CREEP and the Big Bad “C-Word”

A lot of things change when you find out you’re dying. People who were mean to you decades ago will come out of the woodwork and try to make amends, everyone around you starts to handle you with kid-gloves, and perfect strangers will let you do whatever the hell you want. My family likes to […]

4 Year Olds Can Watch Stephen King’s IT: and Other Questionable Decisions My Parents Made Raising Me

The days of sneaking into living rooms to catch midnight horror movies when your parents were fast asleep have now been replaced by minimizing Netflix browser windows when Mom thinks you’re playing Minecraft. The elusive “horror movie back rooms” in video stores are now just a few key words into Google. Considering how easy it is […]

THE STRUGGLE OF SURVIVAL: Horror Films and Real Life Recovery

There’s a lot of dying in horror films.  A Lot of dying.  Even if there isn’t a single death in a horror movie, we can safely assume a great deal of the horror comes from the fear of dying.  For the most part, the comfort we feel as an audience member is either when our […]

THE BENEFITS OF TRANSITION HORROR

As did many of you this holiday season, I spent my evening watching the classic Christmas jam, GREMLINS.  I remember begging my parents to let me watch GREMLINS when I was about six years old, and considering some of the more extreme stuff I had watched as a child, Joe Dante’s masterpiece was a walk […]

Charming Men with Side Smirks: A comparison of FRIGHT NIGHT’s Jerry Dandridge and THE GUEST’s “David”

At the peak of my transition from childhood into womanhood, I rented a VHS copy of FRIGHT NIGHT from my local video store.  I had small crushes growing up on people like the boy who sat in front of me in choir, but when my 12 year old eyes saw Christopher Sarandon’s performance as Jerry […]

The Importance of Blondes in Classic Horror

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”  — Alfred Hitchcock To be a person of virtue, one must possess the characteristics of being morally just and kind-hearted.  It is rather easy to determine whether or not a person is virtuous based on interactions with them, but to […]

JUMP SCARES: OPTION OR OBSESSION?

I’ve been writing publicly about horror films for a little over five years, and I’ve been watching a healthy dose of horror films for over two decades.  One would think that after watching so many films, I’d be desensitized to all of the traditional tricks and tropes that trigger a response from the average audience […]

LAKE MUNGO: THE MOST UNSETTLING MOVIE WHERE NOTHING HAPPENS

I’ve successfully been harassing the Killer POV crew for a while now about watching the Australian ghost flick, LAKE MUNGO.  When I was a sophomore in college, I came across this film at a Family Video store and I knew absolutely nothing about it.  The cover art drew me in and I went through a […]