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Movie Review: Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills is now in theaters and available on Peacock! In preparation for this glorious day, I’ve been watching many of the films that preceded this one, including the 1978 original and the 2018 direct sequel. Halloween Kills is the second part in a modern-day trilogy that continues the story of the first film, ignoring any narrative elements from the numerous sequels and timelines. In the following review, I will reveal some spoilers, so please read this after you watch Halloween Kills.

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween

In 2007, Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween was unleashed upon the world. This movie was written, directed, and produced by Zombie — arguably his most ambitious cinematic effort up until that point. Is it any good? How does it hold up today? And what were Rob Zombie’s thoughts on this movie back in 2007? Read on, and you’ll find out.

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Rob Zombie’s Firefly Trilogy

In 2003 Rob Zombie made his writing and directing debut with the gritty horror film House of 1000 Corpses. The success of this movie spawned a sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, and a third entry in the series, 3 From Hell, was just released on digital and physical video this month. Let’s take a look back at these films about the infamous Firefly family, including my thoughts and Rob Zombie’s insights on each of these twisted tales.

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Shudder October Highlights

October is upon us, and Halloween is just a few weeks away! With this in mind, there’s no better way to celebrate this spooky time of the year than by watching all of the excellent content on Shudder. Last week, the first episode of the long-awaited Creepshow series debuted and it’s spectacular. New episodes will drop every week throughout the month, so be on the look out for that, as well as a whole host of movies and shows, including new episodes of NOS4A2.

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Movie Review – The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin In The WoodsI recently watched The Cabin in the Woods for the first time and, overall, it was enjoyable. When it came out in 2012, I remember hearing a lot of hype around it being a top-notch horror film, and it was marketed as “the Inception of horror.” Let me set something straight: This film wasn’t nearly as intricate as Inception, and, in some ways, that’s a good thing.

Being a horror-movie buff, I assumed that a film about a bunch of kids in the woods would be a straight-up slasher in the style of Friday the 13th. Thankfully, I was wrong. While there was plenty of blood and guts spilled in and around the cabin, the plot was deeper than that. Similar to The Hunger Games, it involved an organization controlling the action. What is this organization? And what is its purpose? These questions were answered towards the end of the film.

To me, the greatest horror film of all time was Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. This film doesn’t even come close to that. As a matter of fact, I don’t even think it’s more compelling or clever than the original Saw. But it is entertaining and it tried to do something different. The acting was a mixed bag, but some terrific thespians made up the supporting cast, one of which blew my mind when she appeared on the screen at the end.

If you like horror films, check this out. Just don’t expect it to be the next Halloween – no, not Rob Zombie’s Halloween – or Hellraiser.

Official Synopsis

Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard comes The Cabin in the Woods, a mind blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.

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