Monster Mash: Song Recommendations for Your Halloween Playlist

It’s October and Halloween season has officially started. Stuck amidst a global pandemic and traditional trick-or-treating looking pretty unlikely, families will be looking for other ways to celebrate the holiday. Maybe you’re having a Halloween party. Or perhaps you just want to shake the COVID-19 blues and get into the Halloween spirit. Christmas music will […]

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Mental Illness in Horror Movies: Exploiting and Stigmatizing For Scares

Years before Joker raised a furor, the American Psychiatric Associated (APA) levelled similar criticisms at DC Comics. Specifically, the APA took issue with Batman’s ‘rogues gallery’ and its misrepresentation of mental illness. Outside of comics, popular culture has historically misrepresented mental illness. Like mainstream news media, our movies and television entertainment have propagated the myth […]

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You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman: How To Watch The Halloween Franchise

It’s every horror fan’s favourite time of year. Halloween is just days away now. No doubt, many of you have already been queuing up your favourite scary movies. But what’s more fun than a movie marathon of your favourite series? And what better time to re-visit the Halloween franchise itself. But like any long-running horror […]

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Trick r’ Treat: Horror Anthology a Halloween Tradition

Horror anthology movie, Trick r’ Treat has an interesting history. Today, horror fans regard it as a ‘must-see’ classic. In line with this view, Shout! Factory put out a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray last year. And the movie’s writer and director, Michael Dougherty impressed enough to land Godzilla King of the Monsters earlier this year. But […]

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Haunted on Netflix: ‘Sort Of’, ‘Maybe’, ‘Not Really True’ Stories Back For Season 2

Last Halloween, Netflix released Mike Flanagan’s outstanding, The Haunting of Hill House. Oh, Netflix also released paranormal docu-series, Haunted. Of course, calling it a ‘docu-series’ is pretty generous. That is, no episode had any investigation or, you know, evidence. Haunted borrowed an infotainment format to put scary stuff up on screen to cash in on […]

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John Carpenter – The Horror Master’s Five Best Soundtracks

Alongside Wes Craven and George A Romero, John Carpenter is one of the preeminent horror filmmakers from the 1970’s and 1980’s. After over 40 years, Halloween and The Thing remain among the best horror movies made. Even more moderate successes – Prince of Darkness, The Fog, and They Live – are considered cult classics. In […]

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AHS 1984 Welcomes You To Camp Redwood

Like Saw movies in the 2000’s, a new season of American Horror Story has become a fall tradition this decade. Since its debut in 2011, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s horror anthology series has entertained and polarized fans. Across its eight seasons, American Horror Story (AHS) has roller-coaster’ed in terms of quality. From the good […]

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween: A Flawed But Disturbing Remake

After last year’s successful Halloween sequel, it’s almost hard to believe that just over ten years ago the franchise was getting rebooted. Following the dismal Halloween: Resurrection, a remake helmed by Rob Zombie promised a lot of upside for fans of the franchise. Few filmmakers could boast such a reverence for the source material and […]

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Halloween Resurrection: A Franchise-Killing Sequel

Last October, the Halloween franchise returned after laying dormant for over nine years. One of the ‘Big Three’ of slasher film franchises, along with Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, the Halloween movies have a much more convoluted timeline than their counterparts. Rob Zombie rebooted the franchise in 2007 and even managed […]

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Hellbilly Rob Zombie – His Films Ranked From Worst to First

With all the news trickling in about the upcoming sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell, it’s a good time to re-visit Rob Zombie’s filmography. Admittedly, I have been a huge fan of Zombie’s music from his days with White Zombie. Both Astro-Creep 2000 and Hellbilly Deluxe remain among some of my favourite albums. Given his […]

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