Beyond the Gore: Exhuming the Bloody Heart of Terrifier 2

Even if you’re not into horror films, chances are that you’ve heard about the film that is making people faint and throw up in the movie theatre. This word-of-mouth marketing is nothing new. Folks have been saying it since The Exorcist came out. With any film that pushes the horror boundaries and presents something genuinely […]

Friends In Low Places: A Look at Slasher Ensemble Casts

After excitedly watching Scream (2022) on opening night, the concept of slasher ensemble casts kept floating around in my mind. What exactly made the younger new cast in the latest entry in the iconic slasher franchise so effective? (Note: There will be no Scream (2022) spoilers here!) I continued thinking about this and so many […]

Review: New York Ninja (2021)

In 1984, famous Taiwanese martial artist John Liu filmed New York Ninja. No post-production was completed, however, and Liu soon retired from acting, leaving the film permanently on the shelf. The canisters of film were discovered by Vinegar Syndrome in 2019, but the audio recordings were long gone. Two years later, they have released their […]

31 Days of Slashers: Stagefright: Aquarius (1987)

The thirty-first and final entry in the 31 Days of Slashers series is Michele Soavi’s Stagefright: Aquarius (1987), also known simply as Stage Fright or Deliria. This Italian slasher film focuses on a group of actors who are locking themselves in their theatre to rehearse their new show. Unbeknownst to them, a madman (who happens […]

31 Days of Slashers: My Bloody Valentine (1981)

The thirtieth entry in the 31 Days of Slashers series is George Mihalka’s My Bloody Valentine (1981). This holiday-themed slasher tells the tale of miner Harry Warden, who was the sole survivor of a mine explosion on Valentine’s Day. After the deadly incident, Warden had to resort to cannibalism while waiting to be rescued and […]

31 Days of Slashers: Peeping Tom (1960)

The twenty-eighth entry in the 31 Days of Slashers series is the granddaddy of the slasher genre, Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (1960). Mark (Carl Boehm) is a creepy young man with an increasingly violent voyeuristic side. He enjoys filming beautiful women with a camera hidden under his jacket. He also enjoys filming women as he […]

31 Days of Slashers: The Initiation (1984)

The twenty-seventh entry in the 31 Days of Slashers series is Larry Stewart and Peter Crane’s The Initiation (1984). Kelly (Daphne Zuniga) has been having nightmares about a man on fire in her house since she was a small girl. She discusses them with the graduate student Peter (James Read) who teaches her psychology class. […]

31 Days of Slashers: The Funhouse (1981)

The twenty-sixth entry in the 31 Days of Slashers series is Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse (1981), also known as Carnival of Terror. Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) is a rather rebellious young woman. She defies her parents by sneaking out of the house to meet up with friends at the traveling carnival that is in town. The […]


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