All in Movie Reviews

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.

020: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 vs 2003)

Things get heated this week with the Hack or Slash team as they go head to head with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 1974 and its 2003 sequel. The group debates the effectiveness of low-budget filmmaking, the impact of taking its story in another direction, and the creepiness of cannibalism. This episode contains spoilers.

018: Annabelle: Creation (2017)

This week the Hack or Slash team gathers together in person to dissect the 2017 film, Annabelle: Creation. The group discusses the techniques employed by the films director, examines the portrayal of demons, and ponders whether the Warrens were a hoax. This episode contains spoilers.

017: The Strangers (2008)

The Hack or Slash team returns after a brief hiatus to assess the 2008 film, The Strangers. The group discusses the sustainability of "inspired by true events" claims in the film industry, dissects the films heavy approach, and questions Jimmy's decision to propose in a parking lot. This episode contains spoilers.

016: Hush (2016)

This week the Hack or Slash team assesses the highs and lows of the 2016 film, Hush. The group dissects the representation of accessibility needs in horror, questions the confidence of the heroine's cat, and ponders what they'd be wearing if they were victim to a home invasion. This episode contains spoilers.