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.
The True "Golden Age of Horror"
“Since childhood, I’ve been faithful to monsters. I have been saved and absolved by them, because monsters, I believe, are patron saints of our blissful imperfection, and they allow and embody the possibility of failing. For 25 years, I have handcrafted very strange little tales made of motion, color, light and shadow … and in three precise instances, these strange stories, these fables, have saved my life. Once with Devil’s Backbone, once with Pan’s Labyrinth, and now with Shape of Water.” - Guillermo del Toro, Golden Globe Best Director acceptance speech, for The Shape of Water
The Cecil Hotel
When it comes to hotels, most of them are name brand. You see the same old signs for Windgate and the Marriot, with their offers of free breakfast and complimentary hot tub hours. There aren't many privately owned hotels left in this world, singular industry slowly becoming dominated by larger chains.
When Did Horror Become Mainstream?
“What is love, but a kind of creature waiting to be unbound? A malady. What does it bring any of us but…confusion and bedevilment?” says the prolific Dr. Victor Frankenstein on the gothic galore series Penny Dreadful. Gothic fiction will always have a place in our obsessions. Something about death, tragedy, horror, and batsh*t craziness is far too intriguing to pass up. Penny Dreadful reveled in these gothic fiction tropes while also reintroducing some of the most iconic characters that gothic fiction has to offer. A fraternized hyperbole of characteristics that range from madness, mystery, the supernatural, and, of course, creatures; these are the four legs that make the gothic fiction genre stand nice and tall.
Horror's most Iconic Hotel, The Timberline Lodge Will Host A New Horror Film Festival
In 1979, principal photography and aerial filming for Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' commenced at the Timberline Lodge in Mt.Hood, Oregon. Although it was the Stanley Hotel in Colorado that inspired Stephen King, the Timberline Lodge became the fictional Overlook Hotel. With the release of the movie, the lodge would never be the same. In fact, the hotel will be host to a new horror film festival, the Overlook Film Festival to be held in April, 2017.
15 Times Anime Proved It Can Deliver Horror Like Nothing Else
While horror is a genre staple for live-action movies, anime is different. Whether in film or TV, anime produced to generate intense fear, shock or disgust are not as popular in Japan as other stories. Compared to what we see in other circles, the balance between horror anime and other mainstream series such as Naruto and One Piece is uneven. But, once in a while, an anime makes the genre proud and sets a new standard for horror.
Classic Nickelodeon Show 'Are You Afraid of the Dark' Will Get a Film Adaptation
Why's that? After all, this is a brand back in the day on Nickelodeon of all places.... And Are You Afraid of the Dark?, while suitably dark and a bit disturbing in ways Goosebumps could never be, wasn't exactly the Saw series or anything.Pierre Roustan, Author of THE CAIN LETTERS and SCARY HORROR STUFF!
Best Horror Movie Cosplays
We all love seeing a good cosplay now and then, but the really good ones should make the movie feel realistic. As if, for some odd reason, that zombie has come to life. Cosplay does this for every fan, not just comics, and their creators live and breathe this life.
Contract Renewal Mean Everyone's Favorite Walking Dead Hero Is Safe for Another Year
If you've been watching the latest season of #TheWalkingDead, you know this season has been one of the most phenomenal so far and only five episodes have aired. Within those five episodes, The Walking Dead has set up numerous events from the accompanying Walking Dead comic series to take place during Season 7 and Season 8. However, there's one event, or rather one character in particular, who doesn't exist in The Walking Dead comics but has a very substantial role on the television series. The character in question is #Daryl.
A Living Nightmare: Someone Has Bought The 'Amityville Horror' House!
If you thought creaky floorboards or Granny's mothballs were the scariest thing lurking in your house, you may want to think again. From the #AmericanHorrorStory Murder House to House on Haunted Hill, there are some spooky ol' houses out there in Hollywoodland, however, none more so than the Amityville Horror house.
Horror Walks Among Us: Photographer Puts Horror Icons In Everyday Situations
How well do you really know your neighbors? No, this isn't To Catch a Predator, but what if there was a time that Michael Myers lived next door to you in Haddonfield? What if Jason cut your hedges, or Leatherface was your local butcher? In 2016 we are too busy staring at our phones to see what is right in front of our faces, so it is highly likely we might notice Freddy Krueger down at our local branch of Starbucks.
See Angus Scrimm's Tall Man in This Retro Fangoria Ad
Any horror fan who takes the genre seriously has no doubt seen, or at least heard of, the Phantasm movies. If not, you must have been hanging out in another dimension where the Tall Man, a fictional boogeyman played by #AngusScrimm in the series, does not control the population with his undead slaves. Fans like myself were heartbroken to hear of Angus's passing last year, but took some consolation from seeing him back in his defining role in last year's Phantasm Ravager. Enough of those tears, because the Tall Man is back to terrify you again! Confused? Stick around.
See More 15 Second Horror Films That'll Creep You Out...
Another year and another round of short-horror-films created by many a #filmmaker for the #15secondhorrorchallenge 2016. Being a writer/filmmaker myself I had to give it a second go and produced several entries for the competition (see last year's shorts and awards here). I've got to say I personally prefer my efforts this time around as they benefited from all my experiences last year. Plus I long to create 'short and sweet' horror video's that leave the viewer wanting more, did I achieve that? You tell me, here's three more 15-second horror films to send shivers down your spine...