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What Netflix’s User Review Removal Means for Horror Fans

By the end of August, user reviews of programming on Netflix will be a thing of the past. CNET reports that, “you’ll no longer be able to post written reviews as of July 30, and then in mid-August existing written reviews will be removed,” and the speculation is that this move coincides with Netflix’s intention of phasing out third party content and increasing the amount of their own original content available on the platform.

While Netflix has a lot of great programming, it isn’t exactly known for consistency across all of its offerings, and viewers are bound to regret several impromptu viewing choices when searching for lesser-known titles. User reviews were one way for viewers to decide if a program was worth their time. Obviously, numeric metrics can’t always account for personal tastes, but it’s usually a safe bet to skip something with an extremely low score. So, what will the removal of user reviews look like for horror fans? Fortunately, our genre of choice is in better shape than many other genres! read more

‘Little Evil’: The Horror News Network Review

There has been a lot of doom and gloom in the press about the impending death of the movie theater amidst the takeover of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The way the story goes is that these new conglomerates can attract the finest (and most expensive) talent and offer a viewing experience that can ultimately appeal to a wider audience than the current fare at the local multiplex. The only problem with this theory is that none of these services have served up an original movie that goes above and beyond my streaming expectations regardless of the impressive talent they’ve hired in front of or behind the camera. Unfortunately, Netflix’s Little Evil, which debuted this weekend, has done nothing to change my opinion on this issue. read more