OKGazette.com - Horror http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-132-1-horror.html <![CDATA[Nurse 3D - Rx for boredom.]]> Abigail Russell isn't your average nurse, because she's also a serial killer. Abigail Russell isn't your average serial killer, either, because she only wants to kill men who cheat. But come to think of it, that hardly narrows the field.]]> <![CDATA[Contracted - STD OMG!]]> If David Cronenberg taught sex-ed classes, Contracted could be the film shown on the day they split the boys and girls among separate rooms. The IFC Midnight release's lesson: Always use protection. Especially if you're going to have a one-night stand with a necrophiliac.]]> <![CDATA[Beneath - Just when you thought it was safe ...]]> Six newly graduated high schoolers get together for one last shebang, which goes sour. You've seen that before, but not from indie director Larry Fessenden.]]> <![CDATA[The Slumber Party Massacre - Drill, baby, drill!]]> According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer. ]]> <![CDATA[Haunter - <i>Little Miss Sunshine</i> enters <i>The Twilight Zone.</i>]]>

Haunter isn't the typical chiller one would expect from the IFC Midnight label — mostly because it's tame enough that it could be enjoyed by almost the entire family.

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<![CDATA[Witchboard / Night of the Demons - Oh, what a 'Night!']]> Some things never change; Witchboard opens with an argument over intelligent design and references crises in the Middle East. Yet some things do; cheesy horror movies like Witchboard used to open wide across this great land of ours, thriving and profiting on their way to assured cults via home video. Nowadays, they have to skip theaters entirely. The loss is ours, collective nation!
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<![CDATA[Banshee Chapter / You're Next - Not all horror is rote, kids!]]> More than just a DVD with a cool cover, Banshee Chapter is a rarity among indie horror: It's actually about something. And it's also genuinely frightening.]]> <![CDATA[The Conjuring / Insidious: Chapter 2 - Scaring something in common.]]> Modern horror's greatest hope, standing above found footage and teen-aimed remakes, is director James Wan. I first recognized the potential in 2007's Dead Silence, his underseen throwback follow-up to the breakthrough that was Saw, but 2010's Insidious made it official.]]> <![CDATA[The Black Water Vampire - Bites down hard.]]>

Two takeaways from The Black Water Vampire

1. I really like the cover logo. 

2. Holy crap, Blair Witch much?

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<![CDATA[Carrie / Dario Argento's Dracula 3D - Everything old is boo again.]]> With Carrie, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) bravely steps up to the challenge of remaking Brian De Palma's 1976 horror classic — one of the genre's few to boast Academy Award nominations in major categories — but one senses even she knows her version will pale.]]> <![CDATA[Die, Monster, Die! - Buy, viewer, buy!]]>

In Die, Monster, Die!, a decent H.P. Lovecraft adaptation from 1965, the repellent Reinhart (Nick Adams, Frankenstein Conquers the World) visits the secluded mansion of wacky, wheelchair-bound Witley (Boris Karloff, Targets), who has discovered something quite peculiar residing in his basement.

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<![CDATA[We Are What We Are - Tastes like chicken.]]> While not an entirely successful remake of the 2010 Spanish-language film of the same name, We Are What We Are bears enough sweeping changes that it stands as its own thing. Both versions are worth watching.]]> <![CDATA[Cat People - Here, kitty, kitty, kitty …]]>

Dripping with atmosphere as thick as gumbo, the New Orleans-centered Cat People of 1982 is the right way to remake a genuinely great film: Hold on to that central concept; dispense with most everything else.

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<![CDATA[Cassadaga - Year's worst title, but how's the movie?]]> Cassadaga is better than its terrible title, but still an indie picture that's clearly out of whack. In a good way, it opens with a boy who so wants to be a girl, he employs scissors to achieve that goal. In a bad way, it then largely shoves all that business aside until the third act. ]]> <![CDATA[The Horror Show - No 'Show.']]> Although the title does not let on, 1989's The Horror Show actually began life as House III, a misbegotten sequel to 1986's hit House. In the end, it doesn't matter, because The Horror Show is every bit as terrible as House II or House IV.]]> <![CDATA[Sanitarium - Commit yourself.]]> It's official: We're living in a golden age of horror anthologies. True, the long-moribund subgenre isn't every fright fan's cup of tea, but those who like variety in one double-hour package have enjoyed a wealth of opportunities over the last few years and especially 2013.]]> <![CDATA[All the Boys Love Mandy Lane / Mischief Night - They're off to good starts, then ...]]> For movie watchers, few things can be more frustrating than films that begin with a sequence of immense promise, only to show over the remainder that the emperor truly wears no clothes. Two new examples come from the horror realm. ]]> <![CDATA[Body Bags / Assault on Precinct 13 - Tales from the Carp.]]> John Carpenter is a hoot as the host of Body Bags, a 1993 horror anthology that was to Showtime what Tales from the Crypt was to HBO at the time, only not a continuing series. Playing the pasty-faced coroner who intros the telepic's three stories, Carpenter also directs the first two, leaving the final to Texas Chainsaw impresario Tobe Hooper.]]> <![CDATA[Black Devil Doll from Hell / Tales from the Quadead Zone - Must be seen to be believed.]]> Thanks to Massacre Video, the films of Chester Novell Turner are preserved for future generations, no longer in danger of disappearing as VHS tape deteriorates with age.]]> <![CDATA[Killer Holiday / Murder University - Slash equals trash.]]> Think of all the critical evisceration that the Friday the 13th movies endured in their time. Yet they're high art compared to two recent slasher "homages," the low-budget Killer Holiday and the no-budget Murder University.]]>