While I would in no way consider myself to be a filmmaker in the respect of attempting to get into it as a profession, over the past few years I … Continue Reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Cinema
The notion of an “unfilmable” book has existed ever since screenplays have been adapted from literature. For a time, a book could garner this reputation simply because of the limitations … Continue Reading A Literary High: Cronenberg’s Unfilmable Authors Trilogy
For those of you who aren’t aware, October 9th is a very special day. A sacred day, even. For you see, it is the birthday of my best friend (tied … Continue Reading The 4th Annual Scare Crow Film Festival!
I don’t know if this is a controversial position — or, ugh, a “hot take,” one of the worst things about the internet at the moment — but it has … Continue Reading An Open Letter to the Horror Community — And All Other Fandoms, For That Matter
The term “cult movie” has probably never been as widely used as it is now, yet doing something as simple as googling the term “cult movies” will yield such an … Continue Reading So Just What Exactly Is a Cult Movie Anyway?
Imagine, for a moment, a person who eats almost exclusively fast food. Ignoring the health risks of such a diet, is there anything inherently wrong about this decision? No, not … Continue Reading The Populist Problem in Movie Discourse
I sometimes wonder if these people even truly like watching movies or if they derive more pleasure and satisfaction from smugly believing they’ve won a debate with someone on Twitter and movies are merely a convenient subject for them.
When I was six years old, my school held a Halloween costume contest whose result might have helped to shape my future taste. All of the students assembled in the … Continue Reading The Halloween Costume Contest, or: In Defense of “So Bad It’s Good” Movies
“In England, I’m a horror movie director. In Germany, I’m a filmmaker. In the U.S., I’m a bum.” John Carpenter once said that about how he’s perceived in different countries. … Continue Reading John Carpenter’s America
I thought I would try something a little different around here. You may have noticed in my writing here that I’m quite fond of Italian genre movies of the ’60s … Continue Reading A Musical Tribute to Italian Genre Movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s
It seems like every time a horror movie happens to become a hit with film critics, they always have to make it a point to say that it’s “a horror … Continue Reading Horror Movies with Brains (Literally): A History of Killer Brain Movies
Among killer animal movies, sharks tend to get the lion’s share (or shark’s share?) of the attention. Sharksploitation has been a full-fledged genre for a long time now, even predating … Continue Reading A History of Crocsploitation (Crocodile and Alligator Movies, That Is)
The degree of its vulgarity is ever wavering, but to the critical establishment, “horror” is still a dirty word. Skim through even most positive reviews of recent horror films published … Continue Reading On Critics and Horror
“…the whole world’s my hiding place. I can stand there amongst them in the day or night and laugh at them.” -Jack Griffin, The Invisible Man (1933) The Invisible Man … Continue Reading The Invisible Man on the Internet
Horror fans are a more diverse bunch than people give us credit for. Listing off the different subgenres of horror would not be unlike Bubba talking about shrimp in Forrest … Continue Reading 13 Horror Movies Every Goth Should See
If there’s a common element to the stories that have captured the imaginations of entire cultures over time, it’s rather obviously mythology. People innately respond to myths. This goes back … Continue Reading Why Horror Will Never Be as Popular as Sci-Fi or Fantasy — and Why That’s Okay