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Halloween & Scary Movies

Like many of you Halloween lovers, we too are horror and thriller fans. We love to catch a good flick and I assure you that we watch our share of good and bad movies. Ranging from B films to blockbusters, we watch them all. So to help you seek out some good, or maybe even some terrible, movies to snuggle up under a blanket in the dark to watch on a movie night, we thought we would give you reviews of horror movies that we watch so that you can benefit from horror movie knowledge. So pop some popcorn and set-up your home theater (or head to the movie theater if it is still out) and get ready for a night of spooky fun.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

The summer is here and the king has returned to the multiplex for another apocalyptic round of sound and fury. “Godzilla: King of Monsters” is the direct sequel to Gareth Edwards’ (“ [more…]

The Mummy (2017)

Universal’s attempt to re-animate its rogues galley of classic monsters takes its’ first shambling steps forward in this Tom Cruise action/adventure thriller.

Taking an obvious page from th [more…]

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Original “Alien” director, Ridley Scott, brings his nightmarish Xenomorph back to the big screen in another prequel that feels thematically at war with itself.

In the late 70’s/early 80 [more…]

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

The King returns to cinemas in this $185 million herky-jerky, fantasy B-movie, but can Kong carry this gargantuan production into monster movie history?

There’s no question that King [more…]

A Cure for Wellness (2017)

Director Gore Verbinski does his best David Cronenberg imitation in the Kafkaesque “A Cure for Wellness.”

In a roller coaster career of genre filmmaking, Tennessee native d [more…]

The Mad Magician (1954)

Vincent Price’s little seen 3D follow-up to “House of Wax” makes its debut on Twilight Times’ limited edition Blu-ray in 3D and 2D!

Legendary horror icon, Vincent Price [more…]

Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016)

Japan’s Toho Studios reinvent the original radioactive thunder lizard in this latest apocalyptic disaster epic!

Godzilla Resurgence” is Toho Studios fi [more…]

Blair Witch (2016)

The Blair Witch is back, get out the Dramamine!

Riding a wave of hype that seemed to stem from viral Internet postings and the suggestion that the video going around was possibly actual found f [more…]


Rob Zombie’s retro, faux grindhouse splatterfest is undeniable, unmistakable Zombie.

Say what you will about the cinematic results of Rob Zombie’s crowdfunded, Halloween se [more…]

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

The third film in this ultra-violent, action/horror franchise pushes the politics of fear to the front and center.

Both “The Purge” (2013) and “The Purge: Anarchy” (2014) contained an unde [more…]

The Shallows (2016)

Amid the chum of bloated CGI blockbusters in the summer multiplex ocean arises the fin of the best little shark movie in years.

Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”) plays a young woman grieving the re [more…]

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

James Wan delivers a chillingly worthy sequel to his 2013 demonic masterpiece, “The Conjuring,” with the continuing paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Following up on his 2013 box-office spook-tacular, “[more…]

Green Room (2015)

Destined for cult classic status, “Green Room” is a punk rock powder keg of intensity and brutality!

Writer/director, Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”), has delivered the most tension loaded [more…]

Monster Dog (1984) Blu-ray Review

Alice Cooper’s cult classic 80’s werewolf thriller finally sees its digital debut on Kino Lorber Blu-ray!

With the announcement this week that Alice Cooper will be bringing his ghoulish shock rock theatrics to [more…]

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

The Phantom of the Ville opens the new J.J. Abrams’ produced “mystery box” horror film.

You’ve really got to hand it to J.J. Abrams when it comes to secrecy on one of his film sets. Recent history would se [more…]

The Witch (2016)

A Puritan nightmare made flesh and blood, “The Witch” transports its audience to Colonial New England where a creeping fear threatens to corrupt and destroy an isolated family.

First time feature writer/director, Robe [more…]

Hellions (2015)

This October 31st set chiller is full of Halloween iconography and atmosphere, but it’s also unfortunately full of something else not nearly as aromatic.

Bruce McDonald’s (“Pontypool[more…]

Unnatural (2015)

It’s James Remar VS a polar bear/wolf hybrid monster in the freezing coldest “Jaws” knock-off of the year. Any questions?

I’ve always been a sucker for a good monster movie, sometimes even a not so good monster movie, but [more…]

Howl (2016)

The werewolves of London stalk a group of stranded commuters on a broken down passenger train in the middle of the English forest in this new British chiller!

Just released in the States on 01/12/16 on Blu-ray and DVD, “[more…]

“The Visit” (2015)

M. Night Shyamalan is up to his old tricks in “The Visit.”

Creating a global sensation with “The Sixth Sense” just over 15 years ago, film director M. Night Shyamalan was almost immediatel [more…]

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014)

Nearly 40 years after the film based on the killings in Texarkana in 1946, the Phantom Killer returns in a slasher film that plays out as both a sequel to the original 1976 thriller and a fictional resolution to the actual crimes on which it [more…]

Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)

Summer can be a bear.

