Synapse Films Nabs “Curtains”

Synapse Films dropped hints on their Facebook page earlier Wednesday that they have obtained the rights for Richard Ciupka’s 1983 Canuck slasher classic Curtains. After receiving several comments, they stated that they are indeed working on a release. Continue reading

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Uncovering The Lost Slasher: Doll Killer (1987)

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I’m the kind of horror fan who goes the extra mile to find something I haven’t seen yet. I love the obscure, the rare and the unreleased. To say I collect horror films would be putting it lightly. More accurately speaking, I stop at NOTHING to get what I’m after. Money, travel and uncertainty can’t stand in the way of this fan. A perfect example is my recent hunt for the 1987 SOV flick “Doll Killer”. Continue reading

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Scalps: The 30th Anniversary Interview

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Last time we presented a retrospective celebrating 30 years of Scalps, a shocking slasher that would differentiate itself from the pack with its Native-American supernatural elements. This time around, we speak to the director himself. Read on as Fred Olen Ray peels away the layers of the 1983 production. Continue reading

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Scalps: The 30th Anniversary Retrospective

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In 1983 a sleazy little slasher film hit screens titled Scalps. It’s the story of a group of college students who set out for the desert in (illegal) search of Indian artifacts. However, they awaken a vengeful Indian spirit who possesses and attacks them one-by-one causing a supernatural, gruesome bloodbath. Continue reading

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Review: Die Sister, Die! (1972)

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With a remake now in pre-production it became necessary to review the original for those not yet acquainted with this elegant masterpiece. Originally intended for late night television, this little gem found wider success at midnight showings, double features and various budget VHS and DVD releases. Continue reading

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Ghosthouse (1988)

I actually have no idea if Ghosthouse is a movie people love or hate (or simply have no opinion of), but if there is a “I liked it a lot” camp somewhere I’ll have to defer to them, if only because this crazy supernatural slasher proves the awesome coolness of ham radios. Continue reading

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My Silent Night Deadly Night Christmas Marathon

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I had a plan. T’was a fine plan – watch Silent Night Deadly Night parts 1-5 over the Christmas holidays. How hard could that be? They even had numbers on them so I wouldn’t lose my way. Except it didn’t exactly go to plan… in fact, it went out the door before I even started. Here’s where I went wrong, but at the same time right. Continue reading

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DVD Review: Death Merchant (1988)

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Joe Spinell cannot die. Yet he has been dead for almost fourteen years. The sweaty, pock-marked Maniac is a beloved figure in retro slasher history, but he did several movies that were essentially variations of the same figure. We’ve been blessed with Spinell popping up every few years in another long lost lumbering, muttering role. Continue reading

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VHS Forever: The Return Of Shot-On-Video Horror

In the mid 80’s when the VHS boom was taking off, SOV horror titles started popping up on the shelves. With the cheaper accessibility to VCR’s came cheaper home camcorders, nearly anyone who “shot” a feature length horror film in the 80’s could have it pieced together and distributed. Continue reading

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Review: Horror House (1969)

Studio tampering is a time (dis)honored tradition in the slasher genre. Horror House, A.K.A. The Haunted House of Horror, a forgotten little British chiller, is an early example of a studio destroying a film by radically changing storylines with unnecessary reshoots made without the director’s input. Continue reading

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