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When it comes to the famous horror franchises, it's rare that a sequel or later iteration outshines the original. The true arguable exception to the rule being A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part 3 - Dream Warriors.

An entire subgenre of horror films is dedicated to entrepreneurs whose popular success depends on unwholesome, behind-the-curtains operations--think of Sweeney Todd, Soylent Green, or A Bucket of Blood. Fruit Chan’s frank and sober horror film Dumplings joins this list with neither a bang nor a whimper, but an unappetizing crunch.

Watch me make heads or tails (or is it lightbulbs or TNT) of 1989's "Fester's Quest" for the NES, ranked the 73rd worst game ever made by GamesRadar. This god damn game...

Red State is Kevin Smith's first foray into the realm of films that could be considered horror. Playing out as a mish mash of genres, the film starts out in a fashion that could only be described as teen sex comedy, before transitioning into something more akin to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and then finally resulting in a bit of an action movie style standoff between Michael Parks as Abin Cooper, the leader of an extreme religious group, and John Goodman as ATF agent Joseph Keenan.

Horror as a genre trains fans to expect, look for, and even anticipate death in the movies we watch. Final Destination took those exact specifications and created a franchise out of it. With hindsight it's now way too easy to look back and pick apart the earlier entries and forget the things that they did right that made them popular enough to warrant multiple sequels. Final Destination 2 took what was set up from the original, kept aspects of the tension, but embraced the ridiculousness that was always under the surface of the original. 

It’s often a debate between Stephen King fans on the quality of adaptations of his work and unfortunately, there is often very little time between these developments or re-visions. Big Driver is one of the more recent productions of a novella from King’s grim collection, "Full Dark No Stars."

Scream rolled into the horror genre as a form of commentary on all that had come before it. The tropes, trappings, and clichés that had turned modern audiences away from the horror genre, and the slasher subgenre more specifically, were turned on their head in the slyly written script by Kevin Williamson. The next step for the Scream world was to comment on what makes the horror sequel successful or utterly useless. Enter 1997's Scream 2 with Williamson back as writer and Wes Craven as the director.

Stare into the dark soul of the tempura shrimp, IF YOU DARE.

Where does one begin when the film to be reviewed is John Carpenter's Halloween? Those who haven't seen the film will no doubt be able to recognize aspects that have been directly referenced over and over in films like Scream, The Guest, and most recently, It Follows.

Mental health has long been a well that horror draws from. The things that we don’t understand about our own minds can be fascinating and sometimes frightening, and so it is no surprise that the asylum is a common setting for horror. In 2010, one such film was released, and it would have likely gone completely unnoticed, if not for the name attached to its title, John Carpenter’s The Ward.

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