Halloween haunt attractions are a favorite topic annually with When It Was Cool, and as the Halloween season is just a few dried leaves away, a new horror film set in an extreme haunt is out. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the co-screenwriters of last year’s excellent creature feature A Quiet Place with its director and star John Krasinski, both cowrite and direct Haunt, a shocker set in the modern day that hearkens back to such drive-in fear fare as Tourist Trap (1979) and Terror Train (1980). Joseph Perry reviews two horror themed movies. Read More.
The amazing indie thriller Reckoning is one of the absolute best films of 2019, anchored by Danielle Deadwyler’s superb performance as Lemon Cassidy, a wife and mother who lives on a small piece of land in Appalachia. The area she lives in has its own codes and laws, and when her husband goes missing after being sent on a dangerous mission by a local matriarch, Lemon must find him quickly before a villainous family takes its revenge on her and her young son. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us more about this film festival. Read More.
North Bend Film Festival Reviews: Extra Ordinary, Monument, Koko-Di Koko-Da, and The Incredible Shrinking WKND
The second North Bend Film Festival offered a fine selection of engrossing independent genre offerings. Following are reviews of four of the dozen features screened at the festival, which ran August 15–18 in North Bend, Washington. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us about these films. Read More
Horror movies about Bigfoot, America’s favorite hirsute cryptid, are always welcome for me and countless other creature feature fans, and new entry Hoax is a solid, and at times disturbing, entry into the subgenre. With a game cast including some familiar genre-film faces, and a fun Sasquatch suit design, Hoax has plenty of reasons to come recommended. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us about this film. Read More.
Japanese horror films involving long-haired ghosts bringing terror and death came to modern international prominence after the release of director Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998). Many viewers outside of Japan saw the film for the first time as second-generation or worse videotape dubs, adding to the eerie sense of the story about a ghost named Sadako who crawled out of television sets to claim the lives of her cursed victims. Read More.
Horror thriller Head Count takes tried and true elements seen in such supernatural shockers as The Beast Must Die (1974) and John Carpenter’s version of The Thing (1982) and delivers a fresh, current spin on matters, featuring a talented young cast of newcomers. Join Joseph Perry from Uphill Both Ways Podcast as he reviews the horror thriller Head Count. Read More.
Joseph Perry is back with a look at the 2019 edition of Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest, which focuses on showcasing and celebrating independent horror films from around the world, took place at the S. of Broadway Theater in North Charleston, South Carolina from May 24–26. Among the festival’s engaging entries was the “Creature Shorts Block,” a showcase of short films featuring monsters, creatures, and things that go bump in the night, with plenty of homages, nods, and love letters to cinematic fright fare of the past. Read More
Christmas season means traditions, and one cinematic tradition during the winter holidays is the release of new fright fare films. Joseph Perry brings When It Was Cool reviews of All the Creatures Were Stirring and Slay Belles, two horror movies released this week, and are well worth adding to your December watch list. Read More.
November 14–18 at the 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, it features a bevy of horror features and short films ranging from the surreal to the extreme. Among these offerings are two that should be of particular interest to When It Was Cool readers: Survival of the Film Freaks, a documentary about cult films and their fans, and Dead by Midnight, a horror anthology that boasts a 1980s vibe. Read More.
Ithaca Fantastik is now underway with the 7th edition of this upstate New York celebration of genre film, electrifying music, and dynamic art, and blasts from the past screen alongside many amazing new films, both retro-themed and not. The fest kicked off at its homebase of Cinemapolis on October 26th and runs through November 4th. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us about some of the horror and sci-fi offerings from this festival! Read More.
For the third year in a row the When It Was Cool family traveled to just outside of Atlanta, GA to visit one of the largest and most impressive haunted house attractions in the United States- Netherworld. This year, Netherworld has moved to a new location in Stone Mountain, GA. The elaborate sets, impressive actors and make-up, and over all quality of Netherworld remains as great as ever. In fact, I would say that the haunted house itself is even better than before. Read More
Black-and-white independent science fiction thriller Empathy Inc. recalls the tradition of the classic television series The Twilight Zone in its tale of a man going from bad-off to far worse when a high-tech opportunity presents itself. Always compelling and entertaining, this merging of lo-fi, analog-style technology and human nature at its best and worst provides plenty of social commentary to go with its eerie chills. Join Joseph Perry as he tells us all about this new thriller. Read More.
