Philly Film Fest Review: ‘Cam’ is far from perfect, but still an intriguing thriller with some substance (no major spoilers)

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Madeline Brewer is Alice, a webcam girl whose account gets hacked and exploited by someone who looks exactly like her in Cam (Blumhouse) 

If you find yourself digging Black Mirror and Cronenberg-style films like Videodrome, Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei’s upcoming Cam could be the next fairly decent “when technology attacks!” thriller film for you.

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‘The Witch in the Window’ is yet another exceptional 2018 film about the horrors of parenting

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Alex Draper and Charles Everett Tacker tackle a complicated father and son relationship in The Witch in the Window (One Bad House Films)

We seem to be in the throws of a trend in 2018: many of the greatest horror films that have been given to us this year have reflected on one of the scariest things that many of us will do– become parents.  From A Quiet Place to Hereditary to even bits within the new Halloween, horror has taken a deep dive into just how horrifying it can be to raise our offspring.  How much should we protect them?  How much should we sacrifice of ourselves for them?  At what point do we let them out into the world?  Will our mistakes reflect upon their upbringings?  Shudder’s exclusive The Witch in the Window is yet another well-done film that makes many of us think twice about starting families.

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AHS Apocalypse delivers an all-time series high with satisfying “Return to Murder House”

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“Return to Murder House” brought us another iconic return: Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon (FX)

I’m Constance Langdon, and this is my (bleeping) house.”  AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE gave us the flashback episode that we’ve all been hanging out in literal purgatory, waiting for: it took us back to the place where it all began.  In AHS veteran actress Sarah Paulson’s confident directorial debut, we took a “Return to Murder House,” for the season’s sixth episode this week– and it did not disappoint.

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60 of the Greatest Horror films from the 1960s to 2010s

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In honor of Horrormonal’s first anniversary and the catharsis and opportunities it has given me within the last year, along with the conversations it has started with other horror film lovers, I give you 60 of (some) of the greatest horror films of all time, starting with the 1960s until the 2010s (so far).  I’ve been musing over this since August, and I’ve had such a difficult time narrowing it down to just 10 movies from each decade, but I think I chose pretty carefully.  I love each film for different reasons- some for their artistic integrity, some for their metaphors, some for changing the way I look at cinematic arts entirely, some for haunting my nightmares, some for repulsing me, and others for their entertainment value.  If you haven’t seen some of the more obscure picks, please consider checking them out, and be sure to revisit some old classics you may not have viewed in a long time.  (Thank you to Collider.com for some guidance.)

Here are 60 of (some) of the greatest horror films of modern times…

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13 things to see and experience in Salem, MA for horror, Halloween, & history lovers

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Salem, Massachusetts– also commonly referred to as “Witch City”– is the notorious grounds for a lot of awful American history, including the infamous Salem Witch trials in the 1600s. Thankfully, this now quaint town has turned its painful past into America’s ultimate Halloween town, while simultaneously honoring the victims from its historical events that left many dead and/or imprisoned. I recently traveled again to this lovely New England town for some early October fun, and have come up with a list of recommend activities and locations for those who are making their way there during this Halloween season.

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Blumhouse’s HALLOWEEN (2018) manages to make Michael Myers scary again, while serving as a love letter to final girls/women everywhere (Spoiler-free)

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Nick Castle reprises his role as The Shape in 2018’s Halloween. (Universal)

Two years ago when frequent collaborators Danny McBride and David Gordon Green announced that they were joining forces again for a Halloween franchise sequel, I squealed.  With Green’s indie-film roots combined with McBride’s dark sense of harsh humor, I felt pretty confident that their vision for a modern-day Halloween sequel would fill a void in the hearts of the franchise’s fans everywhere that craved a worthy sequel, after the countless corny and painful-to-watch ones that have notoriously tainted the Halloween franchise over the years (I’m looking especially at you, “Halloween: Resurrection”.)  However…after months and months of numerous media clickbait articles about the production of the upcoming film, with headlines that contained quotes from McBride and Jamie Lee Curtis proclaiming that this movie was “legitimately scary,” a lackluster trailer release in June, and just the annoyance of straight-up over-saturation of the film’s highly anticipated release, I grew worried.  After all, when the people who are behind a film can not stop talking about it to the press, that typically leads to disappointment and disaster. I thought, Who actually says that their own movie is ‘scary’?! Just let the damn movie speak for itself!  But now that I’ve caught one of the upcoming film’s earliest screenings at Salem Horror Fest, I can thankfully say that I was wrong for worrying so much.  Aside from a few nitpicky flaws, David Gordon Green’s Halloween is solid.

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‘tis the season…

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Happy October!

Around a year ago, I launched Horrormonal, and in honor of its one year anniversary, as well as spooky season upon us, I have so much great stuff coming your way.

I’ve been hard at work the last few months to bring you the best horror month yet.

Thanks for reading Horrormonal. Stay tuned!