‘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

Scares from Space: The Best of Extraterrestrial Horror

Most horror is Earthbound. The terror on our screens is based on monsters from our own world, or at the very least, worlds that are connected to ours. Creatures emerge from the woods or the sea to hunt us for dinner. Murderers and psychopaths escape from asylums or wander out of abandoned campgrounds to stalk us from the shadows. Vengeful spirits and malevolent demons arise … Continue reading Scares from Space: The Best of Extraterrestrial Horror

‘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

“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

Spooky Segments: The Best of Horror Anthologies

Sometimes, a movie is just too much of a commitment. You’re tired, you’re distracted, you’re unfocused. You want to watch something, but you also don’t want to have to devote your attention to a full-length, two-hour story. You want something snappy, something quick and punchy, something that can keep your interests in short, controlled bursts. I understand this feeling all too well. I love movies, … Continue reading Spooky Segments: The Best of Horror Anthologies

The Suicide Squad: James Gunn Finally Unleashed

I like to think of myself as pretty well-versed in comic book lore and mythology at this point. There’s a lot of obscure characters out there in Marvel and DC comic canon, which is understandable given that both companies have been around for the better part of a century now. They’re bound to pick up some oddball, one-off heroes and villains along the way. And, … Continue reading The Suicide Squad: James Gunn Finally Unleashed

How A Quiet Place 2 is the Polar Opposite of Aliens, and Why That’s a Good Thing

The number one problem with horror movie sequels, especially those that venture into monster/creature/alien territory, is that of escalation. When the premise of a horror film centers around one singular entity as the main threat, the film can then end in only one of two ways, for the most part: Either the protagonist defeats the threat, or is ultimately killed by it. Either of these … Continue reading How A Quiet Place 2 is the Polar Opposite of Aliens, and Why That’s a Good Thing

The Completely, Objectively Correct Star Wars Ranking

It’s Star Wars week this week (which is basically my Hanukkah) and to celebrate, I decided to do something that I’ve honestly been avoiding for several years now: Ranking the Star Wars films. It’s like trying to pick your favorite child, only harder, because some kids are just genuinely awful, and Star Wars is pretty fantastic on the whole. After spending about a week ruminating … Continue reading The Completely, Objectively Correct Star Wars Ranking

Godzilla vs Kong: An Experiment with Home Theater

If you’re anywhere near as obsessed with the cinema as I am, then the past year or so has likely been absolute torture for you. By my count, it’s been something like 13 months since I last saw a movie in a proper theater, and I’m genuinely going crazy. I was lucky enough that my last experience was a good one, seeing Leigh Whannell’s fantastic … Continue reading Godzilla vs Kong: An Experiment with Home Theater

Forget Godzilla and Kong: Cloverfield is the Modern King of the Monsters

With this week’s arrival of the first official trailer for Godzilla vs Kong, and the subsequent explosion of discussion, hype, and sheer meme-ry that has emerged in its wake, it’s safe to say that audiences have giant monsters on the brain right now. Sure, this could partially be due to the fact that we really haven’t seen marketing for a major blockbuster film in over a year (thank … Continue reading Forget Godzilla and Kong: Cloverfield is the Modern King of the Monsters