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The Forgotten Oscars 2013: Our annual celebration of unsung sci-fi, horror, and action films

Wherein we give the Academy a time-traveling, slo-mo bloody hatchet to the face.

By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 22, 2013

Review: The Collection

Marcus Dunstan's second outing brings back Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the masked figure's meat grinders.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 07, 2012

Review: Possession

A Cold War of body and soul is waged in this 1981 English-language horror film by Polish director Andrej Zulawski, set in a nearly deserted Berlin.

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  November 16, 2012

Review: Silent Hill: Revelations 3D

Silent Hill fans are gluttons for punishment.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 02, 2012

Review: The Bay

Fourth of July festivities in a quaint small town on the Chesapeake Bay are spoiled by the mass ingestion of tongue-eating isopods, all fortuitously recorded by never-before-seen news footage and consumer-grade cameras, in this, Barry Levinson's collabo

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 02, 2012

Hollywood seems to think Massachusetts asylums are the scariest places on Earth. Here’s why they’re right.

When American Horror Story: Asylum debuted October 17 on FX, it was yet another show about moderately attractive people getting the crap scared out of them.
Soul Asylums
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  October 26, 2012


Brain suckers and walls that shake at the RI Horror Film Festival

A Canadian short film called Attack of the Brain Sucker . A Kuwaiti screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass .
Thrills Dept.
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 26, 2012

Review: Paranormal Activity 4

The scares — and there have been some good ones — in the Paranormal franchise depend on what's not happening.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 26, 2012

At the gallerie Nomad, Lovecraft comes home

"All right, our next one we have is called 'Nyarlathotep,'" Janis Cimerol says. It is Sunday night, October 7, and Cimerol's broodingly psychedelic band, Hemlok, is playing a special gig before heading on a European tour.
Art Department
By PHILIP EIL  |  October 19, 2012

Review: Wake In Fright (1971)

Combining elements of Heart of Darkness , After Hours , and Groundhog Day , Ted Kotcheff's brutally brilliant Outback thriller follows the moral degradation, or perhaps redemption, of a snooty schoolteacher (Gary Bond) traveling from the backwater w

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012

Two local feature films and a Maine film fest get wicked scary

With just five main characters and an East Texas motel room as its primary setting, thriller film 40 West is as stripped-down and immediate as theater.
The horror! the horror!
By MATT BROWN  |  October 12, 2012


Review: V/H/S

As horror movie premises go, "found footage" tends to possess the most capacity for both pure, stomach-churning terror and woefully laughable shtick.

By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Solomon Kane

The last time Pete Postlethwaite died onscreen, he was being gunned down in The Town .

By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 05, 2012

Puppy love: Tim Burton's first Frankenweenie

All that is unique and wonderful about the films of Tim Burton can be traced back to "Frankenweenie," a half-hour-long black-and-white live-action short he made while an animator for Disney.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Review: Frankenweenie

Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
Shaggy dog story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012

Horror Movie Marathon

Go back to limbo!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  October 05, 2012


Review: House at the End of the Street

A project that's been around the block, Mark Tonderai's horror thriller was slated to go into production nearly a decade ago, with Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown) attached to direct.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 28, 2012

Review: Resident Evil: Retribution

Uwe Boll gets most of the scorn, but has anyone done more to destroy hope of a decent movie being made from a video game than Paul W.S. Anderson?
Creative bankruptcy
By BRETT MICHEL  |  September 21, 2012

Review: The Apparition

Todd Lincoln's tepid feature debut borrows from some horror standouts of the last 15 years.
Todd Lincoln's tepid feature
By PEG ALOI  |  August 31, 2012
Backtalk: RiffTrax

Interview: The RiffTrax crew revisit another 'classic'

MST3K took its curtain call in 1999 after 10 years on cable, but the show's end ultimately liberated host Mike Nelson and the revolving cast of cinematic satirists.
MST3K forever!
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 10, 2012

Interview: 'Jaws' Director Spielberg talks about making movies

Steven Spielberg, the director of "Jaws," was recently in town to promote the film and the following conversation with THE MIAMI PHOENIX ensued.
Jawing about Jaws
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012


Review: Jaws

It's interesting that the two most exciting films of the summer are so directly at odds with each other: while Nashville works against all our usual notions of linear plot, traditional character development and precise cinematic meaning, Jaws is tri
Terrifyingly good
By JANET MASLIN  |  July 20, 2012

Review: 5 Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, goes through five different cameras from 2005 to 2010, each one broken when the Israeli military or police assault him as he tries to record the ongoing turmoil.
Recording turmoil
By PEG ALOI  |  June 22, 2012

Review: Chernobyl Diaries

More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film, the latest work from Paranormal Activity auteur Oren Peli (he produces, Bradley Parker directs) relies on his tried-and-true formula of favoring atmospheric terror over vis
Tried and true formula
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  June 01, 2012

Interview: Seth Grahame-Smith emerges from the Shadows

He lingers in the shadows behind Dark Shadows, in the cobwebby abysses of AbrahamLincoln: Vampire Hunter, secretly writing the words that summon the horror — and spark the comedy.
Monster mash
By ED SYMKUS  |  May 11, 2012

Are Rhode Islanders finally ready to recognize Providence-born H.P. Lovecraft's legacy as a horror writing hero?

Brett Rutherford was walking down College Street on an overcast day in the late 1990s when a car with Oregon license plates pulled up next to him.
Loving embrace?
By PHILIP EIL  |  April 27, 2012

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Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2012
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Interview: Adam Green gets frightful laughs with 'Holliston'

Director and Holliston native Adam Green ( Frozen, Hatchet ) knows a thing or two about what it's like to be stuck in your hometown post-college, working a dead-end job, and pining for the high school girl of your dreams. Green parlayed all that angst i
Native son
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 30, 2012
Review: Silent House

Review: Silent House(1)

Shot in a single, continuous take, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau's Silent House crackles with a gnawing anxiety like that which defined their debut, Open Water .
Quietly sinister
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  March 09, 2012
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Review: Kill List

Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012