★★★★ out of ★★★★★ More often than not the horror story teller is beset with complex stories, radical exposition, and meandering narrative. The horror fan and the horror filmmaker so desperately want to hear and tell a compelling and multi-layered story. But as we all know too well, these stories are overtaken by this well-meaning desire and evolve in to a product so complex that they forget their intended purpose — the SCARES! The prescient and timely The Isolation Horrors is superbly aware of this exposition trap and manages to create an exquisite economy of horror story telling.
Mike’s Review: Wonder Valley (2017)
★★ out of ★★★★★ Who knew that there was a sub-genre of horror known as Coachella Horror? Well there’s not, but you heard it here first. Perfect millennials mixed with impossibly mundane feuding, throw in a couple very stylish floppy hats, a little paranormal fright (but not too much), and a gathering of genetically perfect young ladies and — POW — it’s Coachella Horror!
Eric’s Review: JeruZalem (2015)
✡✡✡1/2 out of ✡✡✡✡✡
What’s the best time to go on holiday to Jerusalem to see the sights? Probably not during the End of Days, as the unfortunate young visitors stumbled into in the shaky-cam apocalyptic tale JeruZalem.
Joseph’s Review: Penance Lane
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ You have seen most of the tropes in Penance Lane before, but the cast members give […]
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCV: Holy Horror!
As we exit Easter and enter Ramadan, it’s a good time to explore the relationship between horror movies and religion. Whether you like your horror featuring sweaty preachers or ancient prophecies, we scour the archives for some great holy horror nuggets for you!
Horror News: The Isolation Horrors (2020)
Have you had enough yet? Did you lose out on the last role of toilet paper? Are you debating the merits of the Exorcist vs. Exorcist III with your cat? Has the isolation started to creep under your skin and in to your psyche? Good! You’re in luck. There’s a new short horror anthology that looks at the dark and horrific side of ISOLATION!
Mike’s Review: Lake Mungo (2008)
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★ There exists this exquisite location somewhere right between a documentary, a dramatization, found footage, a fictionalized accounting of events, and a full on horror show. This venn diagram of a locale is a rather tough place to pinpoint and few films ever wandered there. That was of course until 2008 when Lake Mungo was released.
Robert’s Review: Sea Fever (2019)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
A beautifully shot and unintentionally timely creature feature highlighting the struggle between Human Nature and Science.
Joseph’s Review: In the Trap
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ A young man isolates himself from the outside world after seeing his sister dragged off by […]
Scariest Games: Trivial Pursuit Ultimate Horror Edition
Coming soon! Trivial Pursuit: Ultimate Horror Edition. Finally, you can prove to your friends that YOU are the horror expert.
Mike’s Book Report: I’m Thinking of Ending Things
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ It’s been known throughout the human experience that the journey is far more rewarding than the end point. For mountain climbers the peak is only the halfway point. Few endeavors have one introspectively looking solely at the terminus. For horror fans the end often isn’t entirely satisfying and the nostalgia for a film (or book) lies in the way the spooks and chills unfold along the way. Ian Reid’s 2016 novel, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, is the pure embodiment of this sentiment.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCIV: The Thingy Awards!
The ballots have been totaled and the winners can be declared! It is now time to celebrate the best horror movies from 2019. The Scariest Things 2020 Thingy awards are being announced right here, on Episode 94. Strike up the orchestra! Cue the lights!
Horror Movie News: Cannibal Holocaust is Going to be a Video Game!
Things just can’t possibly get weird enough. Hollyweird may have run out of ideas and the public is going to […]
“We Summon the Darkness” star Alexandra Daddario Participates in Live Q&A on April 10
To celebrate the release of the terrific horror comedy We Summon the Darkness this Friday, April 10, the film’s star […]
Joseph’s Review: We Summon the Darkness (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ This eighties-set Satanic Panic horror comedy delivers surprises, shocks, and some darkly comic gags, highlighted by […]
Robert’s Review: The Hunt (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Controversial, violent, and inflammatory; this darkly-comedic horror-adjacent battle royale will definitely give you something to talk about.
Eric’s Review: Roar (1981)
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
For everybody who has been enjoying Tiger King, you’ve seen NOTHING. Roar follows a roughly biographical take of a famous family who did the most insane experiment ever: living with 150 big wild lions, tigers, and other big cats. The tagline says it all: “No animals were injured in the process of making this movie, but 70 cast and crew members were.” It’s the most dangerous movie ever made.
Trailer Alert: Train to Busan 2 (Peninsula)
Did we ask for this? Is the zombie genre dead? Did the Walking Dead franchise kill the zombie genre? Will Train to Busan 2 live up to its forefather? Is this really just cheap hype for a video game tie in? SO. MANY. QUESTIONS!!!
Mike’s Review: Lights Out (2016)
★★ out of ★★★★★ The tweens are taking over! Hollyweird has handed over the castle keys to a gaggle of focused-grouped 13-year olds. Scary films are now purposely trying to not be scary. All is lost.
The Scariest Things Public Service Announcement: Save Our Independent Cinemas!
Horror fans, unite behind a cause! Support the great independent theaters that cater to the little horror films that we love, that nobody else will put on the big screen. If we don’t help them now, some of them may not be back after we escape from this virus nightmare.
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode XCIII: Terror at Six Feet A.K.A. Pandemic Horror
This is, shall we say, the horror trope of the moment. As we all sit at home and pick what we want to watch streaming from the comfort of our living rooms, a lot of us have been fascinated with the horror that is contagious.
Joseph’s Review: The Other Lamb
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★ Striking visuals and strong lead performances highlight this slow-burning feminist parable that is punctuated by sudden […]
Horror Shorts: The Acrylic (2019)
The Acrylic, a Thingy Award write-in candidate for best Horror Short, is available for viewing right here! That painting is just plain wrong.
Liz’s Book Report: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires
Grady Hendrix breathes new life into to the often cliche vampire genre with his best novel to date!
Movie Posters We Love: The BEST Pandemic Horror Movie Posters
You’ll scream, screech, gasp, cough wheeze, and, well…hopefully it’s just a common cold and it’ll be done in a couple days. One of the best ways to determine whether it is a common cold? Check the current CDC guidelines and consult with your local health department.
After you’ve done the requisite diagnosis, grabbed some vitamin C, and little DayQuil — THEN check out this gallery of the weirdest, wildest, wackiest and just plain BEST pandemic horror posters ever created!
These posters are infected so wash your hands after you’ve touched this gang of impurity!
Dead List: The Big List of Pandemic and Infectious Horror Movies
Welcome to the new reality, folks! While you are at shuttered in at home, many of you have been curious […]
Mike’s Review: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)
★★ out of ★★★★★ Sometimes less really is more. And sometimes way less is really way more. Eschewing all prior entries in Paranormal Activity franchise, and more importantly questioning the simple aesthetic of the found footage horror sub-genre. Enter Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. For those of you keeping track at home — and sadly, at this point, you really need to keep track to follow this franchise — this is number six.
Robert’s Review: Mass Hysteria (2019)
★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
While it’s more comedy than horror, this splattery witch-based tale is an entertaining cat & mouse chase around Salem, Massachusetts.
Mike’s Review: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Young women. Adventurous young women. Genetically perfect adventurous young women. Impossibly tight spaces. Blind killing creatures who’ve not seen the light of day for millennia. It’s the Descent for the tween generation! Plus, did we mention the forever hunky John Corbett?
Joseph’s Review: Cursed Films
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Shudder’s Cursed Film series takes an entertaining, even-keeled, engaging, and often emotional look at why some […]