Jump scares are a staple—and one of the most divisive elements—of modern horror movies. Some people are too susceptible to them, while others find them gimmicky. To people in the former camp: does the above gif scare you in any way? The answer is almost certainly no.
Many horror remakes are doomed by their redundancy (ahem, Cabin Fever) or the fact that they seem like obvious cash grabs, like anything made after 1995 with the words “Texas,” “chainsaw,” and “massacre” in the title. Not so See No Evil, which would remake an excellent 1971 film that’s hardly overexposed.
As an obsessive Wes Craven fan, I thought I knew everything about A Nightmare on Elm Street, but I was wrong—very wrong. Because according to a long lost deleted scene, the Elm Street kids who seemed to be getting randomly attacked by Freddy Kreuger weren’t random at all.
Hammer Film Productions’ heyday spanned the 1950s through the 1970s, with gloriously gothic takes on classic monster stories that starred Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and other British stars of the day. Here’s our take on the studio’s best and worst ... though even “bad” Hammer films do have their cheesy merits.
In celebration of Halloween, we took a shallow dive into the horror subgenre of evil-child horror movies. Weird-kid cinema stretches back at least to 1956’s The Bad Seed, and has experienced a resurgence recently via movies like The Babadook, Goodnight Mommy, and Cooties. You could look at this trend as a natural…
I’ve become obsessed with the movies that US presidents watched while they were in office. So much so that I recently compiled my own list of all the movies Jimmy Carter watched in the White House. [Update: Here’s Clinton’s list.] And now I’ve pored over Nixon’s complete list, compiled by author Mark Feeney. Nixon…
A bold statement. But a true one. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is the best Friday the 13th film, and I say that as a diehard fan of Betsy “Mrs. Voorhees” Palmer. Here are all the reasons why part four is number one.
The Final Girls is a slasher movie, a slasher-movie parody, a horror comedy, and a drama about coming to terms with regrets. Though it’s not especially scary in itself, The Final Girls is the smartest movie about scary movies since Cabin in the Woods.
Creepy horror anthology film Tales of Halloween contains segments directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Lynn Bousman (the Saw series), and Lucky McKee (May), among others—including newcomer Paul Solet, whose segment “The Weak and the Wicked” yielded these creepy demon sketches.
Tucked into the woods near Hillsborough, North Carolina is a house that might look like a quaint Victorian to most. Horror fans will instantly recognize it, though: it’s a mind-blowingly exact replica of one of the genre’s most infamous dwellings: home base for Halloween boogeyman Michael Myers.
Let’s say you’ve considered watching a horror movie before but didn’t know where to start. Let’s say the month of October has you horror curious. Let’s say I’ve compiled a list to guide you through several decades of nightmares.
With The Green Inferno—the first of two new Eli Roth movies that will be released in the next two weeks—Eli Roth attempts the virtual impossible: making a modern cannibal movie. The Green Inferno is a throwback to the small but notorious cannibal subgenre of Italian horror movies that were made mostly during the late…
One of the biggest stories about horror cinema in 2015 is actually the story of a trailer: When the American preview for the Austrian film Goodnight Mommy dropped in late July, it immediately went viral inspiring a rash of reaction videos and copy deeming it the “scariest trailer of all time.” (At this point, the view…
Television shows inspired by horror movies are nothing new; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ended in 2003, is one of the genre’s most successful examples. But there’s a trend afoot, with the likes of Scream, Damien, and Ash vs. Evil Dead hitting the airwaves (and Hannibal having just left).
People go to horror movie sequels for many reasons—genuine interest, idle curiosity, tradition, blind optimism—but they almost never go to be scared. Horror movie sequels don’t just negate the point of the previous movie, the negate the point of their entire genre. They can’t help being increasingly less scary than…
The story of Up works well because it's heartwarming to see an odd couple go on an adventure together in a flying house and run into squirrel addicted dogs. This alternate horror story version of Up also works because it's easy to imagine Carl Fredericksen as an evil monster who takes Russell as his prisoner.
Attention, fellow sickos! Here's an excellent reason to break out that VCR you still have lurking by the TV: Cult Movie Mania and Grindhouse Releasing are joining forces to release VHS versions of Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, and other gory classics.
"It's a bad time, this time of year" ... especially if you live in Valentine Bluffs, setting for 1981 seasonal classic My Bloody Valentine. Come for the freaky miners, marvel at the gore, and stay for the excellent end-credits music.
When A Nightmare on Elm Street hit theaters in 1984, it was hailed as a legitimately scary movie. But as the series added sequel after sequel, Freddy Krueger began to lose his potency, transforming from boogeyman to wisecracking buffoon. When, exactly, did that happen? Here's the exact instant when Freddy pivoted.
The monster in a horror movie is scary, sure. But an eerie setting is just as important. Fortunately just about anywhere can be freaky as hell when you're alone in the dark, but some places get more horror movie love than others. And this great map by the folks at Esri shows you the horrible hotspots.