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How Freddy Krueger Survived the Slasher-Heavy ‘80s Slasher

In a decade populated by some of the finest films of the horror genre, the rise of mainstream success for David Cronenberg with Videodrome,The Fly, and Scanners, alongside John Carpenter's The Thing, and a whole host of...


The Uncanny Horror of ‘Megacorporations’ in Theme Park Storytelling

"Fellow executives, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the future of law enforcement," says Dick Jones, Senior Vice President of Omni Consumer Products, shortly before his pièce de...


‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ and the Terror of the Self

On April 13, 1973, Henry Darger died in Chicago, Illinois, at 81. Darger was a recluse, an isolated old man who was known by his neighbors as an eccentric who rarely spoke to others. He worked menial jobs as a janitor,...


Gayle Weathers and Controlling the Narrative of ‘Scream’

Since its release in 1996, Wes Craven's Scream has become synonymous with the Slasher sub-genre revival for its satirical take on horror and youth culture. Although none of the sequels have matched the critical...


‘Shirley’ and Unraveling the Mind of an Iconic Horror Writer

Josephine Decker, director of experimental drama Madeline's Madeline, explores American horror writer Shirley Jackson's life in her 2020 film, Shirley. Jackson, who has written six novels, two memoirs, and...


Exploring the Understated J-horror Remake ‘Dark Water’

When Walter Salles' Dark Water was released in July 2005, it was part of a wave of American remakes of Asian (primarily Japanese) horror movies, following the successful American J-horror remakes The...


Cursed: ‘Ginger Snaps’ Revisited

"Adolescence is like becoming a monster." I had not yet heard this quote from director John Fawcett before my first viewing of Ginger Snaps. If I had, I might have been better prepared to face the beast...


Bette Davis and the Horror of Age

"It wasn't just that she was pretty." One of the old reviews for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? references director Robert Aldrich's "feeble attempts […] to suggest the irony of two...


‘Night in the Woods’ and the Horror of the Mundane

Lovecraftian horror, also known as cosmic horror, is a branch of the genre that often slips under the radar. Described by writer K. Bevis on Medium as, "a horror that looks at the macrocosm of life,"...


‘Sinister’ and the Obsession of True Crime

The 2012 supernatural horror film ​Sinister​ is incredibly ​chilling​ ​with its well-crafted jump scares and dark themes of violence within the family unit. Our protagonist, Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke), moves his...


Finding Closure in the Overlook Hotel

"We don't end. I don't know much else, but I know that we don't end." In an increasingly uncertain and rocky present, my twenties have almost been entirely defined by reflecting on my own self,...


Desire and the Devil: Exploring Sexuality in ‘The Exorcist’

William Friedkin's The Exorcist was an unprecedented hit. The film was released in cinemas in 1973 and had audience members queuing for hours, with some flocking to see it more than once. One viewer told The New...


On David Cronenberg’s Mind-Blowing ‘Scanners’

In the dark, cybernetic world sprung from the imagination of writer-director David Cronenberg, some people are born with powerful telepathy known as “scanning.” Scanners has given us some of the most...