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When a Stranger Calls
Simon West’s do-over of Fred Walton’s 1979 creepfest – in which babysitter Belle menaced by a stranger with a phone who probably isn’t that guy from Verizon – is a hollow, shallow, and just plain boring exercise in snooziness.
"...masturbatory tedium. I’d have given up entirely on American horror as a viable genre years ago if it weren’t..."

Feb. 10, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A History of Violence
Cronenberg's new horror film implicitly tackles the old question of nature vs. nurture: What are we born with and what do we acquire from our environment?
"...Holmes. Throughout his career as a director of high-minded horror films, David Cronenberg has focused on the linkage between..."

Sept. 30, 2005 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

They See Dead People, Too
The story of a young blind woman who undergoes a corneal transplant and begins to see visions of the dead, The Eye may sound familiar to fans of The Sixth Sense, but the Pangs' film is a far more creepy affair than M. Night Shyamalan's crowd-pleaser.
"...finally begin catching up on all the import Asian horror films that Pedazo Chunk video specializes in, something I'd..."

June 27, 2003 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Slender Man
Creepypasta's most iconic creature hits the big screen
"...Slender Man. The defining monster of the online story-swapping horror phenomenon Creepypasta, he's the child-snatching shadow in the corner,..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Things That Go Bump
Ghosts, nightmares, and flashlights in this horror roundup
"...of the miserable weather to look through some recent horror releases...."

May 16, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Devil Inside
A woman tries to determine whether her incarcerated mother is criminally insane or demonically possessed.
"...like this one. It's not just a dull, witless, horror film, it's also an incredibly lazy one, the kind..."

Jan. 13, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Slither
Writer-director James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl, and is one heck of a writer to boot.
"...Henry and Tanya Saulnier. James Gunn knows what makes horror fans howl – both in delighted repulsion and, just..."

April 7, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

A Tale of Two Sisters
Dread and mystery are the hallmarks of this South Korean psychological thriller.
"...South Korean psychological thriller than in all the American horror films of the past 10 years. Let’s face it,..."

March 11, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Curse of La Llorona
Latest Conjuring spin-off is a pale imitation of James Wan's original
"...other genre that pushes producers over directors more than horror?..."

April 19, 2019 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

Escape Room
Six actors in search of an exit
"...months go, January is not particularly kind to studio horror films. Insidious: The Last Key underwhelmed in 2018, as..."

Jan. 11, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Ghost Stories
Three very British tales of terror.
"...It seems like every time two or three horror anthology films are released within the same year, it..."

May 4, 2018 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

Tragedy Girls
Serial killer high-school girls in the social media age
"...Stealing two X-Men franchise players, director Tyler MacIntyre’s horror-comedy isn’t afraid to sharpen knives or nails. McKayla (Shipp,..."

Oct. 27, 2017 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

No Escape From Island Zero
Rizzolli & Isles creator on her creature feature
"...Orbiter program tonight with a little taste of aquatic horror, as it moors up at Island Zero. But the..."

Sept. 20, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: The Hallow
There’s something evil in the woods
"...deep, but they are far from lovely. In Irish horror The Hallow, they are the wild places, the ancient..."

April 9, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The House of the Devil
This retro horror film is the freakiest and most unnerving shocker in theatres this season.
"...if it's half as good as the slow-burning Eighties horror homage that The House of the Devil is, then..."

Oct. 30, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Pulse
The ghost is literally in the machine in this prototypical Japanese horror film that works primarily with dread and inexplicable phenomena rather than blood and guts.
"...has literally gotten into the machine in this Japanese horror film that works primarily with dread and inexplicable phenomena..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dagon
This H.P. Lovecraft-inspired fish story is so extreme that it borders on camp.
"...and remains to this day a touchstone of modern horror filmmaking for its adroit blend of grotesque imagery and..."

June 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Final Destination
"...veteran X-Files writers, this flawed but often entertaining teen horror flick dishes out more of the long-running show's patented..."

March 24, 2000 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Scream
"...is the kind of psychological slasher film for which horror fans have been waiting years. The stalk 'n' slash..."

Dec. 20, 1996 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Prodigy
Childhood possession horror leaves us in two minds
"...a case for a career as a Radha Mitchell-esque horror icon) gives birth to Miles (Scott), the baby she..."

Feb. 8, 2019 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

The Void
A gory serving of cosmic horror
"...hovering above used-car dealerships. The moment hits a half-dozen horror pleasure centers all at once, and it’s just one..."

April 14, 2017 Movie Review by Dan Gentile

DVDanger: Here Be Monsters
Back in the home-release stack after SXSW
"...When it comes to horror in Austin in March, all eyes are on the..."

April 4, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

DVD Watch: 'Night of the Demons' / 'Witchboard'
Director Kevin S. Tenney talks scream queens and classic posters
"...just have been the best piece of creepy ’80s horror art. So good that, according to director Kevin S...."

Feb. 4, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi makes a triumphant return to the "splatstick" horror genre he more or less invented with The Evil Dead and its two sequels.
"...waited patiently for Raimi to return to the "splatstick" horror genre he more or less invented with 1981's Evil..."

May 29, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

One Missed Call
This American horror remake of Takashi Miike's eponymous Japanese original is a dud.
"...remake of Takashi Miike's 2003 foray into technophobic Japanese horror – they're avoiding it in droves, and, judging by..."

Jan. 11, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Thr3e
A Christian psychological horror thriller based on a novel by bestselling Christian author Ted Dekker, Thr3e nevertheless adopts the extreme-horror tactics currently in vogue in movies such as the Saw continuum.
"...Here's a conundrum: How does one make a Christian horror movie? Sure, it's possible to eliminate the drugs, nudity,..."

Jan. 5, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead
Romero has again crafted a character-driven horror film that doubles as a metaphor for the economic disparity in America and, to a lesser degree, the war on terror.
"...of grim melancholy to it. The iconography of Romero’s worldview-cum-horror show has come a long way in the 37..."

June 24, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

One Missed Call
Takashi Miike's latest is a disappointing, second-rate Japanese horror film.
"...swerves into the already crowded arena of the Japanese horror film. It’s difficult to discern exactly if Miike is..."

April 22, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Resident Evil
"...she squared off against god only knows what awful horror from the pit. Whew. This isn't a movie any..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

American Nightmare
A new documentary on IFC examines seminal horror films of the Sixties and Seventies and persuasively argues that the images and ideology of these groundbreaking films were influenced by the mood of the times.
"...that produced this focused documentary study of the American horror film. It continues to screen on the IFC through..."

Oct. 27, 2000 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

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