Review: Pyewacket, summoning fate

Pyewacket. That’s not exactly the kind of horror title that instills much confidence into those who come across it. For a film that’s rooted in the occult and about a story of teenage angst that results in a family being torn apart, there had to be a better option on the table. Instead, and unfortunately […]

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Review: The Ritual, stay close

It was only a matter of time before Netflix handed the keys over to a guy like David Bruckner, who is now more than ever one of the most exciting directors in the genre. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen the steaming outlet take more and more chances on horror filmmakers (Mike Flanagan […]

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Review: Dead Shack, what’s with all the unicorns?

Since Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, humans turned flesh-eating monsters have become a staple in horror and for good reason. They’re inherently terrifying, which lends itself to more serious genre fare, yet we often see them portrayed in horror comedies like Return of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and Zombieland (just to […]

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Review: Mom and Dad, cut the cord

It’s nearly impossible to ignore the immediate urge to see a movie about Nic Cage desperately wanting to murder his children—I’m pretty sure the audience for a movie like Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad is literally everyone. Who doesn’t want to see that? The concept of parents turning on their own children really isn’t anything […]

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Review: Super Dark Times, what have you done

You’d never know that Super Dark Times is Kevin Phillips’ first feature length film without looking it up. He shows so much elegance behind the camera, framing each shot deliberately and with aplomb—Phillips’ dark tone and atmosphere are on full display here, often using these lingering shots to speak volumes, telling us exactly what his […]

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Review: It Comes at Night, boiling panic

Trey Edward Shults may not be a name you’re too familiar with—his first feature film was 2015’s drama Krisha—but with the help of a studio like A24 backing his indie viral-thriller It Comes at Night, it’s not at all surprising to see his second film gain so much traction throughout the genre. Shults’ low budget […]

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