Masters of Horror

Whatever Happened to the Masters of Horror?

It’s a legitimate question. When it comes to the modern masters of horror, we all know their names. John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Clive Barker, George Romero, Joe Dante, Stuart...
Cover for the Hellraiser comic book

How the Hellraiser Comics Helped Expand the Mythology

When a title becomes embraced by a wide audience, when it becomes a franchise and people begin to get attached to it, it expands in ways the creators never...
TCM. Texas Chainsaw 3D. Leatherface.

After Remakes: The Current Trend of the Red Herring Reboot

Remakes were the trend of the 2000s. Found footage didn’t hit the mainstream until later. Asian ghost stories fizzled out around 2005, but from 2003 to 2009 remakes were...
Poster for Jason X

The Final Frontier: Why Franchises Inevitably End Up in Space

Space is a confusing location for a horror feature. It’s somewhere that every franchise winds up eventually, and yet it’s somewhere that nobody really wants to go. So why...
Halloween Series. John Carpenter's Halloween 1978 poster

Family Matters: The Contradictory Issues of the Halloween Franchise

Halloween, as a franchise, follows a fairly simple formula. Michael Myers is pretty much existing for the sole purpose of trimming his family tree. Almost every sequel sees him go...
Tim Curry. Why theatrical horror is still important in the streaming age. Rocky Horror Picture Show

Why Theatrical Horror is Still Important in the Streaming Age

Film is a rapidly changing medium. This isn’t surprising, really. It’s still relatively new. Something that’s been around for barely over a hundred years is going to find itself...
Paranormal Activity 5.

New Nightmares: How Horror Has Evolved Since 2010

It’s generally accepted that it’s hard to see the evolution of things as they’re happening. Only in retrospect do we really get an idea of how much things have...
Katie attacks man in the bathroom in I Spit on Your Grave 2

In Defense of Rape-Revenge Films

Through some of my writings as of late, I've come to discover that I have a greater concern for the way women are treated in horror films. If you call me...
panel at Texas Frightmare Weekend

Why Every Horror Fan Should Attend At Least One Convention

The experience of attending your first horror convention is unequaled. Being surrounded by all the scary and spooky things that you love, and sharing that with hundreds, maybe thousands,...
publicity still of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore for Bates Motel

Why Hannibal and Bates Motel Work So Well

At some point in almost every horror movie franchise, there is a film that attempts to tackle the origins of the killer. It makes sense, seeing as how we've...
The Internet Horror Genre.

How The Internet Could Do To Horror What it Did To The Music and...

A few weeks back, I read an article about the effects the Internet has had on the music industry, and I was surprised. I knew that CD sales were down...
Jason Voorhees mug shot

A Response to The New Republic: In Defense of Horror Fans

I’m writing this primarily as a fan. I have loved the genre as long as I can remember and it means the world to me. This article, which comes...
Internet Troll

Editorial: Why You Should Resolve to Stop Being a Troll in 2015

I am jumping on my soapbox for a minute to discuss something I can't quite wrap my head around: The nasty tendencies brought out in people by the Internet. Gamergate brought Internet trolls to the...
Deadly Spawn poster 1983

From The Thing To The Deadly Spawn: Whatever Happened to Aliens as Movie Monsters?

Sure, aliens pretty much hold a corner on the market in the science fiction genre, but they have also been a mainstay of the horror genre since its inception....
I Spit on Your Grave

Why I Spit On Your Grave is a Feminist Horror Film

Horror fans are a talkative group. Everyone has their opinions and everyone comes together to discuss film and draw attention to titles that may have otherwise been overlooked. Many mainstream critics do just...