The New Adventures in Horror: ‘The Nightmare’
Oct22

The New Adventures in Horror: ‘The Nightmare’

Effective horror has to have some element of feeling real. That’s why The Blair Witch Project became such a phenomenon, why so many ghost and possession movies claim to be “based on actual events,” and why you never ever CGI blood. Give us something too outlandish, like serial-killing snowmen, and the fear dissipates. For me personally, it’s the reason why I find movies like The Strangers much more frightening than, say, Poltergeist....

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3 Tips for Making Better Found-Footage Movies
Oct26

3 Tips for Making Better Found-Footage Movies

I’m a big fan of found-footage horror movies, which should come as no surprise. And I get that there are a lot of people who consider them largely garbage. There’s a lot a validity to the criticisms that get lobbied against found-footage films, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them. Really, it’s an offshoot of my love of the horror genre as a whole. Bad horror movies are still a lot of fun to watch. You can’t say the same about,...

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Things You Should Know About: The Fathers of Monsters
Oct17

Things You Should Know About: The Fathers of Monsters

Here’s the deal: Biopics rarely do it for me. I’ve found most either play too fast and loose with the truth, disrespecting their subjects, or are too slavish to the truth, creating a pretty boring point A to point B type of story. A better third option as I see it is when a biopic takes the truth and elevates it, making a person’s life represent something meaningful. You could make a biopic of Mr. Clean for God’s sake as long as his...

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Things You Should Know About: ‘Halloween H20’
Oct03

Things You Should Know About: ‘Halloween H20’

Here’s the deal: Sequels get a bad name. While it’s true that, every year, Hollywood churns out plenty of pandering and carbon-copy sequels for cash grabs, those practices shouldn’t be allowed to become our definition of what a sequel is. At its core, the presence of a sequel (or prequel, reboot, preboot or rebootquel) is that we, the audience, enjoy a given world and set of characters enough to want to visit them again. And though...

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