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Remembering CREEPSHOW 2 — Thirty Years Later!

Three decades ago this month, CREEPSHOW 2 opened on just 867 screens. Despite this measured rollout, the film immediately drew genre fanatics to local cinemas: CREEPSHOW 2 surprised at the box office, debuting at number two behind Universal’s Michael J. Fox vehicle THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, which opened on 466 additional screens — 1,333 to […]

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When Dracula Discovered Kung Fu: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN DEADLY VAMPIRES

When Christopher Lee finally decided to hang up his cape and fangs at Hammer after the box office flops, DRACULA A.D. 1972 and THE SATANTIC RITES OF DRACULA, things got really weird. For the second time Hammer decided to make a Dracula film sans Lee — the first being BRIDES OF DRACULA — the immediate […]

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The Terrifying Hellscape of F.W. Murnau’s FAUST

If you know your film history, you know the Universal Horror boom of the 1930s looks the way it does because of German cinematographers like Karl Freund, who brought the darkness with them as they emigrated to America. Alfred Hitchcock also studied the German filmmakers of the ‘20s — his visit to Murnau’s set for […]

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The New Trailer for BLADE RUNNER 2049 Will Blow Your Mind

After teasing fans mercilessly with some gorgeous visual glimpses and a recent teaser, Columbia Pictures just unveiled the first full trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1982 classic BLADE RUNNER… and so far it’s looking and sounding pretty damn amazing. Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (ARRIVAL) is assuming the director’s duties from Scott […]

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A Sneak Peek at the Tasty Horror Comedy BUTCHER THE BAKERS!

If you thought low-fi ‘80s oddities like BLOOD DINER or MICROWAVE MASSACRE were the last word on culinary-themed horror satire (not counting outright cannibal-themed flicks, of course), you might want to update your movie viewing schedule soon… because there’s a new indie feature on the way that promises to bring that niche subgenre headlong into […]

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Rare Clips from Hitchcock’s Unmade Found-Footage Project KALEIDOSCOPE

It may come as a surprise that Alfred Hitchcock — one of the world’s most respected filmmakers, widely considered “The Master of Suspense” — sometimes had great difficulty getting a new film project off the ground. Although we all know about his successes (PSYCHO, THE BIRDS, REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, NOTORIOUS, REBECCA, and […]

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The Chilling New IT Trailer Takes You Down to the Sewers of Derry!

Viewers of this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards got a shocking visit from Pennywise the Dancing Clown — courtesy of the latest official trailer for Andres Muschietti’s highly-anticipated feature film adaptation hitting screens this Fall, which the network unveiled Sunday night. In addition to giving us more personal time with “The Loser’s Club” (including a […]

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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Behind the Scenes of EXTREMITY with Director Anthony DiBlasi

Previously in this column, the writing team of Scott Swan and David Bond revealed details about a film that looks to be the ultimate word on the “extreme haunt” trend — appropriately titled EXTREMITY. They also revealed that one of my favorite genre filmmakers, Anthony DiBlasi (LAST SHIFT, MOST LIKELY TO DIE), would be helming the […]

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Why a Good Filmmaker Can Turn Any Concept Into a Scary Movie

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people claim a movie is great just because it has a great premise. Whether it’s “Come on! Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig are cowboys who fight aliens!” or “How could you not love a movie where the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE girls fight zombies?” Some people seem to think that […]

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Nine Useful Life Lessons (Courtesy of Jigsaw’s Deadliest Traps)

If you’re a SAW fan like me, you’re already quite familiar with the franchise’s main theme. Sure, to the uninitiated viewer, it would seem creative deaths and so-called “torture porn” are the only things these films have to offer — but I’m sure no one can deny that SAW is probably one of the most consistent […]

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Test Your Xenomorph IQ With Our ALIEN Movie Quiz!

ALIEN: COVENANT is hitting theaters on May 19th — so like a good little horror fan I’ve been marathoning the ALIEN franchise in anticipation. It’s such a fascinating series, with so many unique visions at the helm, that I couldn’t resist putting together a little round of trivia for you all. Check out the quiz […]

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Satan as a Feminist Instrument: Exploring THE LORDS OF SALEM

I don’t need to tell Blumhouse readers that Rob Zombie has had a textured and fascinating career. Rob first rose to fame as frontman for well-regarded metal band White Zombie in the 1980s and ’90s, and began mixing techno with metal as part of a well-regarded solo career that spans nearly 20 years and six […]