10 ‘Scooby-Doo!’ Episodes and Movies That Are Perfect for Halloween!

The Scooby Gang can’t take a step without running into some kind of villain; they’re constantly chased by things that go bump in the night. Ever since 1969, the iconic Great Dane and his loyal companions have found themselves in trouble wherever they go, in or out of Coolsville. And though it may seem unnecessary […]

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‘Buffy’ Tie-In Novel “Halloween Rain” Pits the Slayer Against Samhain [Buried in a Book]

Because Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted in the Spring of 1997, there was no Halloween episode in the first season. However, Simon and Schuster’s series of tie-in novels fixed that oversight by including an original story that expands on Buffy Summers’ first year at Sunnydale High. Here the Chosen One is still getting used to […]

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‘Frighten Barbara to Death’ – A Classic Filipino Ghost Story [Horrors Elsewhere]

The antagonistic ghost of Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (Frighten Barbara to Death) refuses to go in peace. In this 1995 remake of the 1974 cult classic Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara, the title character returns to her ancestral home to pay her respects and find closure. Yet Barbara’s late sister Ruth isn’t so […]

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Christopher Pike’s ‘The Midnight Club’ – Why It’s Such a Unique Story of Young Death [Buried in a Book]

Christopher Pike knows his way around death, but how the author approaches the act of mortality in The Midnight Club is unique, even for him. In spite of the foreboding blurb and Brian Kotzky‘s creepy artwork, this 1994 book isn’t about young people dying at the hands of an external threat. Here death comes from […]

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‘Nix’ Review – A Family Undone by Loss and a Legendary Monster in ‘Sharknado’ Director’s New Movie

“Nix” can mean two things in German. Aside from being the word for “nothing,” it’s also the name of a creature from local folklore. This play on the word is important to remember when diving into Anthony C. Ferrante‘s newest horror movie Nix. The Sharknado director once again brings terror to the surface as an aquatic […]

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‘Bring It On: Cheer or Die’ Review – Unexpected Slasher Movie Fails to Land a High Score

The 2000 hit Bring It On was turned into a franchise after doing well at the box office and earning a place among other iconic teen movies. Yet with five so-so sequels under its skirt, each one more or less performing the same routine as the original, it makes sense for the series to try […]

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‘Smile’ and 10 Other Horror Movies Based on Short Films

There are typically three destinations for a short horror film. Most of the time, they stay short and sweet. Another common outcome for these quick flicks is their joining others in compilation movies (also known as “frankenthologies”). As for the last and most fortunate fate, a short might be turned into something bigger. There is […]

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Childcare Scares: 5 Tales of Babysitter Horror from TV Anthologies [Series of Frights]

Parents undoubtedly love their children, but every now and then, they want some time off. That’s where a babysitter or nanny comes in. If everything goes to plan, these domestic godsends can be in and out in a few hours with some extra money in hand, as well as the satisfaction of knowing they helped […]

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Freaks and Geeks: ‘Wolf Girl’ Asks What It Means to Be Human [Horrors Elsewhere]

Tara Talbot (Victoria Sanchez) draws a crowd wherever she goes in Wolf Girl. Everyone’s jaws naturally slacken whenever she walks into a room. And for her entire life, Tara has been okay with others’ stares and gasps — after all, people pay good money to see the infamous “Wolf Girl” in Harley Dune’s traveling freak-show. […]

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‘Fright Time’ – ’90s Horror Anthology Books Deliver Scary Fun for Kids [Buried in a Book]

Baronet Books is best known for its Great Illustrated Classics series, but in the ‘90s, the Waldman imprint took a walk on the scary side. Between 1995 and 1997, various authors contributed to a set of children’s horror anthologies called Fright Time. Kids who stumbled upon these books — often at local discount stores, such […]

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“Inside No. 9” Season 7 Review – British Anthology Series Just Keeps Getting Better

Inside No. 9, one of the best anthology series in recent years, returns with a seventh installment. Creators and co-stars Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are back to make audiences laugh and shiver with these six diverse tales of various genres. And fans of the eerie and unexplained will surely enjoy this new batch of […]

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Slasher Series ‘Cold Prey’ is Norway’s Answer to ‘Halloween’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ [Horrors Elsewhere]

The characters in the Norwegian slasher franchise Cold Prey (or Fritt Vilt, meaning “fair game”) may be accustomed to harsh and wintry climates, but they’re not prepared for a pickaxe-wielding killer with almost superhuman stamina. The first stab in this successful trilogy made its way into theaters in 2006, on a Friday the 13th, no […]

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‘Ghosts of Fear Street’ – The Spinoff Series That Mixed ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Fear Street’ [Buried in a Book]

With the success of both Fear Street and Goosebumps in the early ‘90s, it only made sense to combine them into one series. And R. L. Stine’s Ghosts of Fear Street is essentially that. Just the kiddos are now the targets of undue terror in Shadyside, though the dangers are strictly otherworldly. Everything from phantoms […]

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‘The Glass House’ Is a Half Empty But Still Fun Teen Thriller [Young Blood]

Ruby Baker’s carefree days of staying out past curfew, carousing with her besties, and simply being a teenager are all over. The nightmare of The Glass House begins with the protagonist (Leelee Sobieski) learning her parents, David and Grace (Michael O’Keefe, Rita Wilson), have both died in a car accident. Ruby and her younger brother […]

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Korean Ghost Story ‘Arang’ Puts a Supernatural Twist on the Police Procedural [Horrors Elsewhere]

The success of The Ring inspired Japan’s nearest neighbors to tell their own ghost stories, and South Korea certainly didn’t waste the opportunity in the mid-2000s. During this heyday of “K-Horror,” there was a burst of spectral yarns centered around cursed objects, haunted technology, and most of all, revenge. Homemade folklore often played a role […]

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