Sleepy Hollow

Why Sleepy Hollow Should be Remembered as One of Tim Burton’s Best

Almost everything Tim Burton has done in his career has been influenced by Gothic horror. His influences stretch back from the Hammer era to silent classics like The Cabinet...

Album Review: Prequelle is Ghost at Their Finest

On June 1st, Sweden’s occult rock hero’s Ghost released their 4th album entitled Prequelle to mostly favorable reviews and fan approval. As of this writing Prequelle is hitting the Top 10 in album charts in...
Ghost

Event Report: Ghost Haunts Columbus, Ohio

Whether you love or hate the band Ghost they have their legion of fans and a Grammy win in their corner so they must be doing something right. Ghost has...
MegaCon

Event Recap: MegaCon 2018

Last year’s MegaCon was among the most enjoyable I’ve ever attended. Much of that was, of course, due to the events, the guests, and the overall planning from the...
Hammer Horror Films

Five of the Most Overlooked Hammer Horror Movies

After the Universal era of horror movies through the 1930's and '40's, the genre began to die out and was replaced by science fiction. It looked like horror was all...
Jacob's Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder and the Process of Dying

Jacob's Ladder, released in 1990, puzzled audiences and critics. Dealing with complicated issues of loss, grief, paranoia, hallucinations, death, and rebirth, the film demands multiple viewings to be fully...
Night of the Creeps

How Night of the Creeps Revitalized the ’50s Monster Movie

During the 1980s, there were a lot of films that tried to recapture the spirit of the 1950s monster movie. They weren’t just limited to horror either. Everything from Gremlins...
Martin

Why One of George Romero’s Best Pictures isn’t Even a Zombie Film

The name George Romero is synonymous with the zombie sub-genre. His first feature, Night of the Living Dead, was absolutely groundbreaking. It changed the game in a lot of...
Lucio Fulci

Gore Monger: How Lucio Fulci Helped Redefine Italian Horror

To some degree Italian horror used to dictate the landscape of American horror. The Giallo films of yesteryear, for example, paved the way for the American slasher film. Directors like...
In the Mouth of Madness

Why In the Mouth of Madness is One of the Most Underrated Meta-Horrors

Scream and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare are widely regarded as the two movies that kicked off meta-horror in the 1990’s. Both were, in their own way, deconstructions of the...
Halloween, Ginger Snaps

How Ginger Snaps Helped the Horror Genre and Found its Audience

Ginger Snaps--as I've written about here--is one of the best horror movies of the past fifteen years, period. It’s among the great werewolf films of all time. Yes, it...
Alien (1979) The problem with sub-genres - label makers

How Alien Raised the Bar for Visuals in Horror

Throughout most of the 1970’s, horror was very focused on realism. There was a transition period in the previous decade that moved the genre away from the gothic Hammer...
Return to Horror High

Why Return to Horror High was Insanely Ahead of Its Time

Return to Horror High is a low-budget slasher from the late ‘80’s, which was a notoriously bad time for the sub-genre. Not only were the films cheap, they generally...
Mosquito

Why Mosquito is a Shameless, Goofy Good Time

If there’s one low budget monster movie that people my age tend to remember, even if they’re not necessarily horror fans, it’s Mosquito. I can’t really fathom why that...
Halloween 6

Why Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Actually Isn’t a Bad Film

Every once in a great while, a horror film is released that is universally embraced by fans from all walks of life. From the superb writing, visionary direction and stellar acting,...