Blu-Ray Review: “Escape From New York, Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or appearing in a string of well-executed genre entertainments that relied on atmosphere and colorful performances to make up for what they ...

Blu-ray Review: Matthew Crawley Goes Psycho in “The Guest”

From the opening titles of The Guest to the music and the film’s purposeful pacing, it’s pretty obvious that director Adam Wingard and his creative partner, writer Simon Barrett (they were both responsible for the twisted horror film You’re Next) are paying ...

Boo! The Top 20 Halloween Songs Playlist

If you’re the type of person who leaves Christmas shopping until the very last minute, you’re probably also inclined to wait until just before Halloween to make a super-spooky playlist. In both cases, shame on you!

Fortunately for you, I’m willing to ...

10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE!

Nevertheless, because horror movies are ...

The Popdose Interview: Robert Carradine

You might think that Robert Carradine, an actor whose filmography is far more formidable than the average moviegoer would ever imagine (keep reading and find yourself astonished by at least one or two of his past co-stars), would ...

Thanks For The Turkey!: Deep Star Six

“There’s something down here…something not us.”

That is a line from The Abyss, a far better movie about underwater creatures interacting with humanity. The Abyss is better than Leviathan which starred Peter “

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 ...

Basement Songs: John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

Ask me why I love a good horror movie and I could give you some b.s. answer about how watching characters in a scary movie deal with unbelievable life and death situations is a cathartic release from the pressures ...

Among Us: Aliens, Invaders & Allies

This weekend brings Battle: Los Angeles to movie screens across the country, not to mention Aaron Eckhart to the brink of extinction as space invaders sock it to the Left Coast. Last month gave us I Am Number Four, the story of ...

Basement Songs: 52 Saturday Nights

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a writer. Since the first grade, when my teacher suggested that I recount my family’s recent cross country vacation to California, I was bitten by the writing bug. In ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “John Carpenter’s The Fog”

“There’s something in the fog!” Stevie Wayne (Adrienne Barbeau) in John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980).

After the success of his iconic slasher movie, Halloween (1978), John Carpenter took two years to release his next feature film (though he did work ...

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 ...

The Friday Mixtape: All Souls Edition, 10/30/09

Welcome back.

Are you feeling comfortable? Good. Right about now, you’re sitting casually in your seat, perhaps in a chair staring at the monitor, perhaps bundled up on the couch, wrapped in ...

Revival House: “The Night HE Came Home!”

A few months back, I sat in a crowded theater on opening night of My Bloody Valentine 3D. As I was sitting there waiting for the movie to start, it occurred to me that I was the only one in the audience ...

Revival House: Ten Great Remakes

With all this talk about remakes in various stages of production, from rumored to released, I’ve received a couple of suggestions that I do a list of needless remakes. But because (to sort-of quote Robert Stack in Airplane!) “That’s just what they’re ...

Revival House: “I’ll Be Back”

If you’re like me, when you see a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in shades, a certain five-note rhythm comes to mind. There’s no denying composer Brad Fiedel kicks things off in James Cameron’s The Terminator (1984) with a great main title, letting ...