Slasher Horror Reigns Supreme!

Friday the 13th (1980)

The Infamous Slashers A handful of well-known names spring to mind when slasher horror films come up in conversation. It’s knives out!  There’s fan-favorite Michael Meyers. The asylum-escapee ruins Halloween (1978) for the town of Haddonfield. Jason Voorhees, the boy everybody loved to tease. Chasing unlucky sexed-up camp counselors with a machete. Remember that one Friday the 13th (1980) at Camp Crystal Lake? Who can forget Freddy? The dude in the red-and-green striped Christmas sweater. With a burned face and that homemade knife-glove. Who kept giving those kids A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)! And what about sweet, darling Chucky? … Continue reading

Hold it Steady! Found Footage Horror 

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The Revival of Found Footage At the turn of the 21st Century, a brilliantly simple low-budget film was made. Three student filmmakers, searching for clues to an urban legend. Wandering in the Black Hills of Maryland, the trio goes missing. After their equipment is discovered, the footage reveals a terrifying encounter. Many film aficionados would say a cult classic born. What’s more, it would also become the best found-footage horror movie of all time.  Droves of horror fans flocked to witness The Blair Witch Project (1999). It has no memorable special effects. The improvised dialogue is not accompanied by a … Continue reading

Psychological Horror: Madness & Mindgames

Midsommar (2019)

The “Psycho” in Psychological Horror Movies   What makes a “psycho” in a psychological horror film so memorable? We find psychotic characters so fascinating. Interestingly, a sociopath is groomed to be difficult and manipulative. Psychopaths are born. What seems like an innocent summer getaway to a village of the sun, flowers, and festivities, in director, Ari Aster’s disturbing Midsommar (2019) is anything but innocent. Audiences meet Pelle, the gardener at Hårga. He is about as psycho as a psycho gets! Pelle’s parents burn to death in a mysterious fire. He kills to get a woman to remain at Hårga. Is … Continue reading

Body Horror. How Repulsive!

Frankenstein (1910)

The Invention of Body Horror   Inventor Thomas Edison was a man of many talents. Most people don’t know he was also a movie producer. No surprise, his films were made using a motion picture camera he invented. Whether by accident or on purpose, he also became the inventor of body horror. In 1910 Edison would greenlight the first production of Frankenstein as a feature film. For two centuries, Frankenstein films have filled movie theaters. Some twists on the classic story include director Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein (2015) told through the point-of-view of Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s loyal assistant. Depraved (2019) … Continue reading

Do you love scary horror movies? Find out why

Chucky And Andy (Alex Vincent) In Child's Play (1988) Movie Screenshot

I love scary horror movies. As a kid, I was always instructed to go with a friend, but had to be chaperoned by an older sibling. The narrative with my parents was that we were “going to see” a Muppets movie or Disney classic. Speaking to a G-rated film didn’t raise any eyebrows or cause our mother’s added anxiety. When we got dropped off at the movie theater, we’d gleefully wave as my mom’s car pulled away, then dash off to meet my best friend’s brother, Michael. He’d gone ahead of us and bought our tickets, with our allowance money “plus … Continue reading