pop culture

Pop culture for horror junkies; all about the famous films, creepypasta tales, trends and tropes that bled from the fringes of fright into the macabre mainstream.

  • W.S. Klass
    Published 3 days ago
    Ursula Dabrowsky Rising

    Ursula Dabrowsky Rising

    Independent film festivals open doors for filmmakers hoping to get into the business of making movies, and we can see that through the journey of Australian horror filmmaker Ursula Dabrowsky.
  • karen jodes capanan
    Published 4 days ago
    Recasting William Friedkin’s 1971 Classic The Exorcist In 2020

    Recasting William Friedkin’s 1971 Classic The Exorcist In 2020

    The Exorcist is one of the scariest films of all time and one of the fan’s favorite ones. However, it will be fun to imagine what the 2020 version of the film looks like with a different cast?
  • Jack thomson
    Published 6 days ago
    Scream 5 Has Finished Shooting

    Scream 5 Has Finished Shooting

    The shooting of the upcoming movie Scream 5 has officially wrapped—the fifth installment of the horror movie franchise is directed by Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin.
  • Cara Clark
    Published 17 days ago
    Why Is Friday 13th Feared?

    Why Is Friday 13th Feared?

    Today is Friday the 13th November, and depending on your beliefs you either didn’t notice or were acutely aware of the date looming on the calendar. The date has long been considered unlucky, with many ascribing misfortunes on the calendar rarity.
  • the nomadic trio
    Published 17 days ago
    Sometimes even the wolves are silent

    Sometimes even the wolves are silent

    I have always been curious about where it came from. The myth that wolves are drawn to howling at the full moon. Is it because wolves are more nocturnal than one might've believed? Or is it because “women of the night” in Pompeii howled like wolves when they were free for the next customer? What about us measly humans? What is it about the moon that draws us night owls to the moon to study its simple yet complicated beauty?
  • Culture Slate
    Published 22 days ago
    HBO is Releasing a 'Hellraiser' TV Show

    HBO is Releasing a 'Hellraiser' TV Show

    The 1980s gave us some of the best horror icons of all time. People like Freddy Kreuger, Jason Voorhees, and Chucky all came out of this golden era. However, one of them that is always in the conversation for most memorable is the Cenobite known as Pinhead from the Hellraiser series. First introduced onscreen in the 1987 film Hellraiser based on the Clive Barker novella The Hellbound Heart, it has memorable characters, an interesting story, and special effects that still hold up perfectly after 33 years. The film and its first sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II, are both considered classics of the horror genre. The law of diminishing returns hit the series hard, however, and Pinhead was forced into the world of direct to DVD films with stories taken from unrelated scripts that shoehorned Pinhead in for a few minutes, and directed by Alan Smithee, the name that directors use when they do not want to be credited for a movie, all to the tune of ten total films. While some people thought that the latest film in the franchise, 2018's Hellraiser: Judgement, was not the worst thing that happened in movie history, it was clear that, like the Alien and Terminator franchises, there had not been a truly good Hellraiser film since the second one.
  • karen jodes capanan
    Published 25 days ago
    Is Another the Most Horrifying Anime of all Time?

    Is Another the Most Horrifying Anime of all Time?

    When it comes to the debate of scariest anime of all time, several shows genuinely stand out. Some fans would say that Parasyte: The Maxim is the scariest since it makes them weirdly uncomfortable, while others might argue that the Corpse Party, because of its unending gore, is the most horrifying one. There are numerous others, including Hell Girl, Serial Experiments Lain, etc. that are good candidates, but none of them has been able to match Another’s shock value, which was released back in 2012.
  • Annie Kapur
    Published 26 days ago
    A Filmmaker's Guide to: Gothic Horror

    A Filmmaker's Guide to: Gothic Horror

    In this chapter of ‘the filmmaker’s guide’ we’re actually going to be learning about literature and film together. I understand that many of you are sitting in university during difficult times and finding it increasingly hard to study and I understand that many of you who are not at university or not planning on it are possibly stuck of what to do, need a break or even need to catch up on learning film before you get to the next level. This guide will be brief but will also contain: new vocabulary, concepts and theories, films to watch and we will be exploring something taboo until now in the ‘filmmaker’s guide’ - academia (abyss opens). Each article will explore a different concept of film, philosophy, literature or bibliography/filmography etc. in order to give you something new to learn each time we see each other. You can use some of the words amongst family and friends to sound clever or you can get back to me (email in bio) and tell me how you’re doing. So, strap in and prepare for the filmmaker’s guide to film studies because it is going to be one wild ride.
  • Trevor Wells
    Published about a month ago
    Short Horror Reviews: R.L. Stine's Rainy Night Theater

    Short Horror Reviews: R.L. Stine's Rainy Night Theater

    As a young bookworm and budding horror fanatic, R.L. Stine was a staple of my literary childhood. There was a time when I had an impressive collection of Goosebumps books, and Fear Street later became my go-to series for scary stories. So as you can imagine, the fact that a trilogy film adaptation of the latter series is slated to start next year has me excited. But until then, I'll be celebrating Halloween by taking a look at another series courtesy of my boyhood idol: Rainy Night Theater, a series of audio horror tales akin to his written works. So turn out the lights, chow down on some Halloween candy, and let's have a listen!
  • Brittany Crowe
    Published about a month ago
    The Bedsheet Ghost

    The Bedsheet Ghost

    Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, families remain concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones. Due to the economic implications of the pandemic, many families are also feeling the financial crunch. Not wanting to deprive children of the traditional Halloween experience, most parents are opting for a safe, affordable Halloween. When it comes to celebrating Halloween, what children really want is a costume that doesn’t compromise on scare factor. It can be argued that all a trick-or-treater really needs to embody Halloween’s most iconic figure is a white linen and a pair of scissors.
  • Josh Liaison
    Published about a month ago
    What "RuPaul's Drag Race" Can Learn From "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula"

    What "RuPaul's Drag Race" Can Learn From "The Boulet Brothers' Dragula"

    Like it or not, Halloween is upon us and, although this year has been scary enough, if you're looking to add a little more terror this season, I have the perfect thing for you, and it's much more important than a random slasher flick: The Boulet Brothers' Dragula
  • mindvomit
    Published about a month ago
    The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror

    The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror

    The Simpsons Halloween specials are a treat that fans expect every year. The episodes contain a supernatural, horror and often gory elements that are usually parodies of well-known movies. The first Halloween special aired in 1990 and recently the new episode was announced to be delayed until November 1st. I, and millions of others are eagerly anticipating the new Treehouse of Horror XXXI also celebrating its 31 year anniversary. I decided to re-watch and binge the whole series and wanted to share some of my favorite episodes. (not in any particular order)