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Among horror fans and critics alike, there has been some disagreement as to whether Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn is a sequel to or remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult classic The Evil Dead. The reason being that this satirical film seems to skirt the edges of both categories, never quite landing fully in either. Bruce Campbell returns as hero Ashley ‘Ash’ Williams, and this time around he’s fully embracing his schmaltzy charm from word go. The first act serves to retell the events from the first film, distilling them into a bite-sized morsel.

Put on your best tux, slap on some googly eyes and take a ride with me as we check out a surprisingly playable NES game based on the 1991 film "The Adams Family".

At this point it seems a bit unnecessary to lavish praise upon John Carpenter. He's directed so many seminal works (and, given, a few clunkers) that even the most cynical viewers would be hard pressed to diminish his contribution to the world of film. Assault on Precinct 13 is his first film, and generally gets passed over in discussion in favor of his better known films, but his ability to make a low budget film into something more is already evident here.

Remaking horror classics in the past decade has been a business all its own. The subversive form was to take an aged piece of horrific celluloid and freshen it up with a hip cast and darker approach to the mythos. Of course, not all of the remake attempts have been home runs. Typically the idea of “reimagining” an original concept turns out to just be a gender swap of characters or tweaks to the same outcomes as before. While these decisions do not ruin the film, they ultimately leave a giant stamp across the screen stating: unnecessary.

“Body Horror” is often discussed as a distinct type or subgenre of Horror proper. The term implies an object that takes for its focus explicit representations of a body’s fragility or its mutability. “Body Horror” is used to describeTusk. It describes the Human Centipede franchise. It describes Cronenberg, Carpenter, or any other number of horror auteurs working in the plastic 80s when practical effects were king. It’s Society. It’s The Stuff. It’s Slither!

Michael is back at it again, and this time he wants revenge; though for what is unclear. Much like the transition between Halloween and Halloween 2, the fifth installment picks up just where the movie before it left off. The police all train their weapons on Michael and he falls down an abandoned mineshaft—presumed dead. Anyone who has seen a Halloween movie, however, knows that is certainly not the case.

As with every month, our beloved Netflix Instant Watch has movies coming and going. Unlike some other sites, we here at Bloody Good Horror however, have decided to sift through the chaff and let you know specifically what horror flicks you'll need to get on top of before they disappear here at the end of May and throughout June. This isn't necessarily a list of recommendations, but rather just a list of what's going away. The choice to watch them? That's all on you.

SIx years we've been waiting for Oren Peli's follow-up to Paranormal Activity.  Six years of anticipation and speculation spent wondering Area 51 would ever see the light of day. In that time Peli has been ‘fine tuning’ his found-footage alien flick, making it the best movie it could possibly be. And what a disaster that movie must have been from the beginning. The mind now boggles as to why the footage in Area 51 wasn’t just filed away forever.

If you own a television or even if you keep your perusing to the internet, you probably have heard of Ryan Murphy. From his fetish medical drama Nip/Tuck to the constantly quoted American Horror Story and Glee (for the non-horror fans), Murphy seems to have the ideas to entertain; whether or not those ideas are successful is another argument.

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in "Only Lovers Left Alive"

Only Lovers Left Alive didn’t need to be a vampire movie, or even a horror film at all. It’s very easy to imagine removing every reference to vampirism altogether: you’d still have a coherent story about jaded, middle aged addicts who struggle to identify with a world they hardly recognize as the human race pollutes and consumes itself into oblivion.

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