Category: horror

Review: SAVE YOURSELF from seeing this movie

There’s a promotional quote in the trailer for Save Yourself attributed to Rue Morgue, a horror magazine that I admire and to which I was once a contributor a few years back. It comes at the 1:37 mark and reads “an eerie and elegiac ode to classic horror filmmaking.” Now, you can tell just by

Review: WHITE RAVEN delivers where it counts

There’s a compelling premise at the heart of White Raven: four friends, a cooler of beer and a pistol go camping. And for a good chunk of the film’s running time there’s a believable comradery among the four, as though the pals from Stand By Me reunited in middle-age to relive the adventure of finding

Review: FARHOPE TOWER ain’t afraid of no ghosts

Ever watched one of those paranormal “reality” TV shows? Of course you have. Ever wanted to see a feature film version of one of those shows? Probably not. But if, for some reason, the idea of watching deadpan and dumb wannabe Ghostbusters explore an abandoned apartment building appeals to you, then look no further tha...

Review: BITE lacks teeth

In the past year, scientists have identified more than 18,000 new species of animals, most of them insects, such as the Deuteragenia ossarium, a wasp discovered in China that stuffs its subterranean nest with dead ants to protect its eggs from predators. There are also new species of ants in Africa, bees in Australia, ...

Remember when Burt Reynolds was almost James Bond?

As the 24th James Bond movie, Spectre, hits North American theatres this weekend, the speculation about who will replace Daniel Craig as 007 has shifted into high gear. (Will it be fan favourite Idris Elba?) Craig has made it clear in interviews that he’s turning in his license to kill, although that’s probably just po...

Who knew Crimson Peak’s ghosts were practical effects?

When I reviewed Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, I wrote that “the ghosts in del Toro’s tale are entirely incidental to the plot, too ethereal and without substance, literally and figuratively. Extinguish them and the story still holds together. But without the ghosts—and their CG Skeletor faces and talon...

John Carpenter’s all over the internet so it must be H...

Halloween must be John Carpenter’s favourite holiday. It’s the one time of year when the quasi-retired pothead puts down his Xbox controller to give countless interviews about Halloween and horror. As avid a fan of his movies as I am, especially his early, scary ones, I’m not sure there’s really anything more that he o...

No Peckinpah in John Carpenter’s Vampires

I happened to catch John Carpenter’s Vampires the other night for probably the second or third time. While I love vampire movies—The Lost Boys, Fright Night and Bram Stoker’s Dracula are among my favourites—I’ve never much cared for Carpenter’s take on them. That, despite Carpenter being one of the all-time great genre...

Video: 101 cool zombie kills

One of the most insane scenes from any zombie movie—hell, from any movie, period—is the zombie versus shark in Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2, the unofficial sequel to George R. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (which was re-edited by Dario Argento and given a Goblin score for its release in Italy under the title Zombi). The

What would a Wes Anderson horror movie even look like?

Wes Anderson wants to make a horror movie. The director of the ever-so-twee Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums expressed the out-of-left-field interest during the Rome Film Festival, presumably after catching a rerun of a particular Saturday Night Live sketch on Sky Italia. Anderson explained: “Horror is an area where i...