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Horror Noire: A history of black voices in the horror genre

From Get Out to Candyman to Blacula, black filmmakers have been an integral and vital voice in the horror genre since the birth of cinema and in Shudder’s first documentary feature, Horror Noire, they have gathered together a group of talented individuals to discuss their experiences with the horror genre at large.

Shudder has debuted plenty of feature films and original series in the few years it’s been around but now the horror streaming service is branching out into new territory with their first exclusive documentary film titled Horror Noire.

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Escape Room might fill the Saw-shaped hole in your heart

Escape Room is an entertaining mind screw with complex, creative games and mythology that is itching to get explored in future films.

I walked into Escape Room completely blind. As in I hadn’t seen a trailer, and all I knew about it was the basic premise. I watched it more out of a sense of obligation as a thriller and horror fan than because I really wanted to. It’s January, which is typically the month where studios dump movies they have little faith in and therefore I had little faith in this one.

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Short horror films featuring women: The fierce heroine in He Likes It Rough

He Likes it Rough gives us a fierce heroine to root for in one of the most cunning and gruesome short horror films I’ve seen in a long time.

I admit I haven’t spent as much time watching short horror films as I should but He Likes it Rough makes a compelling argument for why I should in the future. Of the vast array of short horror films available, I think the only other one that stands out to me as much as this one does is the Lights Out short film created by David Sandberg and Lotta Losten (that went on to get turned into a successful feature film starring Teresa Palmer in 2016).

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LIFECHANGER is a provocative genre-bending body horror film

LIFECHANGER is a quiet, melancholy body horror film with a romantic heart that adds a unique perspective to an age-old legend.

Earlier this year a movie was released called Every Day. It was the story of a person who wakes up every single day in someone else’s body and yet still falls in love in the course of this journey. LIFECHANGER has a very similar premise to Every Day except with a distinct horror slant and more mature material.

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Horror on premium cable: Bring in the new year with classic films

From Psycho to Child’s Play, premium cable has plenty of horror films arriving this January for horror fans in need of something spooky to bring in the new year!

Premium cable apps aren’t as popular as streaming behemoths like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, but that just means they’re overlooked territory for avid horror fans who may be surprised by the collection of horror films these channels have on tap.

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3 reasons to watch You Might Be the Killer on Shudder

Debuting on Shudder this past Thursday, You Might Be the Killer is a satirical, genre-savvy, delightfully twisted, new approach to the slasher film. 

When the camp counselors at Camp Clear Vista start dying in gruesome ways all across the grounds, Sam (Fran Kanz) must call his good friend Chuck (a horror connoisseur who works at a local video store played by Alyson Hannigan) for help. They work together to try and discover the identity of this crazed killer before anyone else dies. If you’re a fan of films like The Cabin in the WoodsScream, or even The Final Girls, then You Might be the Killer should be right up your alley.

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The Cabin: A film heavy on atmosphere but thin on plot

The Cabin is a moody suspense film with surprisingly bold artistic choices that gets bogged down by weak dialogue, one-dimensional characters, and a thin plot.

Lush evergreens line miles of sparse highway as a couple drive to a family cabin. Said cabin is nestled deep in the woods, as demonstrated by several overhead shots of serpentine roads winding through fields of trees. The place they’re headed is the sort of place hidden from civilization, one hundred miles away from the nearest motel.

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The Clovehitch Killer gives us Dylan McDermott’s creepiest performance yet

The Clovehitch Killer forgoes hardened detectives for a pair of sleuthing teens in this quiet and surprisingly introspective thriller.

The Clovehitch Killer is yet another look at the decaying heart of suburbia and the often seedy underbelly of even the most ordinary looking neighborhoods. Middle America, the Bible belt, blue-collar working class citizens, have all been at the heart of many a headline in our current political climate.

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