November 25, 2021.Reading time 11 minutes.
Horror loves its ‘terrible places‘. The looming Gothic castles of Hammer horror movies. Remote cabins in dense woods. Haunted houses with creaking doors and dimly lit halls. According to American professor Carol J Clover, the ‘terrible place’ was one of several necessary ingredients for horror. Though they may not immediately come to mind, hotels have […]
April 30, 2020.Reading time 24 minutes.
They’re a Hollywood staple. Call them franchises or, the more en vogue term, ‘shared universes’. If you don’t have one, you want one. Already have one – develop more of them. Aside from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros has their DC Extended Universe and the MonsterVerse. But the horror genre has always had franchises […]
January 27, 2020.Reading time 10 minutes.
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 […]
October 31, 2018.Reading time 10 minutes.
Happy Halloween! Horror fans don’t need an excuse to watch a good scary movie. But it’s Halloween, a night where even non-horror fans can appreciate curling up on the couch with the lights out and a classic chiller. But how do you pick that one movie, or maybe two, to watch after the trick-or-treaters call […]
July 6, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]
May 12, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
Happy Mother’s Day! Every year we take one day to honour those special women that raised and molded us into the people we are today. Horror films, however, thrive by letting fear and darkness into corners where we normally feel safe. Here, in the world of horror films, you’ll find mothers for which not even […]