‘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 […]

The post ‘Insomnia’ – Investigating the Hard-Boiled Thrills of Christopher Nolan’s Most Underrated Movie appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


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 […]

The post Uncomfortable Cinema: Finding Awkward Terror in ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


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 […]

The post Diving into the Banality of Evil in David Fincher’s ‘The Killer’ appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘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 […]

The post ‘Nightcrawler’ – Revisiting Jake Gyllenhaal’s Career-Best Performance appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


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 […]

The post Looking Back on the Surreal Thrills of ‘Metallica: Through the Never’ 10 Years Later appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


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 […]

The post Appreciating the Darkness of Don Bluth’s ‘The Secret of NIMH’ appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘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 […]

The post ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning’ – The Unexpected Psychological Horror of a Bold Franchise Sequel appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘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 […]

The post ‘Reign of Fire’ – Underrated Monster Movie Pit McConaughey and Bale Up Against Dragons appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


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 […]

The post A B-Movie Beowulf on Steroids: Revisiting the Sci-fi Monster Movie ‘Outlander’ appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘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 […]

The post ‘Project Almanac’ Was ‘Back to the Future’ for the Found Footage Era appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘9’ – Revisiting the Stitchpunk Horrors of 2009’s Animated Movie

For the longest time, animation has been hindered by a misguided notion that animated movies are meant for kids. Sure, there have always been popular outliers like the infamous Fritz the Cat and 1981’s Heavy Metal, but it was only recently that animation began to be legitimized by the industry at large (even if that’s […]

The post ‘9’ – Revisiting the Stitchpunk Horrors of 2009’s Animated Movie appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘Upgrade’: Finding the Horror in Leigh Whannell’s Violent Action Movie

I always find it fascinating when horror artists tackle other genres. From John Carpenter adding demonic monsters to his kung-fu comedy to Sam Raimi inserting jump-scares in super-hero flicks, you can almost always find a hint of the filmmakers’ previous work even in these non-scary projects. 2018’s sci-fi/action flick Upgrade is no exception, offering up […]

The post ‘Upgrade’: Finding the Horror in Leigh Whannell’s Violent Action Movie appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘Unleashed’ – The Neo-Exploitation of the 2005 Martial Arts Thriller Starring Jet Li

While you probably couldn’t tell from his last couple of movies, French director Luc Besson was once a cinematic force to be reckoned with. I mean, the guy managed to get unusual films off the ground on name recognition alone, even when he wasn’t directing them. One of my personal favorites of his strange little […]

The post ‘Unleashed’ – The Neo-Exploitation of the 2005 Martial Arts Thriller Starring Jet Li appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


Making John Wick Blush: Appreciating the First-Person Ultraviolence of ‘Hardcore Henry’

First-person storytelling has existed since the very dawn of cinema, but it’s only with the rise of video games that it became commonplace. Sure, there were first-person thrillers before the digital age, such as 1947’s Lady in the Lake, but the visceral thrills of looking through someone else’s eyes are much easier to accomplish when […]

The post Making John Wick Blush: Appreciating the First-Person Ultraviolence of ‘Hardcore Henry’ appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading


‘Six-String Samurai’ – The Glorious Madness of a “Dadpocalypse” Epic You Maybe Haven’t Seen

I think part of the reason why we’re so fascinated with post-apocalyptic narratives is the idea that, once civilization crumbles, anything becomes possible. That’s why it’s strange that there are so many post-apocalyptic stories specifically about a jaded curmudgeon being forced to traverse a dangerous wasteland while caring for a child. From Cormac McCarthy’s The […]

The post ‘Six-String Samurai’ – The Glorious Madness of a “Dadpocalypse” Epic You Maybe Haven’t Seen appeared first on Bloody Disgusting!.

Continue reading