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[Bite-sized Horror]

Invasion is Very Good, But You Hate It — Why?

Going by IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings, 5.9 and 46% respectively, most people seem to hate the new Apple TV+ sci-fi series, Invasion. But, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why? I’ve now completed the entire first season, and the show has already been renewed for a second season. The show has

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Other Horror Franchises Can’t Fuck with the Chuck

Charles Lee Ray, the “Lakeshore Strangler,” “Chucky,” may in fact be the most popular horror villain of all time. I know I’m going to get some push-back on this, but hear me out. Among hardcore horror fans, this generally isn’t true, where the more popular franchises are Friday the 13th (my personal favorite), Nightmare on

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The Internet, Nostalgia, and the Enduring Appeal of “Lost Episode” Creepypastas

Those of us who grew up using the internet before it fully became mainstream are no strangers to horror. During the early aughts, the digital Wild West gave rise to shock sites and screamer videos that were frequented by many a middle-schooler on a dare. But among Rotten.com and zombie-jump-scare-coffee commercials was a more artistic–and

[Guest Posts]

The Importance of Kid-Horror

Kids in the ’50s gobbled up the gruesome morality tales of EC comics. These stories thrilled a generation with their depictions of terrible people getting punished for doing terrible things. They were fun, beautifully drawn… and wildly inappropriate, so much so that the entire comic book industry was forced to water everything down for decades

[Bite-sized Horror]

The New Animaniacs Halloween Special!

As a kid, I loved the original Animaniacs (1993) and Pinky and the Brain. I’m not sure it ever really was a “kids” show per se though, and I’m sure most of the more clever jokes flew right over my head, so it’s only more enjoyable to watch now, as an adult. The artwork of

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Creating a Ghostwatch Inspired Hoax and the Loss of My Belief in Ghosts

This is a two-part post. In the previous post I reflected on the impact Ghostwatch had on me. In the countdown to Christmas in 1992, at the age of 11, I was having sleepless nights, not due to the usual excitement, but thanks to the lingering fear left over from watching Ghostwatch months earlier. However,

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Ghostwatch 30 Years On — My Own Personal Horror

For a young, impressionable 10-year-old with an unhealthy obsession with the paranormal and an overactive imagination, was the BBC’s Ghostwatch a Halloween trick or treat? In this two-part article, I look back on the most terrifying experience of my life and how this eventually cured me of my fears. As a young child, I was

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The Forgotten Frankenstein Sitcom of 1979

CBS had no shortage of classic prime time comedies in the 1970s. This was the era of All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, and more. For some reason, though, the network just couldn’t get a foothold on Wednesday nights. It became a veritable Bermuda Triangle of comedy, with show after show

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Revisiting the Movie that Warped My Mind as a Child

When you’re a kid, movies can get to you in a way that they just can’t when you’re grown up. By the time you’re in elementary school, you know a lot about what’s supposedly “real” and what’s supposedly “unreal,” but the line between those worlds is blurrier. Generally, your imagination is a lot more active