Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street came about at a serendipitous time in the horror genre. The slasher boom of the late '70s and early '80s was in the ebbing phase of its lifespan, devolving into a sea of pale imitations and diluted formulas that stripped the genre of its visceral power. Gore, guts, … Continue reading Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

One of the beautiful things about re-watching movies is the opportunity for new discovery. Re-evaluation is integral to cinema because art should be an ongoing discussion. You could be watching a film you've seen a thousand times and suddenly the lightbulb pops on - there's a new element you caught that you never thought about … Continue reading On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

It's spooky season, so it's time to dust off the keyboard, crack the knuckles, and limber up my brain to talk about a little dandy for you. Shudder has served up a delicious little treat to keep you clutching your blanket on a dark, gloomy night with the horror anthology film, The Mortuary Collection. But … Continue reading Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

This is it....the moment we've all been waiting for! The cream of the scream! The (dream) master of disaster! The baron of burn! My 100th post on this blog and the culmination of a months long project all coincide for one momentous occasion. I hope you're all wearing your fedoras, razor gloves, and Christmas sweaters, … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!

On Monday I promised you two kills for my penultimate post on this list and, dammit, you're getting two kills! But first, I have to admit something: this is becoming increasingly bittersweet. On the one hand I'm thrilled and excited to write about these entries at the top of the list; scenes that have awed … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #3 – HELLRAISER (1987)

Guys, I fucked up. Today I was writing this post and I inadvertently referenced a film that COMPLETELY SLIPPED MY FREAKING MIND! Dear God, you all deserve better than this. To make up for it, I'll be doing a #2A and #2B on Thursday. Thankfully, the scene I forgot was one I intended to rank … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #3 – HELLRAISER (1987)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #4 – THE THING (1982)

Now that we're down to the final four, things are getting tough. I've oscillated between two scenes for this spot for the better part of two weeks, and I'm sure once I hit "publish" I'll second-guess myself once again. But we're in the final weeks here and no pick is a bad pick. So, without … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #4 – THE THING (1982)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #5 – ZOMBIE (1979)

We've entered the Top 5! Repeat! Top 5, I am inside you! Whoops, didn't mean it that way (or did I? *ha-wink*) On an editorial side note, it occurred to me right around entry #10 that this countdown will conclude with my 100th post on this blog, which is totally cool and totally unplanned. It's … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #5 – ZOMBIE (1979)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #6 – PSYCHO (1960)

We're on the literal cusp of the top 5, ladies and gentlemen, and I have to say this has been pretty fun. Going into this project I basically knew which kills were going to be solidified in my top 5, but everything else was a crap-shoot. I made some additions I wasn't expecting, and I … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #6 – PSYCHO (1960)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #7 – SINISTER (2012)

Here I go again, breaking my own rules. Just as I did with Friday the 13th, I'm choosing two kills for this entry. However, this go-round the decision was not made based on the volume of films or kills, but rather on the style of the kill and the effectiveness of the scares they create. … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #7 – SINISTER (2012)