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Ultra-Low-Budget Horror Flick 'Paranormal Activity' Hits the Marknew

How does a film from a first-time director, with a budget that matches what some studios would spend on a single ad in a trade magazine, manage to connect with so many people? Simple: It's scary.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

Horror Showdown: 'Halloween II' vs. 'The Final Destination'new

Horror sequels Halloween II and The Final Destination both open this week, but neither was screened in time for review. So instead, we've devised this scientific system (note: system not scientific at all) to determine which one might be worth horror fans' time and money.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Josh Bell  |  08-27-2009  |  Movies

'Orphan' Relishes Suspense Over Exploitation and Dread Over Abstract Terror

Orphan is a persuasive addition to the subgenre of bad-seed-horror films like The Omen where a creepy little kid wrecks havoc and murder on the lives of ill-equipped adults.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-20-2009  |  Reviews

‘The Commune' Is a Great First Film for Two Women Artistsnew

Heidi Hornbacher and Elisabeth Fies have joined the ranks of Hollywood first-time filmmakers with a horror movie as their starter flick. You could say that, instead of a "chick flick," they've made a "her-ror" movie.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Ellen Snortland  |  06-08-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Drag Me to Hell' Is Drive-In Funnew

Sam Raimi stops playing with his cash long enough to spin a hilarious horror-movie yarn.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  06-04-2009  |  Reviews

Sam Raimi Returns to His Rootsnew

Sam Raimi makes a triumphant return to the "splatstick" horror genre he more or less invented with The Evil Dead trilogy.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  05-29-2009  |  Reviews

'Blood Shed' Brings a Little Slice of Atlantic Horror to the Worldnew

Jason Shipley's directorial debut is a 15-minute boozy gorefest that premiered at Fredericton's Silver Wave Film Festival last November. And it's been on a roll since then.
The Coast, Halifax's Weekly  |  Tara Thorne  |  05-29-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Bruce McDonald on His Small-Town Ontario Zombie Filmnew

Here's the bit of brilliance that lies at the gut of McDonald's latest movie: Pontypool is truly horrifying for what it doesn't show us.
Montreal Mirror  |  Matthew Hays  |  03-13-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

The New 'Friday the 13th' Is Better Than the Originalnew

Producer Michael Bay again joins with director Marcus Nispel to reboot an iconic slasher-film franchise--and the result is a slick and respectable remake of Friday the 13th.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  02-20-2009  |  Reviews

'Friday the 13th' Revisits Vintage '80s Horror

Marcus Nispel proves that he knows why the franchise endures: At its core, it's less about terror than it is about comedy.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  02-10-2009  |  Reviews

The Remake of a Fantastic South Korean Fright Flick Does Not Live Up to the Originalnew

The Uninvited is relatively useless to those who watched and loved the original, but audiences new to the story might get a few good chills out of it.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  02-05-2009  |  Reviews

'Donkey Punch': Butt It Hurtsnew

Oliver Blackburn’s British thriller offers a unique thrill: It indulges in juvenile scares by placing them in a larger canvas of sophisticated moods, developing the scenario with remarkably shrewd structural finesse.
New York Press  |  Eric Kohn  |  01-22-2009  |  Reviews

There's Nothing Redeeming About 'The Unborn'new

As soon as The Unborn's end credits started to roll, a guy seated two rows down from me at the promotional screening declared: "That sucked!" I couldn't have said it better myself.
The Georgia Straight  |  Steve Newton  |  01-13-2009  |  Reviews

Dario Argento Film Desecrates Horror Traditionnew

Seldom do you see as much overkill as the first murder in Mother of Tears from Italian gore-maestro Dario Argento.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  07-10-2008  |  Reviews

Welcome to the Dollhousenew

Strung out on poppets, puppets, and Seed of Chucky. It's the perfect double-bill match for the equally unholy Team America: World Police.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Kimberly Chun  |  11-24-2004  |  Reviews

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