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However you slice it, teen slashers will always be a horror staple — from 80s cult classics to modern reinventions like “Departing Seniors”.

Departing Seniors

Departing Seniors

We begin, as always, by discussing the latest and greatest horror news.

There are not enough haunted attractions. Haunts are set up all over the country during October, and most cities have some type of ghost tour. Yet, there are very few year-round places devoted to horror.

Blumhouse is doing something to fill that void. But can the studio responsible for The Exorcist: Believer and Truth or Dare really give horror audiences what they want?

There are so many zombie movies to choose from that even the good ones tend to be forgotten. 28 Days Later is one of the strongest entries in the genre, and its sequel is not too bad. For years, there has been talk of a third entry. We talk about the latest news concerning the movie and whether we want to see it.

Then, it’s on to our featured film reviews. 

Hide and Go Shriek

There have been occasional resurgences, but teen slashers saw their greatest output during the 80s. The genre became so popular that it was even able to break into the mainstream. The decade also saw several knockoffs that ended up becoming cult classics and fan favorites, like 1988’s Hide and Go Shriek (which you can stream for free on Tubi).

Maybe we are too old for Departing Seniors. A familiar premise with a modern perspective, the film had us wondering what today’s youth are really like. We are not sure if all of today’s high school students are pieces of crap or if it is just a case of poor writing? Where do you draw the line between bravery and cowardice?

One thing is for certain: the 2024 film is a great entry point for younger audiences looking to try out teen slashers.

It does not have the cringier elements found in older movies while dealing with topical issues. It is also well-acted and has a fun little story. There are some flaws along the way, but it is definitely worth checking out now on VOD.

ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror.

Intro by Julio Mena: Bandcamp | Instagram

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