Refugee-pers Creepers

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. The most satisfying response to a horror movie scare is not a jump, a shriek, or a recoil. It is a verbal “Nope!” It is that one-sided dialogue in which an audience member declares “Nuh-uh” in response to a scene of […]

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Like Face/Off, but With More Faces Literally Off

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. Anyone who has watched Mark Zuckerberg attempt to smile has known the face of true terror. Yet when movies use corporations as villains, the depiction is almost always all slick suits and shadowy boardrooms, granting monied douchebags a stealthy swagger they […]

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Twenty Times the Horror for 2020

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. FYI: My paid movie reviewing career is now officially old enough to vote. I can promise it’s not going third party… Over all these years, the question I have been asked most as a film critic is “This is more of […]

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If 2020 Was a Horror Movie…

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. If there’s one thing we could all use right now, it’s more worry about death and an increased fear of other people, right? Writer/director Amy Seimetz didn’t create COVID-19. Probably… But her new film, She Dies Tomorrow, is so impossibly well-timed […]

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Who Dares to Rent the Rental?

Editor’s note: We need your help! Support content like this by becoming a Reader member here. When I heard that Dave Franco directed an Airbnb-based horror movie, I got all twitterpated! Doesn’t that just sound, like, extra-special-super bad?! What if I also told you that this was the lesser Franco’s directorial debut and that it tries to […]

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Going Clear

Somehow, Elisabeth Moss just seems uniquely prepared for a role that involves believing in the existence of a powerful being that nobody can see but should still totally believe is there. Hand to Xenu, it sure feels she’s trying to tell us something by choosing roles like the ones in Invisible Man, Us, Top of […]

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Eating Off the Kids Menu

Gretel & Hansel is basically what you’d get if the Brothers Grimm were more interested in superheroes than in wolves doing grandma cosplay. Cloaked in all the kiddie cannibalism and witchy wickedness that you’d expect from the Gothic fairy tale, director Osgood Perkins’s take is visually spectacular, if a bit narratively superficial. Honestly, the biggest […]

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Frankenstein’s Hipster

Who doesn’t love a good ole fashioned modern spin on a horror classic? IFC Midnight presents Depraved, an update of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that reimagines the tale of a grave-robbing mad scientist as the most terrifying monster of all: a Brooklyn hipster. Writer/director/editor Larry Fessenden uses every visual effect leftover from the 90s to modernize […]

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