Onibaba (1964). Abstract, disturbing, and rich in subtext. Takes the classic ghost story narrative and adds layers of depth and nuance. Two women fight for survival by killing unaware Samurai and selling their clothes for food. However their quiet monotonous struggle is rocked by an affair with a returning soldier and an unexpected meeting with a mysterious masked Samurai. Written and Directed by Kaneto Shinido, a member of the loosely termed ‘Japanese New Wave’, Onibaba rocked the film world for its provocative nudity, liberal approach to sexuality, and its dark, disturbing horror steeped in spirituality. Originally going unreleased in British cinemas and causing a storm with censors, it was only after being re-cut four years later did it finally reach British audiences. Shinido forgets the jump scare and choses to instil a sense of dread, lodging itself in the mind of the audience long after the credits have rolled.
Epistolary writing was one of the earliest versions of reality entertainment. In the 17th century, epistolary works often started with letters between two lovers. Audiences back then were drawn to the quarrels and interpretations of the text and context between two characters the way our society gets sucked into scandals with revealing messages on social media, private texts, and the like. Epistolary writing is still used to this day for the sake of worldbuilding and characterization in roleplay video games, films, and other fictional works, proving there is still value to the way audiences see a letter, a journal entry, a news article, and other snippets of information. Bram Stoker wrote Dracula as a complex collection of documents, creating a more modified version of the epistolary form. There are essential techniques a fiction writer can reference from Stoker’s horror classic. We’ll explore those techniques after a brief history of the epistolary style’s rise and fall and Stoker’s artistic influences.
Actually, you'll probably won't be surprised at all. After all, this is an iconic structure heralded with history of the bloody kind. In Salt Lake City, Utah, this house at 509 E. 3rd Ave. N features four beastly bedrooms and 2.25 bathrooms; and if you ever had the pleasure of perusing the dark halls of the place where Michael Myers wreaked havoc, you'd be welcome to the splendor that is the genre of scary horror stuff!
We all remember when we were children, being taught silly yet cute nursery rhymes from books, schools, or our parents. But not many people are ever sure of the real idea behind certain nursery rhymes. Such as Jack and Jill, Ring Around the Rosie, and so many more. I’m going to tell you guys the darkly twisted meanings behind these wildly popular nursery rhymes we were taught as children, without knowing what they really meant. Keep these in mind when teaching them to your students or children. Also, keep in mind some of these are just theories, but they’re all very accurate and believable.
Doctor Spektor is a fictional character that first debuted in Mystery Comics Digest #5 published in July of 1972. Later he would appear in his own comic series The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor which ran from May 1973 to February 1977. The series was published by Gold Key comics which was a division of Western Publishing. Doctor Spektor was written and created by Donald F Glut along with artist Dan Spegal who drew the images. The series consisted of some 25 issues with the last one being a reprint of the first one. The comic was published bi-monthly during its run.
The experiment of the Meleagris Gallopavo began as it normally would: an early morning awakening to light snowfall, hot coffee waiting on the stove, warm crackling heat and, a soon to be insatiable hunger cured only by the festival cheer, company of others, and of course the Gallopavo itself.
If you’re a parent of children (or have children in the family), chances are that you’ve sung them a nursery rhyme or two in the past. There’s something about those catchy little tunes that kids love, and they’re useful for soothing babies to sleep or singing while playing a game.
The 1960s is a decade chalk full of terrifying horrors that not just make your skin crawl, or even send you leaping in fright. These few titles stick with you, long after even the credits have finished rolling. Not that they're too scary to watch, it's just that these must see horror movies from the 1960s have some of the most frightening stories attached, in addition to some of the most horrifying characters built for evil and malice like never before.
No one wants to know how they will go. We hope our lives will end with dignity and peace at the end of a long life. But for these five people of history, that wasn't the case.