The Unsettling Art of the Subtle Background Scare

Filmmakers employ a variety of tactics to frighten audiences. The jump scare is the most obvious, thanks to its jarring abruptness and accompanying loud music sting. Its complete opposite is the understated, subtle background scare. This type of scare can easily go unnoticed, making it even more potent for those who spot it.  The background […]

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The Dreadful Comfort of Slow Burn Horror and ‘It Follows’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Bait Bus. We’re deep into September after an August filled with queer dinner parties, bees and flies. After last week’s escape to Germany with Der Samurai, we’re back on US soil and firmly rooted in the suburbs of Detroit with David Robert Mitchell‘s contemporary classic, It Follows. We’re joined by Trace’s hubbie Ari Drew, who helps […]

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The Decade of Grief Horror: Reflecting on Shared Themes in the Horror Movies of the 2010s

It’s not unusual for eras or decades of the horror genre to be categorized by one overarching theme or style. The eighties have become synonymous for their boom in low-budget, often sleazy, slasher films inspired by the cornerstone slashers of the mid-to-late seventies. The horrors of the 50s reflected cultural fears of science creating new […]

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New “Rick and Morty” Claymation Promo Pays Tribute to THAT Moment from ‘Hereditary’ [Video]

The team behind “Rick and Morty” are obviously huge horror fans, as the animated series often spoofs our favorite horror gems. The fifth season just premiered on Adult Swim last month, and a new promo bumper this week pays homage to Ari Aster’s Hereditary. Lee Hardcastle is the artist behind the claymation spoof, which has been […]

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