Nickelodeon was a much different channel back in the 90s. Millennials like me who grew up in the decade no doubt remember the abundance of awesome television game shows, comedy shows, and shows aimed at teens. One such inclusion that caused us younger kids to sleep with the lights on was Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Very rarely do we see the words "horror" and "musical" in the same sentence, but it's not something that has never happened before. After all, we've had hits such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Phantom of the Opera, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Audiences were first introduced to a film adaptation of the classic Parker Brothers murder-mystery game, Clue, back in 1985. Despite having a cast of comedic stars such as Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Martin Mull, the film was basically a flop at the box office and somewhat fell on its face. However, a continued cult following of the murder-comedy has kept it alive for over 30-years and it has began slowly rising in cult popularity. Even with that, and a forthcoming remake with Ryan Reynolds, there are still many people who have never sat down to watch Clue.
It's a given that when the topic of anything "nerdy" comes up, the standard image that most people think of is that weird guy in the basement drinking unholy amounts of Mountain Dew and watching Star Trek. Right? While that stereotype might have some basis in reality, the nerd culture of today has evolved into something much different, and it includes a variety of fans from all walks of life which, yes, includes women.
There is really no denying that the "grotesque" has always been an important aspect of the horror genre. In both TV and film, creators have played on our superficiality as a culture. Seeing a deformity or rare disease often makes us uncomfortable, and it can amplify up the creep factor if utilized properly.
High school is that stressful place almost everyone has been to. While some seemed to find enjoyment out of it, a majority of us couldn't wait to walk out of the doors and never return. Someone who shared our desire to get out, but managed to have a little bit of fun in the process was Mean Girls' own Janis Ian.