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Religion in Genre: On Pro-Faith Horror Films
God doesn’t give warning. When it’s time for the mighty, unshakeable man upstairs to point his finger at the ants below, he doesn’t give pause to signify his hammer; he just unleashes his fury and calls it justice. 
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Is Kid-Friendly Horror Making a Comeback?
There’s no decade us horror fans are more nostalgic about than the 1980s, largely thanks to all the gory slasher flicks that dominated the era. But the 80s also represented a golden age for another sub-genre that’s fallen by the wayside in recent years: family-friendly horror. 
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Q&A: Mark Duplass, on The Lazarus Effect
In the first of his two Blumhouse films (and likely more to come), Mark Duplass doesn’t get to have all that much fun. Here, in The Lazarus Effect, it’s Olivia Wilde’s show; her resurrected, black-eyed form hemorrhaging anguish and psychic ability. Instead, Duplass is a straight man, caught (as many classical horror figures are) in…
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The Beyond: Lucio Fulci’s Seven Notes in Black (aka The Psychic)
Lucio Fulci, the “Godfather of Gore,” is known for his fetishistic ocular violence, blood-soaked special effects, and dizzying predilection for pan, zoom, and rack-focus. But Fulci’s place in the annals of Italian horror cinema is still widely contested. Unlike his contemporary Dario Argento, now known as an auteur, Fulci built a reputation on derivative, cheaply…
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Win a Blumhouse Blu Bundle!
As their latest production, the Flatliners-esque medical horror The Lazarus Effect (see our review here) hits theaters, Shock has a Blumhouse Blu Bundle for horror fans looking to steep in the supernatural. 
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Exclusive Clip: A Shocking Interrogation in Ejecta
Ejecta is just the latest from a tenacious collective of Canadian indie horror filmmakers including Chad Archibald, Matt Wiele, Cody Calahan and John Geddes, who rotate directing and producing duties and frequently team with Pontypool writer Tony Burgess and delightful character actor Julian Richings (Orphan Black, Cube, Urban Legend). In just the last two years,…
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The Lazarus Effect Review
The premise behind The Lazarus Effect is going to sound familiar to anyone who’s been watching horror movies for a number of years. The film may explore the idea of bringing back the dead, which we’ve seen in the likes of Flatliners and Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, but finds a way to do so in a more organic way. 
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James Remar and More in Boarding School Horror, February
What was the last great boarding school horror film? While not great, I’d count Lucky McKee’s The Woods as certianly overlooked. And while more dramatic, Antonio Campos’ Afterschool is an anxious, upsetting affair. It’s entirely too bad Mary Harron’s The Moth Diaries was a disappointment. Boarding School Horror feels like a beloved (likely thanks to…
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Lost Soul Leads to New Life for Richard Stanley’s Moreau
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau is a must-see. This essential doc on filmmaking and the madness that can ensue chronicles Hardware director Richard Stanley’s failed attempt to realize a definitive adaptation of HG Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, thanks to interference and circumstance that’s positively unreal. Now,…
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Studio Inferno: On Cherry Falls (2000) and Cursed (2005)
Even at the best of times, making films is a blood sport, a mess of talent, ego and politics. Often those filmmakers who are truly successful find ways around the Hollywood system, making films independently or amassing such power and influence that their taste and ability aren’t questioned. Successful and iconic horror films have veered…
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