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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Resurrection: ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ and the Rebirth of Gothic Horror

It seems that every decade or so the horror genre is declared dead only for a groundbreaking film to come along and resurrect it. In the late 1950s, that film was The Curse of Frankenstein. The “death” of horror is always hyperbole, often merely declaring the end of a particular trend within the genre, but […]

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Eldritch Horror and Survival Horror Combined: ‘Alone in the Dark’ Turns 30

Survival Horror fans will often point to Capcom’s Sweet Home as being the origins of the genre. Admittedly, the game and others laid the groundwork for the themes of what was to become Survival Horror that would explode onto the mainstream with Resident Evil. PC gamers, however, have long had a legitimate claim to the […]

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The Endless Quest for Online Validation in ‘Spree’ & ‘Superhost’ [Double Trouble]

Social media is a cursed necessity of modern life. The hunt for likes, RTs, comments, and shares is never-ending. Most days, it feels as though you’re just circling the drain and waiting for that next dopamine fix. The crushing weight to constantly level-up in the online world is insurmountable and forces users to push their […]

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‘Evil Dead’ and Beyond: 2022 Will Be Asymmetrical Horror’s Biggest Year Yet

If you heard the words “asymmetrical horror” a decade ago, chances are you’d likely have no idea what it was, or think it was some sort of niche avant-garde indie genre you’re not cool enough to know about. Nowadays, asymmetrical horror is one of the most thriving and streamed genres in gaming, popularized by titles […]

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‘Cast a Deadly Spell’ – Fred Ward Battled Lovecraftian Terrors in This 1991 Horror-Noir Gem

Fred Ward had the right stuff. He could play charming, tough, or funny with aplomb. In some cases, he embodied all three in a single role. Tremors is the most obvious example, but Cast a Deadly Spell is another that’s too often overlooked. Like Who Framed Roger Rabbit with eldritch monsters and magic instead of cartoons, […]

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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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A Tale of Two Fires: Comparing Stephen King’s Novel and the New ‘Firestarter’ Movie

After thirty-eight years, Firestarter is once again lighting up theaters. Adapted from Stephen King’s 1980 novel of the same name, Firestarter is the story of Charlie McGee (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a nine year old girl with the power to light fires with her mind. Though opinions vary on the novel’s success, Firestarter has always had […]

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‘The Mothman Prophecies’ – Cosmic Cryptozoology Horror Movie Is Still Thrilling 20 Years Later

Cryptozoology is woefully underexplored in popular culture. Sure, we have a handful of entertaining bigfoot flicks and even Zak Penn and Werner Herzog’s experimental Incident at Loch Ness, but where’s our big budget Jersey Devil thrillers? Or how about some Chupacabra-related mysteries? Having grown up on a steady diet of late-night Discovery Channel and questionable […]

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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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‘Friday the 13th’: Ranking 15 Different Jason Voorhees Character Designs

Ah, Friday the 13th. We all have collective ants in our pants wishing and hoping that all of the legal drama surrounding the franchise will dissipate so we can finally see Jason in theaters again. The hope for hearing any kind of good news on a new feature going forward has reached something of a […]

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‘Firestarter 2: Rekindled’ – Unearthing the Ashes of a Forgotten Stephen King Sequel

Of all of Stephen King’s literary children, none burns as brightly as Charlie McGee. She is the main character in his 1980 novel Firestarter and arguably his most powerful protagonist. The child of participants in a college experiment run by a government agency known as The Shop, Charlie was born with the unique ability to […]

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‘Monster in My Pocket’ Helped Birth a Generation of Monster Kids

I was always into spooky things growing up, and looking back it seems like I was born in a pretty good era for Monster Kids: the 1980s/early 90s. Saturday mornings featured cartoons like Beetlejuice and Tales from the Cryptkeeper while bookstores stocked the likes of Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Toys […]

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‘Night of the Living Dummy II’ Turned Slappy into a ‘Goosebumps’ Icon [Viewer Beware]

Night of the Living Dummy II was originally published in May 1995 (Spine #31). The series adaptation later aired on Friday, January 12, 1996 (runtime: 22 minutes). Despite its iconic cavalcade of creepers, crawlers and creatures which almost always go bump in the night, there is one formidable foe who consistently stands atop the swollen […]

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Failure to Burn: Revisiting the Original ‘Firestarter’ Movie

Constant Readers often refer to Firestarter as “vintage King.” This designation is usually reserved for works published in Stephen King‘s early career, roughly marked by his debut novel Carrie (1974) and the horror masterpiece It (1986). That run also includes fan favorites like The Shining, Pet Sematary, and Night Shift, and has spawned an astonishing […]

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