A group of graduate students unleash a deadly evil in Sleep No More, a 1980s-set horror movie that does a solid job of attempting to recapture the feel of such films from that decade as A Nightmare on Elm Street, with a dose of 1990’s Flatliners mixed in for good measure. Impressive performances and keen building of suspense are the highlights of this chiller. Join Joseph Perry as he tells When It Was Cool readers all about this great film. Read More.
Contributor Joseph Perry provides When It Was Cool with images and memories of when Halloween really was cool and fun! Join When It Was Cool for this retro Halloween trip back in time to plastic Halloween masks and costumes, games, haunted houses, scary stories, and so much more. Grab your Moon Monster poster and horror comic book as we look at the fun times of Halloween’s past. Read More.
The When It Was Cool family visits our first Halloween haunted house attraction of the season with Arx Mortis located in North Alabama. Arx Mortis improves every year and this was the best year yet. With elaborate and fantastic sets, great actors, and a wide variety of scenes, Arx Mortis has become a must see Halloween attraction in the Mid-South area. In this article (with accompanying Patreon podcast special) we tell you all about one of our favorite haunted attractions - Arx Mortis! Read More.
Joseph Perry takes a look at director Can Evrenol’s sophomore feature film Housewife, an enigmatic, unsettling horror outing with shades of classic Italian horror movies, H.P. Lovecraft cosmic horror, and surrealism. This Turkish arthouse horror with English dialogue is meant to provoke and puzzle, and it certainly succeeds at that, while delivering a jaw-dropping, gore-drenched third act. Read More.
Comic book creator and host of the Uphill Both Ways Podcast- Mike Imboden, takes a look at numerous internet website rankings of the best and greatest horror movies of all times, crunches the numbers, and comes up with the Internet’s Top 31 Horror Movies of All Time! Now you can watch a classic, critically acclaimed, horror movie every day in October! Celebrate #MonsterMonth with When It Was Cool and check out Mike’s list of these classic horror movies. Read More.
The decade of the 1980s was the slasher film heyday, and the third edition of The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, running October 11th–18th with screenings and events across Brooklyn, New York, takes a fond, bloody look back at that classic era of horror movies with its 80s Slash-A-Thon. This series includes a 35th anniversary screening of cult classic Sleepaway Camp, along with the New York book launch for celebrated horror journalist Michael Gingold’s Ad Nauseam. Join Joseph Perry for this and much more in this feature article. Read More.
Dark Shadows is a dark, gothic, and macabre 1960s television soap opera drama that features the intriguing vampire character Barnabas Collins. Dark Shadows is full of mystery and many atmospheric settings that pull you in. The show has a slow pace that allows the twists and turns to set in and the character of Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) is unlike any other character you have seen. Take a journey into Collinwood with When It Was Cool as we take a look back at Dark Shadows. Read More.
Near downtown Huntsville, AL there is a 100 acre cemetery which dates back to the early 1800s. There are six 1800 era Governors of the state of Alabama buried there. The cemetery is riddled with Masonic headstones, obelisks, and mausoleums but perhaps the most macabre thing located at Maples Hills cemetery is the playground for dead children... we went there. Read More.
Joseph Perry brings us a review of this film which takes some old-school haunted house thrills and blends them with mystery elements along with film noir lighting and overtones. The LaPlace's Demon is a chilling film and Joseph Perry takes us inside all the information about this movie which will appeal to horror and mystery movie fans alike. Read More.
Fans of classic British horror movie anthologies such as Torture Garden (1967), The House That Dripped Blood (1971), and The Vault of Horror (1973), or those who just love good old-fashioned chilling tales of the supernatural should find plenty to love about the new omnibus effort Ghost Stories. Providing old-school eeriness and mounting terror, this film is one of the best scare-fare efforts of the year so far. Joseph Perry tells us all about it in his latest When It Was Cool article. Read More.
Fans of classic gothic horror cinema such as The Others, The Woman in Black, The Innocents, and The Haunting will want to see director Brian O’Malley’s new Irish chiller The Lodgers. The sense of dread is palpable, and the atmospheric visuals are ominous and beautiful. In this review article, Joseph Perry takes a look at this chilling new film. Read More.
