‘Season of the Witch’ & ‘All the Colors of the Dark’ – A Witchy Double Feature for Spooky Season

Joan and Jane are two women trapped in their lives. Joan is trapped in a cold, dead marriage, and Jane is trapped by the trauma of losing a child. Both traverse their own journeys to self-actualization and liberation through the exploration of the occult. Season of the Witch and All the Colors of the Dark, […]

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The 20 Best Scenes from the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

Halloween as we know it has finally come to an end. No longer will The Boogeyman be haunting the streets of Haddonfield. With the release of Halloween Ends, and before the series is inevitably rebooted again, it’s time now to take stock of the franchise and its best moments. Over the course of 44 years, […]

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‘Trick ‘r Treat’: Finding Comfort in the Horror Anthology and Its Protector of All Things Halloween

If I’ve learned anything from Trick ‘r Treat, it’s that you don’t disrespect Halloween. “I hate Halloween,” says Emma (Leslie Bibb) in the opening scene. She blows out the lone jack o’lantern and whines to her husband Henry (Tahmoh Penikett) about taking down the decorations on Halloween night. Moments later, she gets her comeuppance and […]

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‘Halloween Ends’: My Hopes & Fears for the Franchise’s Finale

I was 12 years old in 1998. My family rarely went to the movies, but I begged my mom to take me to see Halloween H20. Loaded up on popcorn and soda, I settled into my seat and readied myself for what was promised as the final showdown between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Even […]

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‘The Black Phone’, ‘Summer of 84’ and a Deep Fear of Abduction [Double Trouble]

The tragedy cast a very long shadow. Up on Droop Mountain, a college student discovered the bodies of hitchhikers Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero. They’d both suffered close-range gunshot wounds and were left for dead. The year was 1980, and the summer had barely ripened. The entire region, down to my hometown 20 minutes away, […]

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“I’m Strong Enough to Not Do This”: In Defense of Polarizing Slasher ‘They/Them’

I grew up in a predominantly Christian community in rural West Virginia. Not a day went by that I wasn’t told I was going to burn in hell for all of eternity. I devoured the preacher’s sermon on Sunday morning, attentively completed sailor’s logs for the Patch the Pirate Club, and spent my weeks obsessed […]

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