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Movies, short films, and the like related to Halloween, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or the bizarre.

A Question of Violence: Part Two

In the last column I started to delve into the often sticky issue of violence against women in horror. If you did not read that, I suggest you do so first. As a horror writer, I can honestly say I am a slave to the story. I do not ever question violence against any character

A Question of Violence: Part One

As a writer who not only writes horror, but also writes about it, I get asked a lot of questions about the nuances of horror. I am often asked why characters in horror movies do stupid things such as going into the basement, why there has to be so many sequels, and the often polarizing

Devil Makes Three

As a child, one of my favorite horror franchises was the three films that revolved around a young boy named Damien. From a toddler to a statesman, the Omen franchise captured my, and much of America’s, imagination. How could such a delightful child be such a monster? It’s a fear any parent experiences at least

Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Franchises

When I mentioned to my girlfriend that I needed to think of something to write about for this week’s column, she immediately suggested Child’s Play because it was timely. My reaction to her suggestion was lukewarm. I had not seen the remake yet, so what could I say? I started to tell her my feelings

Banana Splat

As a kid I loved watching the reruns of The Banana Splits. It was a goofy show filled with nonsense and “hilarious” sound effects, but for some reason I was into it. I even collected (and still do) the comic books. When I heard a movie was coming out, I was baffled. It did not

Argento

If you want to throw someone into a nightmare, and they don’t love horror (or only like the Saw series), show them a film from Dario Argento. Anyone who is a fan has a favorite. Many like Suspiria (1977). Great film, but not my favorite. The one that I think works best is one a

Beheading As An Art

I get the hate for Hereditary. I do. I understand that in a world where horror has been affected by short attention spans and spoon-fed plots, that a film which builds tension and characters and does not necessarily answer all your questions, is going to be attacked. Hereditary is that film. It, like Mandy, divided

[Creator Corner]

Safe and Sound — Short Film Kickstarter

Hello, I’m Ian Kammer, the director and co-writer of the short film Safe and Sound, a genre film in the tone of The Descent, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Halloween, that follows a young woman at the center of a subterranean monster invasion in a suburban Southern California home. Growing up in the

This is Us

After seeing Us I think I can safely say the scariest thing about it was the trailer. I did not hate it, though. In fact, I thought it was a well-done horror film, and I am glad it did well at the box office and resonated with people. I just came out of it feeling

The Crow

25 years ago, The Crow was released. I saw it then, a few more times over the years on VHS, DVD, and now, 25 years later, I’ve just seen it on Blu-ray, with better picture and sound than I’d ever seen it before. Still just as incredibly beautiful and tragic, and I’ve only noticed more