‘Maximum Overdrive’: Stephen King’s Brain on Drugs

Stephen King is perhaps the most prolific and pop-culture-influencing author alive today, particularly within the horror genre. No one else has produced as many iconic, fan-favorite scary stories as the Maine native has throughout his decades-long career. From Carrie all the way up through to The Outsider, King has been steadily cranking out gruesome hits since the early 1970s, and shows no signs of stopping … Continue reading ‘Maximum Overdrive’: Stephen King’s Brain on Drugs

‘Re-Animator:’ Lovecraftian Horror in it’s Most Delicious, Digestible Form

I hate H.P. Lovecraft. Sure, I love the meme-ry of his work in pop culture, all the references to Cthulu, Elder Gods, and Old Ones, all that fun stuff. I know the Shoggoths and the city of R’lyeh, and I’m pretty well-versed in all the horrors of Dunwich and the madness in the mountains. But man, his writing is just… no fun. At all. Lovecraft … Continue reading ‘Re-Animator:’ Lovecraftian Horror in it’s Most Delicious, Digestible Form

‘The Strangers:’ Why a Consistent Atmosphere Matters

It’s a fun experience, revisiting a film you haven’t seen in a long time. Especially one that you haven’t seen since you were younger. When you’re a kid, everything seems to hit harder. Comedy is funnier, horror is scarier, you get the full range of emotions in a much stronger way than I think we do as adults. Granted, we’re also idiots at that age, … Continue reading ‘The Strangers:’ Why a Consistent Atmosphere Matters

Willow Creek, and the Dangers of Finding Bigfoot

Try to think of a goofier monster than Bigfoot. I dare you. Despite being a mysterious, enigmatic cryptid, a creature that could possibly really exist somewhere out there in the forests of the American Pacific northwest, it’s been pretty much rendered a hokey joke by pop culture. The name Sasquatch doesn’t so much conjure the image of an elusive, majestic mythological beast so much as … Continue reading Willow Creek, and the Dangers of Finding Bigfoot

It’s Cowboys vs Cannibals in ‘Bone Tomahawk’

I used to hate westerns. My great-grandfather was obsessed with them, and as I kid I never understood why. They bored me to tears. It seemed like every single film in the genre had the exact same plot, the exact same characters, and the exact same showdown at the climax. To younger me, if it didn’t have lasers, aliens, or explosions, then it wasn’t worth … Continue reading It’s Cowboys vs Cannibals in ‘Bone Tomahawk’

Halloween ‘Kills’ More Than it Does Anything Else

The Halloween franchise has had just about as long and storied a history as a horror series can possibly have at this point, with all the highs and lows that naturally come with something that’s been more or less ongoing for over forty years now. From John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 classic all the way through Rob Zombie’s ill-conceived reimaginings in the early 2000s, this slasher … Continue reading Halloween ‘Kills’ More Than it Does Anything Else

‘The House of the Devil’: Satanic-Panic in Style

Before I get into the topic at hand today, first we need a quick history lesson: In the early 1980s, a wave of reports swept the United States, Canada, and many parts of Europe, alleging supposedly occult explanations and causes for a wide range of different crimes and abuse scandals. Dubbed the “Satanic Panic” by the media, largely in retrospect, this rise in religious hysteria … Continue reading ‘The House of the Devil’: Satanic-Panic in Style

“VHS 94:” Mostly Forgettable Analog Schlock

As I’ve said before on this site, I love anthology horror films. I find that, historically, filmmakers are able to be more creative and more inventive with the short film format than they ever are with feature-length films, mostly because they aren’t bogged down with all the narrative trappings that accompany a 90-minute-plus runtime. Movies like Creepshow and The ABC’s of Death are so full … Continue reading “VHS 94:” Mostly Forgettable Analog Schlock

‘Sinister’ and the Science of Scares

About a year ago, Forbes reported on a study that was conducted which supposedly sought out to test, objectively and scientifically, what was the scariest horror movie of all time. The experiment was fairly simple and straightforward: Subjects were hooked up to heartrate monitors  and subjected to over a hundred hours of horror films, ranging from classics like The Exorcist to more modern films like … Continue reading ‘Sinister’ and the Science of Scares

‘The People Under the Stairs’ and its Complex Legacy as a White-Helmed ‘Urban’ Horror Story

You know, it’s a shame that it’s taken me so long to talk about ‘The People Under the Stairs’, considering that it’s the film that this site is literally named after. But since I’ve been cranking out so much content in preparation for Halloween this year, I figured I really have no excuse at this point. And, frankly, the film is as topical now as … Continue reading ‘The People Under the Stairs’ and its Complex Legacy as a White-Helmed ‘Urban’ Horror Story