Joseph Perry reviews two films from the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival with echoes of classic horror movies, held February 1–3 in Berlin, Germany. American independent feature Lyle is a modern riff on Rosemary’s Baby, and British drama Pin Cushion recalls Carrie in its tale of high school bullying. Join film connoisseur extraordinaire Joseph Perry in his review of these two great new features. Read More.
A Night of Horror and Fantastic Planet Film Festivals: "Borley Rectory" and "Sixty Minutes to Midnight" Reviews
Joseph Perry brings us two movie reviews from A Night of Horror and Fantastic Planet Film Festivals. Fans of retro styled horror will be thrilled by both Borley Rectory and Sixty Minutes to Midnight. Sydney, Australia’s recent A Night of Horror and Fantastic Planet film festivals were loaded with incredible horror, science fiction, action, and other genre films, several of which should be of great interest to When It Was Cool’s retro-loving readers. In this article, I will look at two solid offerings from these fests: the U.K. ghost documentary Borley Rectory and the Canadian thriller Sixty Minutes to Midnight. Read More.
Joseph Perry brings us more #MonsterMonth goodness. Some locations are known for certain types of unusual activity, hosting a higher than average amount of reports of either UFO, cryptid, or other strange phenomena. The southern Pennsylvania area of Chestnut Ridge is seemingly such an area, as Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the latest terrific documentary from director/co-writer/producer Seth Breedlove and the Small Town Monsters crew, relates. Read More.
Netherworld Haunted House is located just northeast of Atlanta, GA in Norcross, GA and for the second year in a row Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool visited the attraction to celebrate #MonsterMonth. This year was even better than before as we skipped the lines and went straight to the main event. Find out everything you want to know about this must see Halloween haunted attraction. Read More.
Joseph Perry reviews two films from the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival for #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool. The two movies reviewed in part two of this series include The Crescent and I Remember You. Join Joseph as he takes us through a spoiler-free review of these two films sure to put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Read More.
I have never watched a minute of any of the Child's Play movies but Tonya from When It Was Cool owns a doll that haunts my nightmares and sits in our closet. One day I finally decided to ask her what this Frankenstein looking #MonsterMonth monstrosity is. Here is his (or her) story. Read More.
Joseph Perry reviews two films from the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival for #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool. The two movies reviewed in part one of this series include 1974 a wonderful found footage period piece and Salvation, a moody thriller. Join Joseph as he takes us through a spoiler-free review of these two films sure to put you in the mood for the Halloween season. Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at the 1970s Marvel Comic book series Werewolf by Night which, not only brought the classic Wolfman / Werewolf into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Moon Knight. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this frightening Marvel Comic book series- Werewolf by Night! Read More.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection. In this article we look at Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th movie franchise. A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop! Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at the dark 1970s Marvel Comic book series The Tomb of Dracula which, not only brought the classic Vampire into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Blade the Vampire Slayer. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this macabre Marvel Comic book series- The Tomb of Dracula! Read More.
When It Was Cool #MonsterMonth continues with a look at a figure from Tonya's Funko Pop Vinyl doll collection. In this article we look at Regan (Linda Blair) from The Exorcist movie franchise. A very cool horror themed figure from Funko Pop! Read More.
Joseph Perry is back with another great horror film review. In this exclusive When It Was Cool article, Joseph takes a look at Devil's Gate (Abduction) which screened at FrightFest. An experienced cast appears in a film that will strongly appeal to fans of classic science fiction/horror hybrids. This gripping chiller is filled with surprises and well-executed misdirections, and sports a solid cast with a wide range of genre-fare experience, and fantastic creature effects. Read More.
Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool talk about both the 1990 It mini-series and the new It movie which they saw just last night. This is a review show so it features SPOILERS. It, originally a novel by Stephen King, is now the top movie in the country and we tell you if it met our expectations. It (2017) Movie Podcast Review Special
The LaPlace’s Demon screened at Fantasia International Film Festival, which ran July 13–August 2 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Joseph Perry brings us a review of this film which takes some old-school haunted house thrills and blends them with mystery elements along with film noir lighting and overtones. Read More.
The hosts of the Up Hill Both Ways podcast and contributing writers at When It Was Cool help launch the debut issue of Gruesome Magazine. Read More.
When It Was Cool pens an open letter to Marvel Comics begging them to take Moon Knight back to his supernatural origins. Read More.
Tonya from When It Was Cool takes a look at the origins of that controversial Halloween candy- Candy Corn! Read More.
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