7 Movie Franchises With Way Too Many Sequels

Now that Disney owns George Lucas’s Star Wars franchise, we already know that Episode VII is a done deal and that VIII and IX are coming unless something unexpected happens. It’s also quite likely that before long the series will see ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 31: Halloween

Well, was anybody shocked? Remember, when I was setting up this series — back with Day 1′s write-up of May — I warned you that the actual holiday’s corresponding movie was going to be a predictable choice. Given that John Carpenter’s Halloween ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 30: Trick ‘r Treat

There are a lot of great horror movies out there. I mean, I wouldn’t be writing this series if I didn’t legitimately believe that: but I believe in the simple, glorious pleasures of this genre enough to commit to writing a month-long ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 29: The House of the Devil

Ti West’s The House of the Devil is a peculiar, unassuming little film. It’s an ’80s horror movie created in 2009, filmed with the unmistakable grit and style of the era, but without any of the bells and whistles and camp of its ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Days 23-24: Splinter & The Host

Yesterday, we discussed — among other films — Frank Darabont’s The Mist, which examined what happens when groups of people in extreme danger start to turn on each other. One of today’s films, Toby Wilkins’ Splinter, takes a bit of a different tactic: ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 17: Black Sabbath

There’s something about a horror anthology that has always sucked me in. I remember distinctly my fourth-grade teacher reading aloud Alvin Schwartz’s immortal compendium of terrifying tales, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It was a mean collection to read impressionable young ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 15: Deep Red

Regardless of what legendary giallo pioneer Dario Argento’s finest film is — I wager that most would say Suspiria, but Inferno gets a lot of love too — it’s hard to deny that his lurid, grotesque murder mystery Deep Red is among ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 12: The Orphanage

We hear a lot about being haunted around Halloween. It’s a word often used to reference ghosts, and what they do when they’re stuck between planes of existence; it’s also how certain movies make us feel, especially when their specters loom over ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 9: A Tale of Two Sisters

The appeal of horror cinema is often ephemeral. The pleasures of the genre aren’t always fleeting, of course — what horror fan can’t remember the first time they fell in love with the feeling of being scared? — but I’d argue that ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 5: Them

Against all odds, it seems as though modern-day French horror has a keen grip on what is truly frightening. It can be intense — Pascal Laugier’s eviscerating Martyrs taps into difficult notions of pain and existentialism, while Alexandre Bustillo’s equally trying Inside ...

The 31 Days of Halloween, Day 4: Night of the Demons

As I sit down to sell you on Kevin Tenney’s little-respected Night of the Demons, I find it important to reiterate once again that this series is not designed as a treatise on the best horror films of all time. There’s going ...

The 31 Days of Halloween: May

Popblerd’s countdown of 31 great Halloween movies kicks off with Lucky McKee’s twisted, bloody character study “May.”

Popdose’s Winter 2012 TV Preview: “The River”

The River–Tuesdays, 9:00pm, ABC

I love horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies. I’m mixed (at best) on horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies made in the “found footage” style popularized by The Blair Witch Project, which has been recycled ...

Listmania: Top 20 Scariest Films (#10-1)

In pop culture, lists are everything. They lend a sense of order to an otherwise orderless world. From film and literature to music, critics and readers alike love to put things in tidy rows. It is with this in ...

Dw. Dunphy On… “Seven”

These things start in the damndest places.

During our chat room set up for the recent Oscars telecast, the topic moved to horror films. I have a broad opinion of what a horror film is, certainly broader than the focus of ...

Film Review: “Jennifer’s Body”

To Hollywood’s credit, there’ve been a lot of female-focused thriller/horror films coming out lately. It’s almost as if production studios in La-La Land have suddenly realized there’s a feminine demographic they could cater to/exploit. Unfortunately for the ladies, studios still think that ...

DVD Review: “My Name Is Bruce”

I have to admit, I’ve always been more a fan of B-movie living legend Bruce Campbell‘s personality than I have any of his films. Like most celebrities, there are conflicting stories of whether Bruce is ...