‘Jack Frost:’ Help, My Dad is an Undead Snow Lich and Also Michael Keaton

Before we really get into just how deeply unsettling this movie is, let me clear something up first: If you’re like me, you have fond memories from your childhood of wandering through the aisles of some nondescript video rental store (or a Blockbuster, if, unlike me, you actually grew up in civilization) on a Friday night, browsing through each shelf row by row while your … Continue reading ‘Jack Frost:’ Help, My Dad is an Undead Snow Lich and Also Michael Keaton

Festive War Crimes with ‘The Santa Clause’

Okay, so right off the bat, using The Santa Clause as an example of why Christmas movies are inherently terrifying is cheating a little, because c’mon: Tim Allen, right? A Trump worshipping, coke-trafficking snitch whose bizarre growls and groans in the Home Improvement era of his career suggest either demonic possession or genuine mental illness. His hardcore conservative views clash constantly with his Disneyfied, Buzz … Continue reading Festive War Crimes with ‘The Santa Clause’

The Blogger Under the Stairs is Here to Ruin Christmas!

I’ll be honest with you guys up front: I hate Christmas movies. With a burning passion. This is partially because I’m just innately a Grinch of pre-ghost Scroogean proportions. Sure, I’ll stomach a Christmas tree in the house and a few odd strands of twinkling lights, but I’ve never been one to really give myself fully to the holiday spirit. No ugly sweaters, no wreaths … Continue reading The Blogger Under the Stairs is Here to Ruin Christmas!

‘Paranormal Activity’ and How I Learned About Horror Movie Hype

It seems like every couple of years or so, there’s a big horror release that gets by on word-of-mouth alone. Some small, low-budget little movie that takes the public by storm, and unleashes a torrent of hush-hush, “oh my gosh, that was so scary!” conversations in school cafeterias, by office water-coolers, and now, on internet chat forums like Reddit. In the late 90s you had … Continue reading ‘Paranormal Activity’ and How I Learned About Horror Movie Hype

How Many References are in this One Frame of ‘Cabin in the Woods?’

Got a bit of a silly one for you guys today. Cabin in the Woods is one, I think, one of the most rewatchable horror movies ever made. Part of that is due to its fun, snappy, Joss Whedon sensibilities. The dialogue is clever and catchy, without being overly obnoxious or twee, and the plot is just complex enough to be intriguing without bogging the … Continue reading How Many References are in this One Frame of ‘Cabin in the Woods?’

An October Mission Statement from The Blogger Under the Stairs

Quick confession time: This site isn’t what it was supposed to be. Originally, its purpose was to be, predominantly, a place where I could rant about horror movies. I really wanted to set aside a digital space where I could really talk, at length, about horror in film, from popular classics to obscure, cult favorites. I really enjoy talking about horror, as anyone who’s ever … Continue reading An October Mission Statement from The Blogger Under the Stairs