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, “Jaws” continues to terrify audiences and inspire knock-offs in the theater (see “Jurassic World”) a [more…]

Jurassic World (2015)

Twenty two years after the park gates opened for the first time, Hollywood recreates the “Jurassic Park” franchise with bigger, meaner and scarier dinosaurs, but were they so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they never stop [more…]

The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook is an intensely creepy film surrounding single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) and her troubled son Samuel (Noah Wiseman). After losing her husband on the way to the hospital to give birth to their son 6 years prior, Amelia [more…]

Poltergeist (2015)

“They’re here.” Again. Does this 2015 update of the terrifying 1982 classic haunted house chiller have any new tricks up its sleeve worthy of your time and money?

They did it. They dug up “Poltergeist” from its 1982 grav [more…]

It Follows (2015)

The much buzzed about indie festival hit, “It Follows,” relies on themes of fear and dread instead of cheap jump scares to create an experience that just might follow you home.

“Like one tha [more…]

The Guest (2014)

Adam Wingard’s (“You’re Next”) latest genre-defying horror/action/thriller hybrid, “The Guest,” delivers the shocks with a bullet!

Set during the Halloween season and even climaxing inside a high school haunted maze, < [more…]

Wolves (2014)

David Hayter’s comic book styled werewolf thriller delivers an 80’s-tinged monster mash in the mold of Marvel Comic’s “Werewolf by Night”!

Hollywood screenwriter, David Hayter, who wrote “The X [more…]

The Houses October Built (2014)

This new “found footage” horror film explores the burgeoning and controversial world of extreme haunted attractions, and should appeal to both hardcore haunt fans and industry insiders alike.

The Houses October Buil [more…]

Pathology (2008)

Pathology is a medical thriller about a group of deranged pathology medical students. Our main character, Dr. Ted Grey (Milo Ventimiglia), is just starting his internship at a prestigious program. We don’t know much about him except that he is a ho [more…]

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

The makers of the original “Purge” deliver the movie everybody wanted to see the first time around!

Wisely listening to the criticism heaped upon the original “The Purge,” writer/director James DeM [more…]

Maniac (2012)

A Maniac has had a make-over. While the original Maniac (1980) was a garish, almost plotless attempt at a horror movie, Franck Khalfoun’s remake is a terrifying look into the mind of a madman from the first person perspective. When the movie first [more…]

Godzilla (2014)

The King of Monsters returns for another atomic blast of glory in the new big budget American blockbuster reboot!

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the release of the original “Gojira” in 1954 [more…]

Super Duper Alice Cooper (2014)

Shock Rock Icon, Alice Cooper, Looks Back at the Dark Roller Coaster of His Life and Career in this Flashy and Sometimes Harrowing Rock Documentary!

Documentary filmmaker and “heavy metal scholar,” Sam Dunn[more…]

The Quiet Ones (2014)

Hammer Films Finds a Horror Star Worthy of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in Their New British Supernatural Chiller, but does “The Quiet Ones” amount to more than a few Loud Bumps in the Night?

The history of Hammer [more…]

We Are What We Are (2013)

A dark, unpredictable and thought-provoking film about a strange family and their generations-old beliefs. It is not unusual for the horror genre to include religious connotations (The Exorcist, The Omen) to play on good versus evil where good almost [more…]

Oculus (2014)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, you just don’t scare me. Not at all.

The much hyped haunted mirror horror film, “Oculus,” arrives in theaters this weekend riding a wave of film festival buzz, a highly positive Rotten To [more…]

Haunter (2013)

An interesting twist on a classic haunted house story. We are introduced to a rebellious, moody teenage girl named Lisa (Abigail Breslin). We find out pretty quickly that Lisa and her family are reliving the same day over and over and over again, and [more…]

“Beast of Hollow Mountain”/”The Neanderthal Man”

Scream Factory presents two obscure prehistoric shockers in one Blu-ray/DVD package to satisfy the primordial urges of dinosaur movie fans everywhere!

Scream Factory continues their reign of terror as the premier distributor of cu [more…]

Devil’s Express (1976)

New from Code Red DVD comes, “Devil’s Express,” an obscure 1970’s genre trifecta of blaxploitation, kung fu and monster movie!

The middle of winter can be a dry season for horror films, with the weeks before January 1st o [more…]

The Uninvited (1944)

This Halloween the Criterion Collection dropped a special treat in our collective plastic pumpkin baskets with the Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic haunted house chiller, “The Uninvited” (1944).

This release of the vint [more…]

The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013)

Local actors, John Wells and Al Snow, appear in this new horror anthology now available on DVD at Walmart, Family Video and Netflix!

