itself. Writer-director Alex J. Mann and production outfit Space Oddity Films have devoted numerous short-form horrors to this very topic, including the […]

Music 

EXCLUSIVE: TONIGHT SHE COMES Vinyl Release Details!

Wojciech Golczewski (WE ARE STILL HERE, BEYOND THE GATES, 400 DAYS), one of the go-to composers for atmospheric and moody score work these days, is set to release a special 7” vinyl single, featuring two tracks from his upcoming score to the outside-the-box slasher, TONIGHT SHE COMES. The film, which is all set to have […]

Films 

Five Classic Horror Movie Archetypes (and Why They’re Essential)

Consider, if you will, the following scenario: You’re going on a summer road trip with a group of friends. Your best friend’s boyfriend has this brother who just bought a cabin located in the middle of nowhere. It’ll be fun to get away for the week — to drink, go swimming, and relax with friends […]

Films 

Slashback! The Creepiest Pre-HALLOWEEN Slasher Trailers

In last week’s Slashback column, we took a controversial look at the cultural impact of the slasher genre through the eyes of two of its most famous detractors: film critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. It’s interesting to note that when the pair ran their notorious SNEAK PREVIEWS “Violence Against Women” episode in 1980, the […]

Films 

Slashback! Remembering Siskel & Ebert’s Misguided 1980 Anti-Slasher Campaign

Before I launch into this week’s column, I want to make one thing very clear: I have always had and still maintain the utmost respect and admiration for America’s most famous film critics — Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Not one episode of their PBS series SNEAK PREVIEWS, which ran from 1975 to 1981, was missed in […]

Films 

Slashback! School’s Out Forever on GRADUATION DAY (1981)

Ever since I developed a serious slasher-movie addiction during the Mom & Pop video store days of the 1980s, I can’t go long without a fix… and nothing scratches that itch better than a flick from the genre’s Golden Age, which loosely spans the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, hitting its peak of popularity during […]

Films Music Scary Fun 

Watch This Amazing Musical Love Letter to FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V

I’ll tell you this straight-up: I consider FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING one of my favorite slasher movies of all time. It’s one of the least-loved among the franchise (mostly for one reason, which you’ll know if you’ve seen it), but I’m not the only one who finds it one of the […]

Films Scary Fun 

Slashback! Why JAWS 2 is Really Just a Slasher Movie with a Shark

Enjoying Shark Week, everyone? Well, far be it from me to steer the boat too far off-course while there’s prime fodder for my companion “Snark Week” theme. (If you’re wondering what that is, check out this in-depth thesis on the SyFy epic GHOST SHARK, and learn why you must drop everything and watch it immediately.) […]

TV 

Is The TV “SLASHER” Revival Already Over?

Of all the sub-genres within the horror world, the “slasher” is definitely one of the most intriguing and appealing to a young, budding horror fan; if anything, because of the simplicity in its formula. Whereas some of the bigger studio fare like THE EXORCIST or POLTERGEIST or THE CHANGELING focused on well-crafted supernatural stories, and Universal […]

Films 

Slashback! SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE II Features the Best Slasher Weapon EVER

As a slasher fan for more than half my lifetime, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s not always a lot of variation on the genre’s time-worn tropes, even during the Golden Age. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course; one of the things that identifies any genre (be it spaghetti western, giallo, film noir, take […]