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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Honor Farm’

The Honor Farm can’t decide whether it wants to be a formulaic teenage horror flick or an incoherent Lynchian oddity. It sits somewhere in the middle, neglecting both fun, campy gore and a compelling plot. Cliches incorporated in this 74-minute head-scratcher include virgins at prom, an abandoned mental hospital, tripping …

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New Look at Oz Perkins’ ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and …

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A 666-Character Review of ’68 Kill’

Love can make you do stupid things, but there is a line. In 68 Kill, Chip Taylor (Matthew Grey Gubler Criminal Minds, Suburban Gothic) has trouble finding where exactly it is. When his girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord Excision, Trash Fire) forms a plan to steal $68,000 for her sugar daddy, …

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13 Horror Films for Black History Month

Unfortunately, actors of color in horror movies are under-represented and tend to follow a short-lived trope: they are the token minority and then they die. Some directors, writers, and other film folks have worked to challenge this concept and place non-white actors in lead roles. This list aims to showcase …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

Macon Blair’s directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is a darkly funny crime thriller about a woman’s search for justice after her home is burglarized. Melanie Lynskey stars as Ruth, a nursing assistant turned vigilante, and is joined by Elijah Wood as Tony, the awkward neighbor. Lynksey …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Phantom of the Opera (1925)’

This ain’t your mom’s Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original adaptation of the book has less Broadway flair and more Lon Chaney. Young soprano Christine has secured her role as an understudy for the local opera diva, but the theater’s phantom sees this as an injustice to her talents. Overtaken …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘XX’

XX is an anthology horror film featuring four shorts written and produced by women. The shorts go in the following order: “The Box,” “Birthday Party,” “Don’t Fall,” and “Her Only Living Son.” There doesn’t seem to be an overarching tie-in like most anthologies, but each film is separated by disturbing, …

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‘The Devil’s Candy’ Promises to Satisfy Your Murder Sweet Tooth

Sean Byrne, who wowed (and disgusted) audiences with 2009’s The Loved Ones, is back with his sophomore full-length effort, The Devil’s Candy. A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Fly (1986)’

When an experiment goes wrong, Seth Brundle mutates into something truly monstrous, both in body and mind. An update of the 1958 classic, David Cronenberg’s vision for this tale of science gone wrong pushes things further in every direction. Jeff Goldblum plays Brundle with a nuanced eccentricity and a convincing …

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13 Horror Films with Heart

Valentine’s Day is behind us, but love is still in the air. Cuddle up with that special someone and turn on any of these 13 movies for a night of romance and horror.   What’s more romantic than a getaway to a remote cabin, just you and your significant other? …

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