New on DVD shelves this week exclusively at Walmart, Family Video[more…]

You’re Next (2013)

The Animals are at Your Door in Adam Wingard’s Reinvention of the Home Invasion Genre!

It has been a good summer for horror fans. Little, modestly budgeted shockers like “The Purge,” “The Conjuring [more…]

Antiviral (2012)

Lucas Companies offer the latest in celebrity diseases. That’s right…in a world so consumed by celebrities, you can now choose to buy your favorite celebs disease and become infected with it. People have never been closer to the people they adore [more…]

Hatchet III (2013)

Swamp Ghost, Victor Crowley, Unleashes One Last Blood Soaked Rampage in Adam Green’s Final Entry in the Retro-Slasher “Hatchet” Trilogy!

Hatchet III” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and Hell’s [more…]

Under the Bed (2013)

“Under the Bed” Should Crawl Back Under and Stay There.

After seeing a trailer and some promotional material for Steven C. Miller’s retro-80’s style monster movie, “Under the Bed,” I could hardly wait [more…]

The Conjuring (2013)

“During the last 20 minutes of ‘The Conjuring’ you might find yourself laughing occasionally—because that’s better than the alternative!”The Phantom of the Ville

James Wan’s[more…]

Evil Dead (2013)

When I heard that they were remaking Evil Dead, I scoffed just like the rest of you. Everyone knows you shouldn’t try to remake a beloved cult classic, and nobody could replace Bruce Campbell as our loveable hero Ash. So I went into this movie thin [more…]

Pacific Rim (2013)

Guillermo del Toro Delivers a Gigantic Monster Bash to the Multiplex!

Finally, Guillermo del Toro has done what every other would be, mega-budget movie director that ever tried to make a film involving giant monsters and/or giant [more…]

The Devil Inside (2012)

Isabella Rossi played by Fernanda Andrade decides to create a documentary to find the answers to what happened to her mother 20 years earlier. Her mother was convicted of murdering two priests and a nun in 1989 and then taken to a mental hospital in [more…]

World War Z (2013)

When There’s No Room Left in Hell, The Dead Will Walk the Multiplex!

Once relegated to the lowest budget realm of the drive-in, grindhouse and dusty shelves of Mom and Pop video stores the zombie movie finally enters the big leag [more…]

THE PURGE (2013)

This Original Speculative Horror Thriller’s Premise Is So Fresh, Provocative and Worthy of Discussion That It’s Almost a Shame the Movie Isn’t Better Than It Is!

In this age of endless sequels, re-makes and re-boots, it’s a rare t [more…]

Mama (2013)

The Guillermo del Toro Produced Ghost Story, “Mama,” will Chill the Bones of the Bravest of Souls this January!

Seasons Greetings, my friends, it’s The Phantom of the Ville calling out to you from the icy grip [more…]

Bait (2012)

Just When You Thought the SyFy Channel had Ruined Shark Movies Forever, Australia Delivers a Shark Flick With Bite!

Jaws” was the first PG rated movie I was able to talk my parents into taking me to see in thea [more…]

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us (2012)

Universal Studios Unleashes a New Monster Movie to Blu-ray or DVD for Halloween! 

Universal Studios legacy of classic monster movies dates back to the silent film era with “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1925 a [more…]


A Little Bit of the Old Tim Burton We Used to Love Shines Through Like a Flickering Flame in a Grinning Jack-O-Lantern in “Frankenweenie”!

I have to be honest, when I saw the first trailer for Tim Burton’s bl [more…]

House at the End of the Street (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence Enters the Horror Biz in “The House at the End of the Street”

When Louisville’s own Jennifer Lawrence releases a new horror film right at the beginning of the haunt season, we here at [more…]

Sorority House Massacre (1986)

In Sorority House Massacre we follow Beth (Angela O’Neill) as she goes to the sorority house of some friends after the death of the aunt that raised her. Immediately, Beth starts having weird visions and dreams of a psycho with a knife killing peop [more…]

The Possession (2012)

Ole Bornedal’s “The Possession” is “Kramer VS Kramer” meets “The Exorcist.”

It’s one part dysfunctional family drama mixed in a witches’ brew with one part possessed kid horror film, and the results are mildly entertai [more…]

The Boogens (1981)

The Nightmares of Many 80’s Children Have Been Dug from Their Graves!

Olive Films unearths “The Boogens”!

I spent many hours of my formative years digging through the archives of the Horro [more…]

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012)

Four score and seven years ago Abraham Lincoln apparently hunted vampires. Of course, this is all according to the minds of director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton. The film was based on the real tragedies that President Lincoln experience [more…]

Monster Brawl (2011)

This direct-to-DVD monster bash makes one wonder why nobody has done this before, then answers the question.

