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Topic: slasher

Silent Night / Silent Night, Deadly Night / Silent Night, Deadly Night Part II

You better watch out!


Horror

Rod Lott
Aside from re-creating two or three minor scenes, Silent Night in no way could be called a true remake of 1984's extremely controversial Silent Night, Deadly Night. Flicks about a killer Santa Claus have existed before and since; if not for the value of a brand-name, this could be just another.
 
Thursday, December 6, 2012

V/H/S

Be kind, rewind ... or die.


Horror

Rod Lott
My problem with most found-footage films is that there's not much to them. Most can be described legitimately as an hour of buildup for one scene of payoff. When you shorten the stories, however, as is done in the horror anthology V/H/S, you have a handful of payoffs without all that pesky incidental padding.
 
Friday, December 7, 2012

Nobody Gets Out Alive

Slash ’n’ trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Horror fanatics making horror movies is the worst thing about today’s horror movies — worse than remakes, The CW casts and the PG-13 rating. And I say that as a critic who loves the genre.
 
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Burning

Third-degree terror.


Horror

Rod Lott
It speaks to the strength of The Burning’s reputation among cult-film fans that what’s most memorable about the 1981 slasher is not that it was written by the Weinstein brothers, nor that it represents early appearances of the likes of Jason Alexander, Holly Hunter and Fisher Stevens. It’s that its Cropsy is just a damned good villain.
 
Friday, May 24, 2013

Blood Runs Cold

Give it the ‘Cold’ shoulder.


Horror

Rod Lott
Blood indeed runs cold in Blood Runs Cold — just not yours, assuming you’re at least somewhat familiar with the rhythms and beats of the “ohmygodhesgotanaxwereallgoingtodie!” subgenre.
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Fog

For a great ghost story, bank on it.


Horror

Rod Lott
Once considered a disappointment (because anything after Halloween unfairly would be), John Carpenter's The Fog today is a genre-audience favorite — well-admired if just shy of qualifying as a modern horror classic. Its Blu-ray debut from Shout! Factory cements that.
 
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Killer Holiday / Murder University

Slash equals trash.


Horror

Rod Lott
Think of all the critical evisceration that the Friday the 13th movies endured in their time. Yet they're high art compared to two recent slasher "homages," the low-budget Killer Holiday and the no-budget Murder University.
 
Friday, November 1, 2013
 
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