‘Frighten Barbara to Death’ – A Classic Filipino Ghost Story [Horrors Elsewhere]

The antagonistic ghost of Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (Frighten Barbara to Death) refuses to go in peace. In this 1995 remake of the 1974 cult classic Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara, the title character returns to her ancestral home to pay her respects and find closure. Yet Barbara’s late sister Ruth isn’t so […]

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Freaks and Geeks: ‘Wolf Girl’ Asks What It Means to Be Human [Horrors Elsewhere]

Tara Talbot (Victoria Sanchez) draws a crowd wherever she goes in Wolf Girl. Everyone’s jaws naturally slacken whenever she walks into a room. And for her entire life, Tara has been okay with others’ stares and gasps — after all, people pay good money to see the infamous “Wolf Girl” in Harley Dune’s traveling freak-show. […]

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Slasher Series ‘Cold Prey’ is Norway’s Answer to ‘Halloween’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

The characters in the Norwegian slasher franchise Cold Prey (or Fritt Vilt, meaning “fair game”) may be accustomed to harsh and wintry climates, but they’re not prepared for a pickaxe-wielding killer with almost superhuman stamina. The first stab in this successful trilogy made its way into theaters in 2006, on a Friday the 13th, no […]

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Korean Ghost Story ‘Arang’ Puts a Supernatural Twist on the Police Procedural [Horrors Elsewhere]

The success of The Ring inspired Japan’s nearest neighbors to tell their own ghost stories, and South Korea certainly didn’t waste the opportunity in the mid-2000s. During this heyday of “K-Horror,” there was a burst of spectral yarns centered around cursed objects, haunted technology, and most of all, revenge. Homemade folklore often played a role […]

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German Slasher ‘Flashback’ Delivered Fun Teen Horror in the Wake of ‘Scream’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

While the teen slasher is primarily an American invention, that small fact has never stopped other cultures from trying the popular horror subgenre on for size. And like the rest of the world at the time, Germany saw an obvious opportunity after Scream renewed interest in the hottest horror trend of yesteryear. Hiding among the […]

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Swedish Horror ‘Månguden’ Is a Smörgåsbord of Slasher, Giallo and Found Footage Elements [Horrors Elsewhere]

Scandinavian countries are statistically some of the safest places to live in the world, but their TV shows say the opposite. This European subregion’s penchant for dark and dreary crime stories first began in books before moving off the page, and since then, television has become the biggest source of what’s now referred to as […]

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A Beast in the Streets: Dutch Movie ‘Prey’ Unleashes a Killer Lion on Amsterdam [Horrors Elsewhere]

After terrorizing the Dutch with a living elevator, a canal-dwelling slasher, and an evil Sinterklaas, rebellious filmmaker Dick Maas returned with a more natural kind of killer. The people of Amsterdam are not under attack by a mere animal; a displaced predator is on the prowl. The blood trail of Prooi (Prey) starts outside the […]

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The Harsh Realty of Hong Kong Slasher ‘Dream Home’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

Dashed hopes lead to a kind of desperation without equal in Pang Ho-cheung’s movie Dream Home. This unmatched story satirizes Hong Kong’s housing bubble as well as imagines the undue sacrifices of one potential homebuyer. Not only does this character reject the red tape and systems standing in the way of her goal, she does […]

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New Zealand Gothic Horror ‘Jack Be Nimble’ Spins a Dark Fairytale [Horrors Elsewhere]

New Zealand does not make a lot of horror movies when compared to other parts of the world, however this shortage stems from sheer infrequency rather than inability. The island country’s sparse contributions to the genre, from Braindead to What We Do in the Shadows, have largely proven to be as great as they are […]

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Irish Horror ‘Isolation’ Terrifies ‘Til the Cows Come Home [Horrors Elsewhere]

Cows are considered to be the perfect livestock. Not only do they provide food like milk and beef, their byproducts yield everyday goods, including leather, ointments, soap, and toilet paper. Yet as much as cows do for humans, there is always someone who thinks they can do more. Synthetic hormones and gene-editing are common practices […]

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‘Godzilla vs. Hedorah’ Is a Creative High Point for the Franchise [Horrors Elsewhere]

After coming up against Mothra, Ghidorah and King Kong, Godzilla was primed and ready to take on the most challenging enemy in his career so far — pollution. The last stretch of Godzilla’s Shōwa period kicked off with an environmentally conscious entry in the spirit of the 1954 film. And, as to be expected from […]

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‘Long Weekend’: The Unearthly Nature of an Ozploitation Classic [Horrors Elsewhere]

Despite its reputation for deadly animals, Australia has few films about fatal fauna. The most obviously dangerous creatures in the Land Down Under — salties, razorbacks, great whites — have all been villainized on screen; some of them multiple times. However, Everett De Roche looked at Australia’s more unsuspecting creatures as he wrote an “environmental […]

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‘Chaw’: South Korean Eco-Horror Goes Hog Wild [Horrors Elsewhere]

Years before feral swine were making the news or going viral on social media, South Korea’s war with boars was foretold in Shin Jung-won’s Chaw (Chawz in the U.S.). This 2009 film, which is as relevant today as it was back then, demonstrates the consequences of man tampering with nature and how nature decidedly bites […]

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‘Gnaw: Food of the Gods II’ Is B-Movie Perfection and Creature Feature Fun [Horrors Elsewhere]

The wrath of rats on film essentially began with 1959’s The Killer Shrews, but more unambiguous depictions first cropped up in the ‘70s. This included Bert I. Gordon’s 1976 adaptation of H. G. Wells’ 1904 book, The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. Food of the Gods was financially successful by […]

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‘Stranger by the Lake’: Cruisers Caught in a Bad Romance in French Erotic Thriller [Horrors Elsewhere]

Desire is the mainspring of the French erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake (L’inconnu du lac). As men from different walks of life converge on the story’s one and only locale, they enter a world removed from reality and time. The sun toasts their bare skin, and the atmosphere frees their inhibitions. The pebbly lakeshore […]

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