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The Night of the Hunter (REVIEW)

During the Great Depression a desperate man murders two people and steals $10,000 from a bank so he can take care of his children. He hides the money where only his kids can find it, and then is executed later in prison. While he is awaiting his hanging he's forced to bunk with a deranged preacher who sees the man’s hidden money as an opportunity for himself.

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: JIM ISAAC

Jim Isaac began his career in film the same way that many horror filmmakers do, by working in the world of effects. Like Robert Kurtzman and Chris Walas (with whom Isaac would later work on “The Fly”), other effects gurus who made the move up to director, Jim Isaac began as a creature technician in films such as “Return of the Jedi” and “Gremlins”.

"The Slasher Movie Book": Interviewing Author J.A. Kerswell

J.A. Kerswell is the author and creator of "The Slasher Movie Book"; a glorified history anthology focused on the slasher sub-genre. The book includes a detailed and comprehensive timeline for the slasher genre and its global releases. Not only are there descriptions for each movie and time period, Kerswell includes theatrical posters and B-movie images. I have to say personally that I love my copy and hold it as a totem to horror! Fans of the slasher genre will get a kick out of what it teaches.

Orphan Killer (REVIEW)

Orphan Killer

There are a lot of low-budget horror movies that are light on plot and character development, but few take it to such extremes as 2011’s “Orphan Killer.” This movie doesn’t let silly little things like story get in its way. There’s just a masked killer, some dark corridors, and a hot chick on the run. More than anything, it’s a throwback to early eighties slasher movies with a little “Saw” thrown in for good measure.

Cold Prey II (Fritt vilt II) (REVIEW)

I'm always happy to see foreign movies at the local video rental place because it usually means a theatrical quality movie and it often means the best of what that particular country in question has to offer the horror world. "Cold Prey II" is a well-made Norwegian slasher movie, and a more than serviceable sequel to the original film, where a group of young vacationers stumble upon a serial killer while snowboarding, and fight the killer down to the last girl.

Maniac (remake) (REVIEW)

“Maniac,”starring Elijah Wood as the maniac killer, is a remake of a 1980 slasher of the same name, and while the recent trend of pointless and half-assed remakes has turned many horror fans off of remakes altogether, I think this is the kind of movie that shows exactly the type of potential that remakes have by showcasing a level of care and craftsmanship that is rare for a horror film, let alone a horror film remake.

Opera (REVIEW)

Dario Argento's "Opera" tells the story of a young budding opera starlet who is being stalked by a killer that likes to tie her up and force her to watch him kill people by taping needles under her eyelids. The movie starts out with Betty, the young opera singer, landing her first big role as a lead in "Hamlet." The killer immediately begins to stalk her and murders a stagehand during her first performance, causing the crew to lament that the play is cursed, as they believe productions of "Hamlet" often are.

Retro Trailer: "The Initiation" (1984)

Daphne Zuniga (of Melrose Place fame) stars as Kelly Fairchild, a college co-ed who is currently pledging a sorority at her local college. The annual initiation prank requires Kelly and 3 other pledges to break into the local mall after hours to steal the security guard's uniform. As the Slasher God's would have it, a killer is on the loose! Mix in scenes from Kelly's recurring childhood nightmare, a mental asylum and a student/professor relationship and you get the perfect recipe for a slightly better than average slasher flick.

Dream Home (REVIEW)

Josie Ho in Dream Home

Among the most unsettling horror films are those that stare deeply into the eyes of a psychopath in an attempt to convey the darkness inside. Films like "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer" or even "The Silence of the Lambs" have taken this concept to its pinnacle, while the 2010 Hong Kong psuedo-slasher "Dream Home" marks a fresh and interesting new entry to this canon.

Netflix Instant Watch: "Babysitter Wanted" (2008)

It's rare to find streaming horror movies that rate above 1 or 2 stars on the good ol' Netflix Instant Watch, but the 2008 slasher, "Babysitter Wanted" rates in at a whopping 3 stars! If that's not enough to hook you, it also stars horror vet Bill Moseley, so there's that... The film, which starts off as a typical cliched slasher flick, takes a surprise twist around the middle which actually makes for a dark, yet highly enjoyable, straight to DVD gem. The basic plot: a college teen is targeted by a scar covered serial killer while babysitting at a remote farmhouse.

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