Monsters have been duking it out on screen since “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” in 1943, and with [more…]

Prometheus (2012)

One of the most anticipated films of the Summer release slate, “Prometheus” is Ridley Scott’s return to the unknown terrors waiting for us in the blackness of outer space.

Much speculation has been focused on whether or not th [more…]

I Saw The Devil (2010)

Let us open the scene on every woman’s worst nightmare; it’s cold, dark, and you are broken down on the side of the road alone when a strange man approaches. Yep, sounds like the opening to a thrilling movie. “I Saw the Devil” is a chilling movie [more…]

Peeping Tom (1960)

I found this movie on Rotten Tomatoes top 50 scariest movies of all time, so I had to check it out. Peeping Tom was filmed in 1960. In order to watch this movie, you must first step back and remember that horror films were significantly different in [more…]

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

The funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time! Tucker and Dale vs Evil is a much needed spoof of modern day horror films and their predictability. Tucker and Dale are two lovable rednecks remodeling their newly purchased vacation home [more…]

Insidious (2010)

After all the hype about this movie, I couldn’t wait to see it.  Friend after friend told me how great this movie was and that it was a “must see” before you die movie.  Sadly, I’ve come to grips that my friends aren’t very bright.  Don [more…]

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2008)

Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! = Crappy! Boring! Atrocious! I’m all for low budget films but this trash was thrown together with bad acting, horrible dialogue, and terrible effects.  There are no amount of boobies in the world that they could have shown [more…]

The Experiment (2010)

I apologize that this is not a horror movie review. However, this movie is so good that I feel it would be an injustice if I didn’t write a review so that others will be compelled to watch it. “The Experiment” is a psychological thriller and drama s [more…]

Devil (2010)

I’ll be the first to tell you that I am absolutely not a M. Night Shyamalan fan.  That being said, I was pleasantly surprised that he wrote the script for this movie.  I guess it goes to show that when he leaves other people to direct his movies, t [more…]

The Human Centipede (2009)

Come on, do you really need me to review this movie? It’s a mad scientist sewing people together to make a human centipede by connecting their mouths to another person’s rectum. Of course you should watch this movie! Prepare to be grossed out and fo [more…]

The Orphanage (2007)

Just wow!  I was expecting a horror filled, blood saturated flick when I read the description of this movie. However, Guillermo Del Toro never ceases to amaze.  Instead of  blood and guts, I got to spend the evening with creepy kids, mediums, psyc [more…]

Death of a Ghosthunter (2007)

I watched this movie simply because it was listed in the horror section of my netflix instant viewing. Seeing as October has arrived, I decided to go ahead and watch it. I’ll admit, once I got past the Blair-Witchish camera work and mediocore acting, [more…]

Population 436 (2006)

Population 436 tells the story of a Census worker visiting the small, rural town of Rockwell Falls to investigate the cause of it's never changing population.  The southern town is self-governed and is almost completely cut off from the rest of [more…]

Trick ‘r Treat (2008)

I like how this movie captures the essence of Halloween.  It shows off the once a year traditions of pumpkin carving, scary costumes, halloween parties, and trick or treating.  Really getting you into the Halloween spirit.  And on top of that, it [more…]

Shutter Island (2010)

You will know how Shutter Island is going to end in the first 5 minutes of watching it, but the time leading up to the end is fantastic.  This movie had me enthralled every moment.  I would not classify it as a horror movie so much as a suspense.  [more…]

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

If Megan Fox wanted to prove that she has no acting ability what-so-ever and is really only a pretty face and hot body….well, then kudos to her.  She plays a high school beauty that is killed and transformed into a demon whose appetite is only sus [more…]

Grace (2009)

If you are a woman who is pregnant or planning to be pregnant you might find this film very unsettling. It’s a dark, eerie story about a stillborn baby who’s born dead, and then comes back to life.  The baby dies when the pregnant m [more…]

The Pervert (2005)

This movie is not for young eyes: The Pervert is a throwback to when women weren’t required to be pencil thin and fornication was acceptable at any age and apparently in any place.  Jonathan Yudis directs this entertainin [more…]

Carriers (2009)

Carriers is an awesome movie that reminds me a little of 28 Weeks Later. It's about a highly contagious disease that is spreading across the nation.  But in this case, the infected don't become zombies.  They are struck with a terminal il [more…]

The Graves (2009)

To set the tone for this movie, it's about two hot chicks who set off on a road trip to see the worlds largest thermometer. They stop and eat at a diner where their waitress suggests they should visit a nearby ghost town. Easily detoured, they g [more…]

Nightmare On Elm St (2010)

9,10…you will sleep again -right through this movie! I only have one question for Samuel Bayer.  Why do you hate us?  Why do you despise the viewing audience so much that you would direct the most poorly put together Nightmar [more…]