Evil Dead II

1987 – USA Director: Sam Raimi Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks Words: Oliver Innocent Sam Raimi’s follow-up to his breakout horror hit The Evil Dead is something of an anomaly in the horror genre; a sequel widely regarded as better than the original. Even those who prefer the more visceral sucker punch of…

Cult Corner: Bubba Ho-Tep

2002 – USA Director: Don Coscarelli Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce Words: Oliver Innocent After seemingly concluding the brilliantly bizarre Phantasm franchise with 1998’s surprisingly effective Phantasm IV: Oblivion, director Don Coscarelli’s follow-up project had some rather large shoes to fill. Following up something as iconic and beloved as the Phantasm franchise definitely…

Cult Corner: Frankenhooker

1990 – USA Director: Frank Henenlotter Starring: James Lorinz, Joanna Ritchie, Patty Mullen Words: Oliver Innocent By the time Frankenhooker was released in 1990, director Frank Henenlotter was already something of an exploitation legend, having unleashed the iconic (not to mention truly demented) trash classic Basket Case and it’s even weirder sequel on unsuspecting genre…

Cult Corner: Halloween III – Season Of The Witch

1982 – USA Director: Tommy Lee Wallace Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nedkin, Dan O’ Herlihy Words: O. Innocent Halloween 3: Season of the Witch has got to be one of the most audacious sequels in horror movie history; jettisoning (almost) everything that made the first two Halloween movies such big box-office draws, it’s purporting to be…

The Mutilator

1985 – USA Director: Buddy Cooper Starring: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock Words: O. Innocent Originally titled Fall Break, the title by which Buddy Cooper’s low-budget slasher effort has come to be known is much more fitting; lurid, attention-grabbing and totally unoriginal, The Mutilator perfectly encapsulates the essence of this cult curio in a…

Maniac

2012/ France, USA Director: Franck Khalfoun Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo Words: O. Innocent Let’s get this out of the way first; Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (2012) isn’t as good as William Lustig’s 1980 original. It isn’t that the remake’s a bad film, it just doesn’t exude that same seedy, grime-ridden sickness that made the original…

The Final Girls

2015 Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine Words: O. Innocent Slasher films, by their very nature, have always been ripe for lampooning. Be it the bad acting and awful dialogue, the cheap low budget feel, or the excessive, almost aggressive obsession with sex and death, there’s just something innately…

The House Of The Devil

2009/ USA Director: Ti West Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov Words: O. Innocent Ti West’s retro indie horror, The House of the Devil (2009) is one of the most polarising scary movies of the 21st century. Critics loved its slow, deliberate build up of tension while the more casual filmgoer yawned in boredom as nothing exciting…

Madman

1982/ USA Director: Joe Giannone Starring: Gaylen Ross, Tony Fish, Harriet Bass Words: O. Innocent From its earliest incarnations the slasher film has always borrowed liberally from urban legends, those macabre tall tales of indeterminate origin that supposedly happened to a friend of a friend’s mother’s cousin twice removed. With their sinister content, designed to frighten or gross…

The Brood

1979/ Canada Director: David Cronenberg Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle Words: O. Innocent Before mutating himself into a director of dark dramas and thrillers, David Cronenberg was quite possibly the ultimate horror auteur. Birthing a subgenre all his own and imbuing every project with his own unmistakable style, Cronenberg preoccupied himself with making confrontational films with…