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Review: ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Brings a Shallow Sanderson Sister Story Back to Salem

The long-awaited sequel rarely results in a masterpiece. Even so, the ability to see our favorite characters on screen can be quite the draw. Hollywood's latest trend has led to a spike in cult favorites returning to the silver screen. In the last couple of years, we've seen the Bill and Ted, Clerks, and Saw … Continue reading Review: ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Brings a Shallow Sanderson Sister Story Back to Salem

31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ Breaks the Mold for Meta-Horror

It's easy to become cynical to the point of mocking. Yet holding work in such high esteem that the reverence becomes unabashedly sincere can create similar feelings. However, it is never difficult to tell the difference between someone who loves an idea or image versus someone who simply cashes in on the concept to make … Continue reading 31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon’ Breaks the Mold for Meta-Horror

31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter’ Remains The Grand-Daddy of the Slashers

Few characters feel as necessary to a genre as Jason Voorhees. The iconic serial killing monster has been in many frustrating and sometimes bad films. Yet few would accuse Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter as being one of those films. A seeming swan song for the boy lost in the woods, The … Continue reading 31 Horror Days of Halloween – ‘Friday the 13th – Part IV: The Final Chapter’ Remains The Grand-Daddy of the Slashers

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Vesper’ Among the Best Indie Sci-Fi Features of the Decade

While many imagine futuristic worlds require expensive sets and massive special effects, there's been a long thriving indie sci-fi industry. Stripping down on the spectacle allows most directors to focus on the character and complex world-building. For Vesper, which recently played Fantastic Fest 2022 before releasing in theaters and VOD this week, these ideas burst … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Vesper’ Among the Best Indie Sci-Fi Features of the Decade

Streaming At Home Review – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Arrives on Disney+

In many cultures, the idea of wanting more for yourself is valorized. We want more money, more success, and more awards. Some of us simply want to tell our own stories to differentiate ourselves. In the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the want for more has resulted in something of a problem. The film … Continue reading Streaming At Home Review – ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Arrives on Disney+

Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

To say that Marilyn Monroe remains one of our most controversial celebrities would be an understatement. One of the truly American symbols of glitz and glam, Monroe's tragic life was cut short after a drug overdose. Depending on who you ask, there was more to the story and death of the starlet. The questions surrounding … Continue reading Review: ‘Blonde’ Torches The Effigy of Marilyn Monroe Without Providing Any Depth to Its ‘Ideas’

Review: ‘The Munsters’ Takes a Big Swing, But Misses The Mark

Every director wants to return to their childhood. However, sometimes a trip down nostalgia lane ignores the context of an event when it found a space in pop culture. In the case of The Munsters, a 2022 reboot of the famed TV Series, director Rob Zombie paints with a new brush. Zombie drops his trademark … Continue reading Review: ‘The Munsters’ Takes a Big Swing, But Misses The Mark

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

What was once seen as a subversion within the horror community has become one of its strongest aspects. During the 1980s, many films within the genre were outwardly homophobic or transphobic. For decades this continued to be the case, but in 2022, queer-coded characters have become a staple of the genre. In the case of … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Swallowed’ Highlights Queer Body Horror

Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Riddled in behind-the-scenes controversies and news-grabbing headlines and serving as her sophomore follow-up to the well-received Booksmart, Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling was one of the hotly anticipated movies of the year. With a stacked cast, solid director, and the (unfulfilled) promise of a timely thriller with something to say, there was a lot to be excited for. However, … Continue reading Review: ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Struggles With Its Uninspired Story

Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece

The exploration of how art influences the artist often seems to be a fruitful endeavor. After all, we do not wake up one morning and decide to create out of thin air. An idea permeates our mind, our soul, and our emotions. It burrows its way into our minds until there is no way forward … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2022: ‘Lynch/Oz’ Contextualizes the Master and the Masterpiece