Exploring the Horror of Dystopian Drugs in ‘A Scanner Darkly’

It’s generally understood that science fiction stories say more about the moment in which they were written than the future that they dare to imagine. That’s why it doesn’t matter that we’re long past the original setting of futuristic classics like Blade Runner or even Back to the Future Part II, as these stories remain […]

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11 Years Later: The Horrific Cycles of Violence in ‘Only God Forgives’ Starring Ryan Gosling

Traditionally, movie theater walkouts are usually associated with the horror genre, with infamous cases ranging from 1973’s The Exorcist (particularly during the crucifix masturbation scene) and even Lars Von Trier’s controversial serial killer memoir, The House That Jack Built. That being said, there are exceptions to this rule, as some movies manage to terrorize audiences […]

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Was ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ Really That Bad?

Younger comic-book fans might be surprised to learn that there was once a time when Marvel Comics was on its last legs and willing to do anything to keep the company afloat. Before underdog blockbusters like the X-Men and Blade films put Marvel heroes back on the map, they were desperately trying to experiment with […]

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Looking Back on the Horrors of Simulation in ‘The Thirteenth Floor’

There’s an infamous anecdote about a scientist who was presenting a lecture on how earth and other celestial bodies orbit around larger bodies. When he finished the lecture, an old lady supposedly stood up and claimed that the scientist was wrong because the world wasn’t floating in outer space but was in fact supported on […]

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‘The Butterfly Effect’ 20 Years Later: Exploring the Dark Side of Time Travel

From the infamous grandfather paradox to accidentally creating a timeline where Ned Flanders rules the world, there’s an element of existential horror to every single time travel story. However, it seems that most filmmakers prefer to focus on the exciting adventure aspects of these mind-bending yarns, as very few films choose to explore the terrifying […]

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‘Insomnia’ – Investigating the Hard-Boiled Thrills of Christopher Nolan’s Most Underrated Movie

Detective thrillers have always had one foot in the horror genre, often starring morally complex investigators forced to confront the nastiest facets of the human condition while hunting down rogue killers. Naturally, these hard-boiled yarns are as common as they are popular, and it takes a special kind of storyteller to extract a meaningful experience […]

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Uncomfortable Cinema: Finding Awkward Terror in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

If there’s one director whose entire filmography is consistently horror-adjacent, it would have to be Yorgos Lanthimos. The Athenian filmmaker is mostly known for his absurdist dramas, but nearly all of his movies feature some form of horrific undercurrent beneath the offbeat dialogue and odd characters. And while his 2023 feature Poor Things wears its […]

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Diving into the Banality of Evil in David Fincher’s ‘The Killer’

After decades of witnessing cinematic homicide, it’s easy to get desensitized to murder on the big screen – and I’m not just talking about the horror genre. From heroic secret agents who don’t mind getting their hands dirty to hitmen with hearts of gold, we’ve come to accept that main characters will usually come out […]

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‘Nightcrawler’ – Revisiting Jake Gyllenhaal’s Career-Best Performance

There’s a notion in popular culture that all sociopaths are serial-killing outsiders, but research has shown that most of the empathy-impaired are actually quite capable of blending into civilized society, though they usually gravitate towards certain lines of work that afford them little accountability and plenty of power. This makes a lot of sense when […]

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Looking Back on the Surreal Thrills of ‘Metallica: Through the Never’ 10 Years Later

From Robert Johnson’s alleged deal with the devil to Alice Cooper’s monster-filled performances, rock ‘n roll has always had a foot in the horror genre. Hell, even the world’s most successful metal band has some horror-inspired hits up its sleeves, with eerie songs like The Call of Ktulu and The Thing That Should Not Be […]

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Appreciating the Darkness of Don Bluth’s ‘The Secret of NIMH’

There’s a common misconception that art directed towards children is automatically less dignified than art aimed at other demographics. And with so many people mistakenly believing that animation is exclusively meant to entertain kids, it makes sense that audiences and critics often dismiss animated films as if it were impossible for them to contain anything […]

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‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’ – The Unexpected Psychological Horror of a Bold Franchise Sequel

These days, most audiences are aware that the law of diminishing returns also applies to movie franchises. That’s why numbered sequels are usually frowned upon when it comes to new releases in established IPs, with producers preferring it when moviegoers forget exactly how many of these rehashed films they’ve seen before. And as a series […]

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‘Reign of Fire’ – Underrated Monster Movie Pit McConaughey and Bale Up Against Dragons

From fire-breathing beasts to benevolent nature spirits, dragons are present in the myths of nearly every single culture. And while popular media has mostly defaulted to traditional western fantasy drakes instead of exploring the extensive mythology behind East Asian and even Central American dragons, it makes sense that there’s an overabundance of stories featuring these […]

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A B-Movie Beowulf on Steroids: Revisiting the Sci-fi Monster Movie ‘Outlander’

Monster stories are about as old as storytelling itself, with every primitive society coming up with their own unique spin on man-eating creatures. That’s why it makes sense that writers and filmmakers are still providing us with fresh twists on these ancient tales well into the 21st century, though some of these updates are more […]

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‘Project Almanac’ Was ‘Back to the Future’ for the Found Footage Era

From absurd dashcam footage to amusing cat videos, it’s pretty safe to assume that the vast majority of real-world recordings are completely banal in nature – so why is it that Found Footage movies are almost exclusively associated with the horror genre? If you really think about it, we should have seen major Found Footage […]

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