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These Horror Movies Will Soon Be Leaving Netflix - May 2015

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.

“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.

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.

In recent years, culture critics and laymen alike have lamented the rash or remakes and sequels hitting theaters, but this is not a new phenomenon at all. Remakes have long been a part of Hollywood, just as stories have been told and retold throughout history. When handled appropriately, remakes can put an interesting new twist on a story that audiences know and love, while drawing in those who are unfamiliar with the source material at the same time.

Those sunny chaps over at Head Trauma Productions have premiered their latest short film, Pity. Coming off the wicked and nuanced feature Dead Weight director and writer John Pata's film earned Best Noir Short at the PollyGrind Film Festival and multiple nominations from the Diabolique International Film Festival, FilmQuest, and the New Orleans Horror Film Festival.

Whether they are pristine and beautiful porcelain or huggable and interactive, dolls are innately unnerving. Their blank, death eyes boring holes through our thin veneer of confidence. Basically, all dolls are evil; I’m pretty sure most any one I know has debated whether or not the household doll is creeping around behind our backs.

The third iteration of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise attempted to give it's lead slasher a standalone film in the same vain as Freddy, Jason and Michael. When that ideas success fell through, it seemed that approaching the other popular slasher trope of the 90's was its best bet. Explaining the origins of a killer or what drives them to kill was the cap to the major franchises during the mid to late 90's and in 1994 Leatherface was given the same treatment.

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