Kasey Rae is a New York City filmmaker, writer, and multi-media artist. She focuses on culture, film, literature, and more.
This Halloween brought with it a new family-friendly horror film. Rahl Dahl’s 'The Witches' is about a group of evil witches, and more importantly, how to identify them. "A real witch doesn’t have hands. She’s got claws." Grandma, one of the movie's protagonists, tells her anxious grandson along with the audience, "And they don’t have toes. Their ugly feet look like their toes got chopped off with an ax. And all witches are bald. As bald as a boiled egg." In the film, these witches are also compared to "demons in human shape." This draws a brutal connection off-screen directly to the film's audience; that those with limb differences are demonic. Many communities have been affected by the demonization of these characteristics.
Short films make perfect little bite-sized scares for an intimate Halloween night, party, or a virtual hang out! With these short horror films, your room will be filled with some interesting spookiness for the best night of the year! These films also make a great introduction to types of horror you may not have tried out yet, such as social horror, paranormal, animation, and experimental.
The sky is a ghost, stretching all around her. Zo imagines she has been swallowed up by the spirit of a whale, one that knows the way back home. She can see twice the length of her own body in every direction before whisps of white cloud her vision. Her skin is cool and wet but her throat is scratched dry from screaming out for her parents. Last she saw them, they were standing on the hill that separates the flat valley from the river. They told her not to walk towards it, and she wanted to listen, but another voice was louder and more beautiful.
“The Social Dilemma” brings together social media app leaders to discuss the unstoppable monster of their own creation. This Netflix Documentary is a bold warning of the unforeseen strength that lies within our technological devices. Some ramifications of tech usage have undeniably negative consequences which are highlighted in the film, but will it truly lead to civilizations' downfall as the documentary suggests?
The ancient greek world was full of dark wonderous beasts- their birth and destruction rooted in human sin. The Mares of Diomedes lived in a kingdom on the shore of the Black Sea, where a corrupt king rules his people with fear. King Diomedes is the half-mortal son of Ares, the Greek God of war. Perhaps he was born with violence already boiling in his veins. Perhaps this is why he devised a plan to feed his fillies with human-flesh so that when they become mares, they will feast upon his enemies and be the greatest weapon in all of Greece.
In Halloween (2018) Michael Myers and Laurie Strode's deadly battle has stretched across four long decades. 40 years of being locked away. Michael Myers is being held for the second time at a high-security mental institute following his 1978 murder spree (the one which kicked off the major franchise) in the original Halloween film. Laurie Strode is bound in a prison of her own making- constructed like an apocalyptic prepper's doomsday bunker keeping her safe from a seemingly obsessed serial killer. In this Halloween we're left to wonder, why is Michael Myers really dedicated to murdering Laurie Strode? Perhaps out of some antithesis of love? Do they share some sort of connection? Does he even care about her... or could it be Laurie’s obsession that is keeping her trapped?
Why is it that when we think comics, we tend to think superhero and villain? Ignoring the Hollywood influence, the answer is physiological. Our species has a long history of sharing stories through the drawn image. Charcoal and limonite on cave walls has transformed into ink on bound glossy paper. Human brains are LATENT with narcissism, making it essential that we see ourselves in the stories we read. Our hopes lie in the hero, our mistakes with the villain, and our endless efforts of self-improvement match that of the classic anti-hero. What about the other aspects of humanity? The full spectrum of love, growing up, illness, and the horror that lies in even the banalest existence.