We at Jezebel care dearly about sharks and what their representation in media means for their populations, so it was with a vigilant eye that I watched the new movie in which Mandy Moore gets stalked by a gang of great whites. Shockingly, in terms of its built-in assumptions regarding shark behavior, 47 Meters Down…
Recently, we shared a clip from Ken Russell’s The Devils, a racy 1971 horror film that’s finally available for streaming on Shudder after years of obscurity. That got us thinking about other cult movies once deemed so scandalous they were either censored, banned, or taken out of circulation for years.
This is the most obviously amazing horror-object-to-holiday-ornament translation ever: the Phantasm sphere, rendered in festive, accurately gleaming silver. It’ll blend right into your Christmas tree—until you need a weapon on the fly to take down any BOYYYYY who tries to interfere with your nefarious plans.
Roger Corman’s 1966 classic Wild Angels defined the formula for a new genre called the “Biker Flick”, and it opened the floodgates for a deluge of good, bad and downright cringeworthy films that capitalized on the public’s fear of outlaw motorcyclists.
The 1970s produced acclaimed horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, and Halloween. But the decade also unleashed cinematic oddities galore, most of which were low-budget entries that gleefully pushed the boundaries of good taste. You say “cult movie”—we say “essential.”
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.
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.
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.