Satan Wants You: The Real Life Inspirations Behind ‘Late Night with the Devil’

The 1970s– an era of “unrest and mistrust, fear and violence,” says the opening minutes of Colin and Cameron Cairnes’ Late Night with the Devil, accurately reflecting the viewpoint of the burgeoning moral panic of the time. Fear mongering-ish as that sounds, after a decade of Christianity in crisis mode– including a 1966 Times cover […]

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Rebirth: How Frankenstein’s Monster Stories Remain Relevant in 2024

“More original horror!” is always a curious statement to read from fellow horror fans. In the last few years, we’ve seen everything from a modern resurgence of new slashers, to subversive takes on the home invasion subgenre that once dominated the 2000s, to the slow, gradual return of fresh horror comedies. True, franchises may have […]

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Cellar Dwellers: How ‘The People Under the Stairs’ Shaped ‘Barbarian’ and ‘Cobweb’

One of the oldest horror tropes in the book, the old, dusty, unfinished basement/crawl space setting has provided a cornucopia of stories about the universal fear of what lurks in the darkest and least-coziest corners of our homes. Yet, in Wes Craven’s 1991 lesser mainstream, still beloved cult favorite The People Under the Stairs, the […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Easter Egg in ‘Scream VI’

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout all six films in the Scream franchise thus far. Click the link to see previous articles. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included […]

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Mia Goth in the 1980s: 10 Things We Hope to See in ‘MaXXXine’

For the first-ever franchise in A24 history, Ti West recently wrapped production on his third film in his X and Pearl universe trilogy, the sky-highly anticipated MaXXXine. With a stacked cast boasting the likes of Elizabeth Debicki, Halsey, Kevin Bacon, Lily Collins, Michelle Monaghan, Giancarlo Esposito, and Bobby Cannavale and, of course, the mega return […]

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New Decade, New Rules: The Slasher Villains of the 2020s

In early 2022, a reoccurring, annoying discourse was circulating Horror Twitter: “There are no original horror icons anymore.” In particular, these people were discussing slashers, and how bored they were of the just-about-to-be-released Scream and Ghostface, as well as Michael Myers, off the heels of Halloween Kills, released a few months prior. Fast forward to […]

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Toxic: “Swarm” and Horror’s Obsession with Obsessed Fandom

“How can fandom be toxic?!” Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid) scowls after his motive explanation and reveal as one-half of the Ghostface team in last year’s Scream. “It’s about love! You don’t fucking understand– these movies are important to people!”  “Toxic fandom” may only feel like a relatively recent term, used in reference to crazed, niche […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in ‘Scream’ (2022)

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If we’ve forgotten any […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in ‘Scream 4’

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If we’ve forgotten any […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in ‘Scream 3’

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If we’ve forgotten any […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in ‘Scream 2’

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If […]

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Ghostface Glossary: A Guide to Every Horror Reference in the Original ‘Scream’ Movie

Welcome to the Ghostface Glossary, a guide to every horror reference and nod throughout the first five films of the Scream franchise. After a lot of pausing, rewinding, and zooming in, as well as researching, we’re catching all of the many horror-specific references Williamson, Craven, and Co. included in this beloved postmodern slasher franchise. If […]

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Icing on the Cake: The Subtle and Surprising VFX Work in ‘Terrifier 2’

One of the first qualities that comes to mind when admiring Terrifer 2 and the Terrifier franchise in general is the practical effects, and rightfully so. Director Damien Leone and team have concocted such seamless and impressive SFX work that can feel like a lost art within a current filmmaking landscape that heavily relies on […]

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‘X’ in Real Life – The True Story of the Ray & Faye Copeland Killings

Warning: This article contains some spoilers for the movie X.  Of all the wonderful things to appreciate about A24 and Ti West’s X, the film creates two villains out of an elderly couple whose motives include jealousy, bitterness, and insatiable sexual desires— something so rare and refreshingly different to witness in a slasher movie or […]

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