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‘Dachra’ Review: Tunisia’s First Horror Movie Is Familiar but Frightening

On-screen texts bookending “Dachra” claim this thriller is “inspired by true events,” and that “in North Africa hundreds of children are victims of acts of witchcraft.” Nonetheless, one might be forgiven for assuming this purported first-ever Tunisian foray into horror cinema is drawn less from local crimes or superstitions than from the familiar genre tropes […]

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‘The Matrix’ Trilogy, ‘Jurassic Park’ Among Popular Films Leaving Peacock Soon

If you want to jack in to “The Matrix” trilogy, adventure with the denizens of “Shrek,” or set course for the first three “Jurassic Park” films, do it soon: Said films will be leaving Peacock at the end of the month.IndieWire has confirmed that those specific features, among others, will be taken off of the […]

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First ‘Portals’ Trailer Reveals the New Sci-Fi Horror Anthology from the Filmmakers Behind ‘V/H/S’

What would happen if a bunch of cosmic portals popped up all over the world? Well, check out the first trailer for the new sci-fi horror anthology Portals for the nightmarish answer. The film comes from the folks at Bloody Disgusting behind hit horror anthologies V/H/S and Southbound and brings four directors to tell the […]

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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’ is an Unsung Masterpiece of Horror Metafiction

Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: the much-derided sequel to The Blair Witch Project actually rules, thank you very much.) A little over a year after The Blair Witch […]

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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in October 2018

Horror pics are making a return across the board as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime update their streaming platforms for the spooky season.“The Shining” will kick off Netflix’s horror film slate, followed by “Truth or Dare” with Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” and the Netflix original “The Haunting of Hill […]

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Venice: Abdelhamid Bouchnak on How Arab Horror Film ‘Dachra’ Reflects Generational Conflict in Tunisia

Tunisian first-time director Abdelhamid Bouchnak is at the Venice Film Festival with “Dachra,” one of the first horror films to come out of the Arab world, which closed the independently-run Critics’ Week section on Friday. It combines elements of American chillers such as “The Blair Witch Project” with visuals and tropes that are instead specific […]

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‘Unsane’: How the Star of a Global Box-Office Hit Turned His Back on Hollywood and Committed to Low-Budget Filmmaking

Two decades ago, Joshua Leonard was a 21-year-old wanderer, working in experimental film production in New York, in the final throes of drug addiction, and uncertain what he wanted to do in life. His father taught theater, but Leonard never considered acting as a career; on a whim, he pursued a role in a microbugeted […]

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