October 16th, 2019

As a child growing up in the 1980s Stephen King was certainly a big part of my horror learning alongside Halloween and those made for TV films that always appeared on TV on a Saturday night that Mum let me stay up for (as long as I made sure that Lainy was asleep in bed of course!) – anyway I will write another article about those!!!

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October 12th, 2019

There is an overwhelming sentiment that jump scares are unnecessary in a horror movie and that these films should be able to rely on their other merits. It’s true a lot of movies within the genre are guilty of overusing this technique. Adding a screamer scene every few minutes is tiresome for the audience.

For the list go to ScreenRant.com

October 12th, 2019

We watch horror movies for various reasons. Some like the exploration of life through terror-struck metaphors and fantastical situations. Others watch because they simply like to be scared. Of all the film genres, though, horror might be the one where the ending matters the most. It brings everything together, and it either validates or dispels our concerns. If a horror movie cannot land its ending, we feel disappointed.

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October 12th, 2019

There’s something scary about the woods, and not just because most of us would be bear food if we got lost in them. Forests are dark, remote, and elemental in a way few other places are. It’s easy to believe that if an ancient force (witch, old God, Sasquatch, whatever) is lurking in wait somewhere out there you’ll probably discover it under the cover of trees in the middle of nowhere. Forests are central settings in Grimm’s fairy tales and plenty of other bits of folklore, so it’s no surprise that horror filmmakers have capitalized on our childhood-ingrained aversion to the dark, dark woods.

For the list go to FilmSchoolRejects.com

June 27th, 2019

Look, let’s cut to the chase scene through the abandoned coal mine: summer rules. That’s a fact. The days are longer, the beach beckons, and good time vibes abound. But, if you’re a fragile, overthinking chihuahua like me, the pressure to have a good time can be a little debilitating. People relax and cut loose during the summer. That is the purpose of the season (in this hemisphere anyway). But much like trying to fall asleep after a cup of coffee (an unrelatable scenario that I would know nothing about), trying to have an aspirationally chill summer is easier dreamt of while scrolling #summerfeels on Instagram than done.

For the full article go to FilmSchoolRejects.com

May 27th, 2019

On first glance, you probably wouldn’t recognise Javier Botet. Though not a household name, the Spaniard has a portfolio that many in the movie business would kill for. Over the last few years, the 6ft 6in actor has starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest horror and fantasy productions. From It to Mama to Slender Man – with a Game of Thrones cameo along the way – Javier has forged a reputation as one of the best creature actors in the industry. Continue here

April 26th, 2019

It’s not always the scares that make our favorite horror movies stand out, but scenes or sequences that bring quotable lines of dialogue, thrilling action, uplifting triumph, and breathtaking visuals that remind us why we love movies in the first place. Moments that become so iconic that they transcend genre entirely and enter the ranks of pop culture phenomena. These 75 horror movie moments have forever carved out a place in cinematic history, proving horror is and will always be the best genre. Read More here

April 22nd, 2019

Pet Sematary is on the tip of everyone’s tongues right now, including ours here at 25YL. The original Mary Lambert film is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s new adaptation is already a smash and one of the most interesting and hotly debated films of 2019. Members of the 25YL horror crew recently sat down to discuss Stephen King’s 1983 source novel, the original Mary Lambert film, and thoughts on the new adaptation. Join myself, Aaron D. Schweighardt, and Holiday Godfrey for a deep dive round table discussion on all things Pet Sematary.

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February 3rd, 2019

In terms of theatrical releases, 1989 marked a year of aquatic horror, major horror franchise sequels, and a lot of Robert Englund at the box office. Overall though, the final year of the decade was pretty light for horror. Notable films like Puppet Master and C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. went straight to video, and other films like Warlock and Society fell into release limbo until the early ‘90s. The glut of practical effect driven ‘80s horror was coming to an end, and it really showed in 1989. Looking back, it’s interesting to note that we’re slated to receive new adaptations of Pet Sematary and Swamp Thing, almost exactly 30 years later. In order of theatrical release, these horror films are celebrating their major anniversary milestone. How many have you seen? Read More here

September 22nd, 2018

Kid horror has to be one of the most thankless subgenres in film. Very few horror films aimed toward children succeed at the box office, and they’re rarely distinguished by critical regard or earn the initial respect of MPAA-obsessed genre fans, often having to build a cult audience over the course of years or even decades.

For the full article go to SlashFilm.com

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What we’re excited for:

Deadtectives July 18, 2019 (Shudder)
The Banana Splits August 13, 2019
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark August 9 2019
It: Chapter Two September 6, 2019
Zombieland 2: Double Tap October 18, 2019
Brahms: The Boy II December 6, 2019
Black Christmas December 13, 2019
The Invisible Man March 13, 2020
A Quiet Place 2 March 20, 2020
Candyman June 12, 2020
Godzilla vs. Kong March 13, 2020
Ghostbusters 3 July 10, 2020
Escape Room 2 August 14, 2020
The Conjuring 3 September 11, 2020
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 2020

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