Creature Features

SEPTIC MAN: DESCENT INTO THE FILTHY ABYSS OF BODY HORROR

Plunging into the Depths of Despair: “Septic Man” Unveiled “Do you know what fear smells like?” This jarring line encapsulates the grim atmosphere of “Septic Man,” a 2013 horror film directed by Jesse Thomas Cook, a venture into the grotesque and macabre. Starting as a gritty survival thriller, it hauls us down the drain into…

CRITTERS: CHOMPING THROUGH THE COMFORTS OF SMALL TOWN TERROR

‘They have weapons. So do we.’ – An Ironic Battle for Earth In the often grotesque and fear-driven landscape of 1980s horror, “Critters,” directed by Stephen Herek and released in 1986, offers a deceptively whimsical turn to the genre. Serving up a blend of comedy and horror, this film diverges from convention with its tale…

PIRANHA 1978: BITING INTO THE WATERY ABYSS OF NATURE GONE WILD

A School of Terror: “They’re eating the guests, sir!” The murky waters of 1978 swirled to reveal a fin-infested horror-comedy that continues to cause waves among genre enthusiasts. Directed by Joe Dante, “Piranha” unleashes a terrifying swarm from the depths of cinematic imagination. Without giving too much away, the film follows a simple yet compelling…

DAWN OF THE MUMMY: SHROUDED HORRORS RISE IN EGYPTIAN EERINESS

Unearthed Terror from the Sands of Time In the grand pantheon of horror vehicles, “Dawn of the Mummy” emerges from the catacombs to deliver its take on the fear of the ancient undead. Director Frank Agrama’s 1981 foray into the territory of Egyptian cursing places a bet on a tale as old as the pyramids…

CREATURE FROM BLACK LAKE: LURKING SHADOWS AND LEGENDS IN THE SWAMPLANDS OF SUSPENSE

Murky Depths: Unearthing “Creature from Black Lake” “It always happens in the middle of nowhere,” a chilling teaser for 1976’s “Creature from Black Lake,” directed by Joy Houck Jr., echoes the isolated dread synonymous with rural horror. As much a snapshot of 70s B-movie culture as it is an obscure entry in the cryptid canon,…

JAWS: DIVING DEEP INTO THE TERRIFYING WATERS OF CINEMATIC LEGEND

Beneath the Surface: A Terror Emerges “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” This iconic line from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1976) perfectly encapsulates the realization that something formidable and terrifying has entered the peaceful life of Amity Island—a great white shark with a taste for the flesh of unsuspecting vacationers. Spielberg, a then-up-and-coming director, crafted not…

V/H/S: FRAGMENTED FEARS IN A STATIC-SHROUDED ANTHOLOGY

A Tape Worth Rewinding? – A Critique of “V/H/S” “I like you.” A bone-chilling whisper repeats in one of the more memorable segments of the 2012 found-footage anthology, V/H/S. This collaborative effort, orchestrated by directors Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and the filmmaking collective Radio Silence, stitches together a series…

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK: LURKING SHADOWS AND WHISPERS IN THE HAUNTED HEARTH

Under the Darkness, No One Can Hear You Scream “Don’t be afraid of the dark; be afraid of what hides in it.” This chilling statement encapsulates the haunting essence of the 2010 horror movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” Directed by Troy Nixey and presented by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del…

THE MUMMY: ETERNAL HORRORS AWAKEN IN CINEMA’S TOMB OF TERRORS

Awakening Ancient Terrors “Death… eternal punishment for anyone who opens this casket.” With these ominous words, The Mummy (1932) sets a chilling scene for its audience. Directed by the legendary Karl Freund, this pre-code horror film utilizes the mysticism of ancient Egypt to weave a tale of suspense and the supernatural. Unlike the blood-soaked revivals…

FRANKENSTEIN: THE MONSTROUS BIRTH OF A HORROR ICON AND CINEMA’S ODE TO THE MACABRE

Unearthing the Terror of Ingenuity: A Look Back at Frankenstein (1931) “It’s alive! It’s alive!” This electrifying line from James Whale’s 1931 cinematic masterpiece, Frankenstein, marks the birth of one of horror’s most enduring figures. Based on Mary Shelley’s novel and released in the heyday of the Universal Monsters era, the film presents a tale…

PIRANHA 3-D: SINKING TEETH INTO THE DEEP END OF CAMPY HORROR TERROR

Feasting on Fear: A Dive into Piranha 3-D’s Waters The Lure of Blood-Drenched Waters Imagine a serene lake disturbed by an ancient horror, a toothy terror lurking beneath its tranquil surface—this is the world of “Piranha 3-D.” Directed by Alexandre Aja and released in 2010, the film serves as a loose remake of the 1978…

PIRANHA 3-D: DIVING INTO A BLOODY DEPTH OF AQUATIC HORROR

Churning Waters, Gnashing Teeth: A Dive Into “Piranha 3-D” “They took a bite out of life… now it’s their turn.” This line from “Piranha 3-D” could not be more telling of the film’s unabashed plunge into the deep end of camp and gore. Directed by Alexandre Aja, the 2010 movie whisks us away to Lake…

The Birds: A Timeless Terror Revisited Through Hitchcock’s Avian Apocalypse

“Nature’s Malevolent Ballet”: An Ominous Review of ‘The Birds’ “I hardly think a few birds are going to bring about the end of the world.” These words, spoken in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds,’ could not be more ironic as they precede one of cinema’s most unnerving and eerie horror films. Released in 1963, the master…