Spooky World-Building: Looking Back on the Sci-Fi Channel’s ‘Blair Witch’ Mockumentaries

In professional wrestling, the concept of “Kayfabe” refers to an unspoken agreement between fans and performers to never acknowledge the fictional aspects of the sport. In the horror genre, we have something similar with the way Found Footage movies invite audiences to play along with the scares to enhance their viewing experience. And when it […]

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Unauthorized Terrors: A History and Defense of Horror Fan Films

From in-depth analysis to casual appreciation, there’s no wrong way to engage with art. However, some fans go the extra mile when demonstrating their love for certain franchises and characters by incorporating them into fanfiction. While these unauthorized stories are usually limited to the written word, a surprising number of die-hard fans are willing to […]

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Chronicling the Rise of “Z-TV” – A History of Zombies on Television

George A. Romero’s classic Dead films may have sparked an explosion of zombie media, but it took quite a while for these undead ghouls to invade television screens. Unlike ghosts, werewolves and vampires, which benefited from popular shows like Dark Shadows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, shambling corpses were usually left out of prime-time […]

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You Can’t Kill the Boogeyman: What’s Next for the ‘Halloween’ Franchise After ‘Halloween Ends’?

It’s hard to keep a good Slasher down. With the cyclical nature of these movies being part of their appeal, it’s rare for studios to greenlight a definitive end to their popular franchises. For every Final Chapter and Final Nightmare, there’s a Jason Lives and New Nightmare to undo the conclusions of the past. Now […]

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Screaming Live on Snapchat: 6 of the Most Unique Found Footage Movies!

I’ve always admired how Found Footage gives indie filmmakers the opportunity to craft legitimately scary movies without breaking the bank. Not only does this underappreciated sub-genre allow for experimentation and intimate thrills, but it also stands out by constantly reinventing itself as modern media continues to evolve. Mockumentaries and simulated home movies can still be […]

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How Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween II’ Paved the Way for a New Kind of Horror

Filmmakers have been using horror as a tool to explore serious issues since the very dawn of cinema. Unfortunately, while we’ve been treated to award-winning hits like The Exorcist and The Silence of the Lambs, many of the more experimental horror flicks of the past were doomed to become critical and box-office flops, only being […]

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Faux-Grindhouse at its Finest: Celebrating 10 Years of ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’!

Nostalgia is a curious thing, especially when it comes to film. Multi-media empires have been built on filmmakers revamping the entertainment of their youth for new audiences, but it’s extremely difficult for modern productions to capture the spirit of older movies without turning into exaggerated parodies. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and […]

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There’s a Monster in My Basket: Six More of the Most Unique Movie Monsters!

Last week, we shared a list of Six of the Most Unique Movie Monsters that were created exclusively for the big screen. While these beasts were carefully chosen according to originality and the quality of the special effects used to bring them to life, there are just so many great creature-features out there that it’s […]

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From ‘Interviews With Some Vampires’ to ‘Wellington Paranormal’ – The Evolution of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Vampires have been lurking in the shadows of our scary stories for thousands of years, finding their way into several different cultures and eventually turning into movie stars. With so many variations of these legends, it’s only natural that some of the specifics behind this classic monster often seem silly when judged by modern standards. […]

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The Other Ghostbusters – Celebrating 20 Years of ‘Evolution’

No matter how you feel about the sequels, reboots and spin-offs, there’s no denying that the first Ghostbusters captured lightning in a bottle in a way that not even the original team could replicate. Sometimes, the right people pop up at the right place and the right time, and the universe gifts us with an […]

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‘Man Bites Dog’: The Controversial Mockumentary is Still a Disturbing Masterpiece 30 Years Later

It can be said that our fascination with serial killers began long before the term was even coined, with famous murderers like Gilles Garnier and Jack the Ripper paving the way for more recent monsters like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy. It seems like we only get more obsessed with these deranged killers as time […]

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A Charming Apocalyptic Misfire: The Curious Case of Clive Barker’s ‘The Plague’

Clive Barker has always made it clear how grateful he is for Stephen King’s quote about him being “the future of horror”, an unexpected compliment that launched a legendary career. Over the years, the author has repaid that kindness by attempting to do the same for other horror artists, going so far as to start […]

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Looking Back on ‘8MM’ – The Horror Masterpiece That Almost Was

As the world becomes increasingly desensitized to extreme media, it’s easy to imagine unsimulated death as the disturbing final frontier of both horror and pornography. While there has never been a confirmed case of murder-on-tape being intentionally distributed for commercial purposes, the idea of snuff films has captured the imagination of writers and filmmakers for […]

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