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DVDanger: 'Devil's Pass', 'Die, Monster, Die!', 'The Whip and the Body', 'Birth of the Living Dead'
A modern shocker, two vintage terrors, and a history lesson in zombies
"...magnetic north, is a good old fashioned, clutch-the-sheets, double-check-the-locks horror...."

Jan. 11, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Housecore Headhunter Summons You
Festival boss Corey Mitchell makes his recommendations
"...Mitchell which nation is making the most depraved, disturbing horror movies these days, the answer may surprise you. As..."

Oct. 25, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: What's Your Point of View?
For Halloween, some beastly releases of the haunting month
"...in the run-up to Halloween. If you're not watching horror movies, you're just not doing it right...."

Oct. 20, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

'Evil Dead' Rises Again
Three originals brought in Fede Alvarez for this horror remake
"...on this one that we were doing a hard-hitting horror film." Of the three, the first has shown the..."

April 5, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Don't Everybody Freak Out
Dark Matters' horror shows
"...know from past experience that some of the best horror films tend to fall through the cracks of the..."

Oct. 19, 2012 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Paranormal Activity 3
Turns out that the third time is the charm: This one delivers the jolts with subtlety and brio.
"...in Paranormal 1 and Paranormal 2, respectively) and their horror-prone kinfolk? No matter. This one fucking creeped me out...."

Oct. 21, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
This is the rare horror comedy that near-perfectly balances its blend of grue, guffaws, and gag reflexes.
"...Crystal Lake shedful of rusty remakes and dull, witless horror sequels that have littered the cinema of late, like..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Our most primal fears about what's lurking in the dark lies at the heart of this Guillermo del Toro-scripted frightmare.
"...unknown," wrote H.P. Lovecraft in his 1927 essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." To that I'd humbly add: The second..."

Aug. 26, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Antichrist
Lars von Trier lives to affront again. Chaos, indeed, reigns.
"...primeval (or, more accurately, primevil), Antichrist becomes a genuine horror movie. Hieronymus Bosch would be proud. Cinematographer Anthony Dod..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pandorum
Two crew members wake up aboard a spaceship with no knowledge of their identities or their mission in this horror/science-fiction amalgam.
"...from certain quarters for awarding Paul W.S. Anderson's sci-fi horror show Event Horizon two stars back in 1997, which,..."

Oct. 2, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

House
In this Christian horror film, a mad killer who claims to have slain God, torments two couples seeking shelter.
"...Davis, Lew Temple and Leslie Easterbrook. Does God hate horror films, secular or otherwise? Certainly, to judge from the..."

Nov. 14, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Standard Operating Procedure
The great documentary filmmaker Errol Morris delves into the notorious photographs taken at Abu Ghraib to discover the "truths" they contain and whatever culpabilities they might reveal.
"...revealed some of the inner workings of a sanctioned horror from the top command down. Before that, it was..."

June 6, 2008 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hills Have Eyes II
This sequel to last year’s remake is as witless and simpleminded as the irradiated humanoids that serve as the franchise’s bad guys.
"...This sequel to last year’s remake of the 1977 horror classic The Hills Have Eyes is as witless and..."

March 30, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Hostel
In this horror film, three backpackers check in to the wrong hostel where, unbeknownst to them, very bad things happen from dusk till dawn.
"...has the dubious honor of being the most anticipated horror film of the year – so far – and..."

Jan. 13, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Cry Wolf
A tech-centric but bloodless teen horror thriller that works best as a stinging critique of post-adolescent whininess.
"...former boneyard with a more irony-rich brand of comic horror than even Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson could have..."

Sept. 23, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Ju-on: The Grudge
Fear of what's lurking just out of sight is at the heart of this Japanese horror film.
"...highest praise I can offer this marvelously outré Japanese horror film is that after viewing it on tape alone..."

Sept. 10, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Village
Shyamalan coasts into this village that is wracked by the wages of fear, manipulation, and forestry.
"...to detail and the interlocking mechanics of suspense and horror, has served him well. Apparently he’s managed to make..."

Aug. 6, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

King of the Ants
Nifty new thriller from Stuart Gordon, the director of Re-Animator.
"...Mark Smith. The title makes it sound like a horror film, I know. And given that King of the..."

Dec. 12, 2003 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions
"...say that Lord of Illusions is not a worthy horror movie by any means; it is simply a horrible..."

Aug. 25, 1995 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest Review: The Queen of Black Magic
Indonesian horror is stomach-churning and gut-wrenching
"...If there are two signatures to Indonesian horror, they would be an overwhelming sense of relentless dread,..."

Oct. 2, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Brea Grant, Modern Scream Queen
The Stylist star, 12 Hour Shift director and UT grad becomes a powerhouse of horror at Fantastic Fest
"...already racked up dozens of roles, many with a horror twist like Christmas chiller All the Creatures Were Stirring,..."

Sept. 25, 2020 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti Paints Austin Deep Red
Italian horror soundtrack maestro emails bloody tidbits
"...splash down into the director’s bloody well of psychological horror. Group key man Claudio Simonetti and his band recreate..."

Sept. 25, 2019 Music Post by Raoul Hernandez

Owen Egerton Gets Physical for Mercy Black
Childhood trauma lingers in this Netflix horror
"...wrote for indie film titans Blumhouse Productions – psychological horror Mercy Black...."

April 5, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Happy Death Day 2U
Comedy-horror sequel is less Halloween, more Groundhog Day
"...the promotional material for the follow-up to 2017 Blumhouse horror/comedy Happy Death Day. The sequel owes more to the..."

Feb. 15, 2019 Movie Review by Danielle White

The Night He Came to Fantastic Fest
Genre fest announces Halloween for opening night
"...Fest has announced that the revamp of the classic horror franchise, directed by erstwhile Austinite David Gordon Green, will..."

Aug. 22, 2018 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Revenge
Bloody vengeance fit for the #MeToo era.
"...U.S. at a more opportune time, either. It’s the horror film our #MeToo vs. entitled-white-male-“grab ‘em by the pussy”..."

May 11, 2018 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Opening Night at Guzu Gallery
Artists talk about their work for new horror-themed show
"...stocking? Friday night, Guzu Gallery opened its latest show, holiday/horror hybrid "They're Coming to Get You," and some of..."

Dec. 6, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

My Obsession: The Dick Van Dyke Show
Was the Sixties sitcom a harbinger of horror?
"...show's five seasons, is hilarious, but it's also a mini-horror romp, part The Old Dark House, part Scooby-Doo (which..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Screens Column by Joe Gibson

Alternate Reality Gaming Gets Scary
Darren Lynn Bousman's immersive horror project the Tension Experience
"...storytelling. First, he pioneered a new wave of extreme horror with Saw II-IV. Next, he threw himself into the..."

March 10, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Monsterland
Creature feature anthology, plus The Funhouse Massacre
"...Horror anthology Monsterland opens with a fine visual gag: a..."

June 18, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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