How The West Was Won Over By ‘Vampire Hunter D’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

The ‘80s is considered the “golden age” of anime for good reason. This significant era saw the rise of both theatrical and straight-to-video releases, and bigger budgets not only allowed for higher production values and more elaborate art styles, it gave creators the opportunity to dabble in less prevalent genres. Mecha sagas and space operas […]

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‘Mother’s Helper’: A Nanny’s Nightmare Comes True in A. Bates’ 1991 YA Thriller [Buried in a Book]

Babysitting is without a doubt the most hazardous after-school job in the world of young-adult horror. The caregivers in these books count themselves lucky if the biggest problem of the night is getting the kids to bed. Those less fortunate sitters have to deal with a variety of boogeymen. Although, not every waking second of […]

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‘The Curse of Kazuo Umezu’ Is a Small Taste of the Manga Author’s Twisted Mind [Horrors Elsewhere]

While Kazuo “Umezz” Umezu is not exactly a household name outside of Japan, his unique style of art is hard to forget. The mangaka started getting published in the 1960s, and several of his works have been turned into films and TV series. The majority of these adaptations have been live-action, but Umezu’s creations are […]

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Sanrio’s 1978 Anime Film ‘Ringing Bell’ Is Nightmare Fuel for All Ages [Horrors Elsewhere]

It might be surprising to learn the company behind Hello Kitty once branched out into dramatic filmmaking. And early into this short-lived venture, Sanrio produced one of its most notable films to date. Masami Hata’s 1978 adaptation of Takashi Yanase’s Ringing Bell (Chirin no suzu) found its way to the U.S. in the early ‘80s […]

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Christopher Pike’s ‘Monster’ Unleashes Teenage Alien Vampires [Buried in a Book]

Much like Mary Blanc, Christopher Pike is on a mission. The author delivers the inciting incident of Monster with breakneck speed; he gets right to the killing. In only the first few paragraphs of the 1992 young-adult novel, Mary shoots two people dead at a party before her best friend Angela Warner stops her. Everything […]

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Movie Remains One of the Best Horror Anthologies [Horrors Elsewhere]

Amicus Productions turned to an unexpected muse for its fourth portmanteau film; the horror output of EC Comics was the inspiration behind 1972’s Tales from the Crypt movie. While Amicus was not far from closing its own doors, films like this one demonstrate the company was still within its creative peak regarding anthologies. Five macabre […]

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Horror in Segments: 5 Multi-Storied Episodes from TV Anthologies [Series of Frights]

Horror anthology films have the good fortune of hosting several stories. Audiences can find something to like even if the entire collection is not up to par. As for anthologies on the small screen, usually these series are limited to one story per episode. Focusing on only one plot at a time has its advantages; […]

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Indian Horror Anthology ‘Darna Mana Hai’ Offers Mix of Fun and Eerie Stories [Horrors Elsewhere]

Prawaal Raman received a golden opportunity when he became Ram Gopal Varma’s assistant director. Working under one of India’s most prolific filmmakers had its perks, seeing as Raman was soon put in charge of a unique Varma venture. Darna Mana Hai (Forbidden Fear) was a risky move at the time; anthologies were not a popular […]

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Overlooked ’90s Anthology ‘Campfire Tales’ Brings Horror Urban Legends to Life [Young Blood]

Following the “golden age” of horror, anthologies started appearing less and less in theaters before vanishing altogether. Domestic successes like Creepshow, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Tales from the Darkside: The Movie suggest the subgenre was profitable when placed in the right hands. Regardless of numbers, and much to fans’ disappointment, the distributors stopped sending anthologies to […]

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French Anthology ‘Dark Stories’ Is a Gallery of Finely Curated Terror Tales [Horrors Elsewhere]

The bilingual French horror anthology series Dark Stories premiered on Halloween in 2019 before it was eventually reassembled as a full-length feature. Even though it was intended for the small screen, the better-than-average production values make for an easier transition. Also, no individual part of the source material exceeds the 20-minute mark, so the sub-stories […]

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Low-Budget British Anthology ‘Screamtime’ Is Rich in Charm [Horrors Elsewhere]

The anthology is a unique subgenre of horror. In addition to the offbeat structures and a predilection for the strange and unexpected, these films generally do as they please. There are of course specific traditions almost all anthologies adhere to, but there is no set rule for how they come together in the first place. […]

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‘Tales of the Unusual’: Charming Japanese Anthology Offers Multiple Genres [Horrors Elsewhere]

Japan’s love of telling stories can be traced back to a time when people genuinely believed in the supernatural. The Edo period gave rise to a parlor game called Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, or in English, The Gathering of 100 Supernatural Tales. Participants sat among one-hundred paper lanterns and swapped kaidan (classic ghost stories) until the last […]

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5 Standout Horror TV Anthology Episodes Directed By Women [Series of Frights]

Horror TV anthologies feature a range of talent behind the camera, and in their early days, they were one place to find women in creative roles. Ida Lupino directed multiple episodes of Thriller as well as one of the more renowned episodes of The Twilight Zone, and Catherine Turney wrote for One Step Beyond. Nowadays, […]

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Cold-Hearted Snake: Sinuous South African Thriller ‘Serpent’ Has a Nasty Bite [Horrors Elsewhere]

The black mamba’s venomous bite can be a death sentence. Gwynn and Adam Kealey dwell on this fact as they detect the slithering intruder inside their tent. But as the couple in Serpent becomes trapped with South Africa’s most fearsome snake, they ponder another dire situation at the moment: their marriage. Amanda Evans’ first feature […]

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Reflecting on Marina Sargenti’s Teenage Horror ‘Mirror Mirror’ [Young Blood]

No genre harnesses the mystery and power of mirrors more than horror. Characters are at their most vulnerable and honest when they stand before these reflective surfaces, preening and unmasking. Yet they never consider if someone or something could be watching them from the other side of the mirror. Hidden among a mass of direct-to-video […]

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