All in Movie Reviews

065: Terrifier (2016)

This week the Hack or Slash team explores the latest entry in haunted house horror: Haunt (2019). The group discusses the spookiness of haunted house attractions, assesses the brutality of the on-screen kills, and learns how effective a backwards baseball cap can be at de-aging men. This episode contains spoilers.

064: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 vs 2010)

This week the Hack or Slash team fulfills a popular request by comparing A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), an iconic 80's slasher, to its 2010 remake. The group compares the artistic differences between Robert Englund and Jackie Earle Haley, lays plans for a Hack or Slash haunted house, debates whether height matters in a villain, and contemplates whether the 2010 remake was successful in its attempt to go dark. This episode contains spoilers.

063: Haunt (2019)

This week the Hack or Slash team explores the latest entry in haunted house horror: Haunt (2019). The group discusses the spookiness of haunted house attractions, assesses the brutality of the on-screen kills, and learns how effective a backwards baseball cap can be at de-aging men. This episode contains spoilers.

062: Sleepaway Camp (1983)

This week the Hack or Slash team explores the 80's slasher that has scarred generations with its unexpected twist: Sleepaway Camp (1983). The group discusses the support for and against capital murder, laments over the perversion of the 80s, and observes the societal impact of films ahead of their time. The team also extends a special thank you to listener Anthony for providing trivia for this edition of Fact or Fiction. This episode contains spoilers.

061: Saw II (2005)

This week the Hack or Slash team is divided as they assess the quality of Saw II (2005). The group ranks their favorite kills, analyzes the grunge aesthetic in early 2000's horror, and discusses the perplexing mystery of serial killer groupies. This episode contains spoilers.

035: The Collector (2009)

The Hack or Slash team assesses the 2009 gory home invasion film The Collector. The team ponders the engineering skills required to devise intense traps, debates the coolness of flaming dogs, and figures out some among them dislike The Beatles. This episode contains spoilers.

034: Lights Out (2016)

The Hack or Slash team breaks down the 2016 film Lights Out. The team discusses the industry's portrayal of struggling with mental illness, identifies the downfalls of graduating a short film to a feature length film, and comes to the conclusion nothing good happens in basements. This episode contains spoilers.

033: The Exorcist (1973)

The Hack or Slash team kicks off 2019 by analyzing the 1973 demonic classic "The Exorcist". The group assesses the film's impact on the possession subgenre, discusses the impact of the film questioning the faith of its audience, and wonders when a demon will ditch the vulgarity and just be a nice guy for once. This episode contains spoilers.

031: Psycho (1960 vs 1998)

This week the Hack or Slash team compares and contrasts the 1960 Hitchcock classic Psycho to its scene-for-scene 1998 remake. The group laments casting decisions in remakes, debates the likability of Vince Vaughn, and struggles with the complexities of modern first aid kits.  This episode contains spoilers.

030: Kristy (2014)

The Hack or Slash team commemorates Thanksgiving by reviewing Kristy (2014). The group learns about the deep web, debates the quality of tin foil masks, and reminisces on the college experience. This episode contains spoilers.

029: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

The Hack or Slash team takes a break from the brutal movies of the October lineup by examining the comedic mockumentary film Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006). The group debates the morality of journalist intervention, the complexities of writing movies within movies, and ponders who’d win in a battle of wits between Hannibal Lecter and John Kramer. This episode contains spoilers.

028: Trick 'r Treat (2007)

The Hack or Slash team celebrates Halloween by dissecting the seasonal anthology film Trick 'r Treat (2007). The group discusses the classic myths mentioned in the film, ponders what the spirit of Halloween truly is, and debates which candy is most desirable. This episode contains spoilers.

027: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Damian Maffei, "The Man in the Mask" in The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), joins the Hack or Slash team to discuss the film that debuted Jason Vorhees - Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). The group examines the dopey antics of sack-head Jason, analyzes the impact of his mythology in the slasher subgenre, and debates what the best approach would be if Jason stumbled upon their campgrounds. This episode contains spoilers.

026: Halloween (2018)

The Hack or Slash team dissects the newly released Halloween (2018). The group unpacks a 40-year-old franchise with multiple timelines, ponders the modernization of classic horror, and shares tales of who their personal boogeymen were. This episode contains spoilers.

025: Hell House LLC (2015)

The Hack or Slash team explores a found-footage documentary style film, Hell House LLC (2015). The group discusses the best parts of October, imagines the ultimate haunted house experience, and debates which tea reigns supreme. This episode contains spoilers.

024: Scream (1996)

The Hack or Slash team analyzes the influential 90's meta-horror film, Scream (1996). The group reflects on the revitalization of the horror genre, discusses fooling audiences with the Hitchcock/Janet Leigh technique, and reminisces on the nostalgic glory of 90's fashion. This episode contains spoilers.

023: The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

The Hack or Slash team assesses the dark and disturbing content of the 2007 film "The Poughkeepsie Tapes". The group discusses the effectiveness of found footage, ponders the power of collective efficacy, and discovers two of them would make terrible detectives. This episode contains spoilers.

022: Children of the Corn (1984)

The Hack or Slash team introduces new theme music this week and stifles laughter during a 1984 adaptation of a Stephen King short story, The Children of the Corn. The group discusses the use of indirect gore, the impact of a powerful establishing scene, and discovers one panelist believes it's okay to dip steak in ketchup. This episode contains spoilers.

021: Mama (2013)

The Hack or Slash team tackles the 2013 film Mama this week -- a movie in which two little girls are taken in by their uncle following a tragedy. Coincidentally, the team also takes in two new friends (no tragedy preceded this adoption). The group discusses the inclusion of emotion in horror, ponders the logistics of traveling by hair, and discovers one panelist believed Dolly Parton was a national hero. This episode contains spoilers.