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‘Midsommar’ Is Horror at Its Self-Indulgent Worst
2 months ago

‘Midsommar’ Is Horror at Its Self-Indulgent Worst

Director Ari Aster is the new poster child for the “sophomore slump.”

The celebrated auteur behind “Hereditary” returns with a film that shatters his potential into a thousand tiny shards. …
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Lacks Blood, Gore and Scares
2 months ago

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Lacks Blood, Gore and Scares

When did the “Annabelle” franchise morph into “Paranormal Activity?”

The former is now content to make us stare at the screen until something that isn’t supposed to move moves.

That’s …
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Peele’s Left-Leaning ‘Us’ Earns Its Woke Status
5 months ago

Peele’s Left-Leaning ‘Us’ Earns Its Woke Status

No, “Get Out” wasn’t a fluke.

Jordan Peele, the funny sketch comic and Obama apologist from “Key & Peele,” stunned virtually everyone with his 2017 directorial debut.

Peele isn’t ready …
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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ – Make It Stop!
6 months ago

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ – Make It Stop!

It helps if horror comedies don’t completely skip the whole “horror” part of the equation.

“Happy Death Day 2U” does just that, giving us the least inspired serial killer in …
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‘Possum’ Burrows Under Your Skin, Won’t Leave
6 months ago

‘Possum’ Burrows Under Your Skin, Won’t Leave

The indie thriller “Possum” won’t spark a new horror franchise.

Nor will the movie, on home video Feb. 12, be embraced by the masses. It’s too quirky, slow moving and …
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Hulu’s ‘Down’ Delivers Thrills for Valentine’s Day
7 months ago

Hulu’s ‘Down’ Delivers Thrills for Valentine’s Day

By  •  Reviews, TV

Did you ever step onto the elevator, see an attractive stranger and think, “well, this isn’t so bad…”

The new Hulu horror entry “Down” starts at that ambiguous moment. Two …
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Why ‘The Shrine’ Rises Above Cult Film Cliches
7 months ago

Why ‘The Shrine’ Rises Above Cult Film Cliches

There are a lot of horror films about cults, and with good reason.

We’re afraid of what we don’t understand, and it’s hard to understand why a group of otherwise …
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How This Director Created an ‘Expendables’ of Horror
7 months ago

How This Director Created an ‘Expendables’ of Horror

Horror films often pack more passion and ingenuity than any other genre.

Most sitting behind the camera on a horror movie are true fans, inspired to love their favorite movies …
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‘Basket Case’ – Gritty ’80s Horror Sans Apology
8 months ago

‘Basket Case’ – Gritty ’80s Horror Sans Apology

If you have a soft spot for ’80s horror movies that are so bad, they’re good, you should add 1982’s “Basket Case” to your watch list.

Not only does it …
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‘Monster Party’ Won’t Leave Gore Enough Alone
9 months ago

‘Monster Party’ Won’t Leave Gore Enough Alone

Writer/director Chris von Hoffmann breaks out the yellow highlighter early and often in “Monster Party.”

The score is ominous (squeak!), goosed with audio NOS. The reaction shots are routinely wide …
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