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Held

If Saw’s Jigsaw Killer received his doctorate in marriage therapy, his counselling would resemble the drawn-out home invasion portrayed in Held, a sanctimonious and straight-up stupid thriller that squanders its potential for big scares in small spaces.

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Know Fear

Like many horror films, Know Fear begins with a house – a house with a dark past.  Shortly after Wendy (Amy Carlson) and Donald (David Alan Basche) move into the house, Wendy begins experiencing strange sensations that overwhelm her.  The family learns that Wendy has been possessed by a demon, and the only way to save her is to use a book to enact a ritual that will allow different members of the family to…

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Slaxx

A possessed pair of jeans wrecks havoc on retail workers in Slaxx, a Canadian horror-comedy from the producers of Turbo Kid that isn’t nearly as funny as that pitch but wins the audience over with outrageous and relentless kills.

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Wrong Turn

Over the course of its direct-to-video sequels, the Wrong Turn franchise has built an impressive cult following;  starting with the fun 2003 original that gave viewers a surprising amount of thrills and kills.  But, it also fell back on a genre stereotype that even Wrong Turn fans have deemed rote – mangy country folk will always be portrayed as villains.  With 2021’s Wrong Turn, in an attempt to breathe life intro this outdated trope, director Mike…

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Freaky

Freaky is not only one of the better examples of a body-swap story, it’s also one of the best horror-comedies ever made.  It’s consistently hilarious, shockingly violent, and filmmaker Christopher Landon is quick to take note of the formula’s hindrances and correct them.

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Saint Maud

Rose Glass’ long-awaited feature-length debut Saint Maud has been billed as a horror, but it’s more of a melancholic character piece that analyzes the psychological turmoil a devout follower could experience….that works way too hard to be textbook horror.

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The Funeral Home

If you’re looking for a movie that’s going to scare the pants off of you, Mauro Iván Ojeda’s The Funeral Home isn’t it.  Only the most sensitive and lily-livered viewers will be genuinely frightened by this Argentinian tale of hauntings and family drama.  But what it lacks in terror, The Funeral Home makes up for in moderately creepy weirdness and old-school, vintage visuals.

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Bring Me a Dream

Bring Me a Dream annoys me from all angles, but I’m also frustrated because I’m not qualified to criticize its lack of originality.  The horror-thriller reminded me that I have never seen a Nightmare on Elm Street movie (aside from Freddy vs. Jason which is more of a collaboration than a standalone film).  However, I’m familiar enough with the Freddy Krueger character to see similarities between Krueger and Bring Me a Dream’s derivative boogeyman the Sandman….

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Grizzly II: Revenge

The best thing about Grizzly II: Revenge is how its hilarious marketing completely blindsides the audience.  The lost 80s sequel to 1976’s thriller Grizzly has been promoted as a vicious horror starring a young George Clooney, Laura Dern, and Charlie Sheen.  Those Oscar winners, and Charlie Sheen, certainly show up within the first few minutes to only be mauled by a man-eating grizzly bear by the following scene.