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Ghostland (2018) - Beth in her deadly, dark reality

Ghostland (2018) – The Psychology of Pain

2.5 out of 5 stars

Ghostland (2018), also known as An Incident in a Ghostland, is film directed by Pascal Laugier. Those familiar with Pascal Laugier’s work will quickly realize ...
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The Conjuring (2013) - The introduction of Annabelle

The Conjuring (2013) – James Wan, Reconfirming Our Love Of Ghosts

4 out of 5 stars

Over decades, the film industry has both embraced and abused the haunted house cliché. It would be all to easy to consider this ...
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I can smell your filthy soul!

Evil Dead Remake (2013) – Butchering a Classic

2.5 out of 5 stars

Call me a skeptic.  Some movies should never be remade. I consider The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to be nearly perfect in its execution ...
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Black Mountain Side - Suicide

Black Mountain Side (2015) – Clever Canadian Independent Horror

3 out of 5 stars

While the readership of Malevolent Dark continues to grow, to date only a few people in the circle actually make recommendations for content ...
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Alucarda (1977) - Justine returns from the dead

Alucarda (1977) – Demonically Extraordinary

4.5 out of 5 stars

Of all of the horror genres, Malevolent Dark possesses a particular taste in fine 70’s Satanic films. Many of these films such as, ...
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Burned in my brain

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) – Espantoso

3.5 out of 5 stars

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) is a a Spanish-Portuguese zombie film. Generally, Spanish zombie films are a bit of an acquired taste ...
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) - Jed Sawyer takes a walk with his trusty steed

The Definitive All 9 Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise Ranked

Upon the advent of the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022)Malevolent Dark has been sorting through the comments, criticisms and accolades that this film received immediately ...
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Blue triangles not original equipment

Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)

2.5 out of 5 stars

It is arguable that the Friday the 13th series may be the most iconic horror movies of all time. To this day, people ...
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The Beyond (1980) - Haunting imagery from Lucio Fulci

The Beyond (1981) – Another Gate to Fulci’s Hell

3.5 out of 5 stars

A simple scan of the Internet quickly reveals that Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond ranks among his most appreciated films. The Beyond serves as the second ...
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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) - The killer hides in a yellow rain slicker and a translucent mask

Alice Sweet Alice (1976) – 4 Qualities of a Mediocre Proto-Slasher

2.5 out of 5 stars

Until recently, the 1976 film by Alfred SoleAlice Sweet Alice, remained relegated to the list of picked over movies that never got rented ...
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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Into the Hell of the Green Inferno

3 out of 5 stars

Cannibal Holocaust(1980) exists in infamy for more than one reason. Director Ruggero Deodato released Cannibal Holocaust during a brief rash of Italian movies ...
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The late-great Oliver Reed

The Devils (1971) – A Tragic Story of Betrayal

3.5 out of 5 stars

The Devils (1971) tells the tale of Urbain Grandier and his downfall due to accusations of witchcraft. Conversely, this tale does not involve ...
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Cannibal Ferox - Mike finally gets it in the end

Cannibal Ferox (1980)- Banned in 31 Countries, Or Less

2.5 out of 5 stars

Malevolent Dark is finally returning to the realm of Italian mondo cannibal horror. After a recent conversation on Twitter that claimed that Cannibal ...
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Big Daddy

Land of the Dead (2005) – 4th Time is not a Charm

2 out of 5 stars

George Romero holds the crown as King of the Zombies. Arguably George Romero directed 2 of the greatest zombie films of all time: ...
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Happy Birthday to Me (1981) - Melissa Sue Anderson as Ginny

Happy Birthday To Me (1981) – Brutally Incoherent

2 out of 5 stars

Sometimes I think the Malevolent Dark randomization engine is evolving into a sentient intelligence. After watching Canadian horror film My Bloody Valentine (1981), the rando-horror ...
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X (2022) - More Mia Goth, just because

X (2022) – Brilliant Film, Exquisite Acting, Not Quite A Classic

3.5 out of 5 stars

For horror fans, and movie fans in general, we have suffered a great injustice in the form of a 2 year pandemic drought ...
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The Lady Vampires of Hammer

The Kiss of the Vampire (1963) – Ravenous Hammer Vampires

3 out of 5 stars

The Kiss of the Vampire (Kiss) is a Hammer horror film made in 1963, directed by Don Sharp. Kiss is one of several ...
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The Legendary Vincent Price

House on Haunted Hill (1959) – Absolute Classic

5 out of 5 stars

As a horror movie critic, it is necessary to be as objective as possible. On the best of days, it proves an impossible ...
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Giallo - The cruelty of the unamed killer

Dario Argento’s Opera (1987) – Brutally Captivating

4 out of 5 stars

The term “cadenza” refers to an improvised musical section of an opera designed to showcase the virtuosity of the performers. No better metaphor ...
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Here's a little story about a man named Jed

Leatherface (2017) – The Prequel that Nobody Wanted

2.5 out of 5 stars

Not all things that start well, end well. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has been twisted, broken, revived and destroyed during the course ...
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) - Daniel Pearl's magnificent shot

10 Essential Horror Films to Know Malevolent Dark (Part 1)

As I have often alluded to, I am a child of the 70s. Likewise, my horror journey lead me through many films that would ...
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Zombie Holocaust - The Chop

Zombie Holocaust (1980) – A Memorable and Gory Forgery

1.5 out of 5 stars

Anyone that has succumbed to the curse of loving horror movies quickly learns that getting a fix is a problem. In the United ...
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe - Olwen Kelly as Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) – The Agony of Being Dead

3.5 out of 5 stars

In the world horror critique, the very best moments are those when low expectations are shattered. When a film crushes expectations through innovative ...
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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2021 (Untitled) - Movie Poster

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2021 – Another Bloody Retcon

Those familiar with the Malevolent Dark’s work fully understand that the original Tobe Hooper classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacreoccupies a very special place on-top ...
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