Category: Features

Halloween: The True Classic

Some movies are just special. There is really no rhyme or reason as to why. But some movies just trigger us. They ignite a love for film, a love for genre, a love of emotion and experience. And it is different for all of us. For my wife, it is seeing Debbie Reynolds dance and sing in Singin’ in the Rain. For a close friend of mine, it is the romance of Cary Elwes and Robin Wright in The Princess Bride. My love for film is just a little bit darker, and I can remember it as soon as...

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Is It Still Fun?: Casper (1995)

It’s the spring of 1995. I am almost 10 years old, and I love my cat, stories about cats, Anne of Green Gables, and Casper. These things have held up over the years—I still love my cat (may he rest in peace), I still love stories about cats (see the “Cat Who” mysteries), and Anne of Green Gables is inarguably one of the better things to come out of Canada. But what about Casper? Does what I loved about it back then still make it enjoyable now? What I loved then: As a pre-teen, I identified with Kat (Christina...

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Small Screen Horror: The Good Place

You’re probably wondering how a show made by Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and starring Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, House of Lies) and Ted Danson (Cheers, Becker) has found its way into our small screen horror selection. If you’ve only seen promos for The Good Place you might be thinking we’ve got our shows mixed up and we’re not referring to the colourful afterlife switcheroo show you’ve seen advertised or that has just appeared on your Netflix under TV comedies. But if you’re wondering why The Good Place, a half-hour sitcom airing on NBC, is actually existential...

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Horror Comics You Should be Reading for #hAElloween 2017

There’s nothing quite like good horror comics. The dark marriage of words and art that give shape to nightmares, planting seeds for future ones. The chill in your bones as the work’s intention takes on clarity, and the revelations that leave a pit in your stomach. The feel of the pages, sweat-slicked by fingers that can’t turn to the next one quick enough. Many of the earliest comic books were horror centric, and it is a medium that invites ghastly tales that shift with our cultural fears and reach our hands more quickly than any other storytelling medium. We’ve...

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GHOSTWRITING: AE Staff and Readers Share Their Scary Stories, Part 3

Welcome back to the final installment of what may become an annual Audiences Everywhere tradition, Ghostwriting. This is the final crop for 2017 but we’ve saved the best haunting experiences for last. Enjoy and we’ll see you here next year. White Feather I was born in 1969, which makes me the right age to be a second wave Beatles fan. By the time I was old enough to ask for records (first record asked for: Gary Numan, The Pleasure Principle, but only because he was a guest on SNL), the individual Beatles were all fairly well along into their...

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The Creature Featured: Monster Movies and the Human Capacity for Evil

When I was a child, there were two things in film that definitively scared me. No matter how many times I watched The Wizard of Oz, the scene of Margaret Hamilton (not even as the Wicked Witch!) riding a bike to the most chilling musical cue I knew to date would send my hands over my eyes in a heartbeat. My other filmic fear would have me covering my ears every time a DVD played the THX deep-note; always unnaturally loud, forever unskippable. I didn’t like getting scared. I’ve started watching monster movies. They’re fascinating, aren’t they? This look...

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The Saving Power of Nostalgia, Nerdism, and Stranger Things

*Originally published on July 20th, 2016. We first meet the boys playing Dungeons & Dragons in a basement. Later, we see a poster for John Carpenter’s The Thing tacked to a wall in a bedroom upstairs in the same house. A flashback sequence shows Will (Noah Schnapp) bonding with his older brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) over the music of The Clash, and we catch a poster for Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead hanging on Jonathan’s bedroom wall. When their circumstances are imposed upon with undeniable supernatural influence, the group of social outcasts return to their D&D texts for guidance and understanding....

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A Collection of Regional Cryptid Horror

The world is still a big and scary place. There’s much we haven’t answered or catalogued. And folklore is full of stories of culturally specific cryptids, legends and stories which can be mined for our viewing pleasure. Some stories have been told so long nobody remembers their origin, and new ones are popping up every decade. In a world that struggles to come up with new content, it makes sense that we’d turn to our oldest most fantastical unexplained stories to inspire our imaginations and give them a facelift. So to shake up a little extra creepy Halloween spirit,...

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Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards: Part IV

Not everyone who faces horrific scenarios can be an Ellen Ripley or an R.J. MacReady. Most people are likely akin to the Loser’s Club of Stephen King’s It. Most people get scared, and rightly so. However, we here at Audiences Everywhere think it’d be healthy if you expanded your fear limit this Halloween, by checking out a few of these movies that, as the title suggests, we’ve selected just for you. Don’t worry, none of these are scary. They’re just a few Halloween-themed films that could at least be appreciated for their humor and/or artistic merit. Corpse Bride The...

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The Cinema Joes Podcast Talks Blade Runners and Belated Sequels (ft. Sean Fallon)

Our own Sean Fallon guested on episode 10 of The Cinema Joes Podcast. Cinema Joes is a show where three average Joes talk about movies with the occasional special guest. For episode 10 they talked about Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, which formed a jumping off point to talk about belated sequels and revivals of franchises long thought completed.  There are definite differences of opinion about the Blade Runners and a lot to say about sequels and how a filmmaker can stay original while following another filmmaker’s work. The podcast is available on iTunes here and can be...

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It Could Be All Of Us: Unearthing John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy

Originally published on March 31, 2017. Throughout the month of March, Audiences Everywhere will be sharing appreciation for film trilogies, including personal reflections from our writers on some of their favorites. Today, we’re discussing the thematic link between three of John Carpenter’s masterworks. There’s a great big hole in the world. At its center resides the agent of our undoing. So we bury it. We build foundations over it, foundations built on the unknowable things we think we know. And while that agent of undoing may be covered, that hole is not filled. Relationships, religion, and entertainment form a...

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GHOSTWRITING: AE Staff and Readers Share Their Scary Stories

Welcome back to Ghostwriting, Audiences Everywhere’s first community-driven collection of spookiness and assorted scares. Each piece was contributed by an AE writer or reader. Do you have story? DM us at @WeTalkMovies if you’d like to share it. Three Ghosts I have had three distinct experiences. Each took place at my parents’ house while I was in high school. These three moments happened over time in 1992 and 1993 when I was 16. First: Guy at the doorway, fall of 1992. Late afternoon on a school day, before dinner. Guessing it was around 4:00. I was taking a nap in my...

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Blotter | Angels, Demons, Branded Women, and The Eleven

Hello again. I have a few more links to the latest in true crime for you today and a quick reminder that if you’re more into scares of the supernatural kind, the second in this year’s Ghostwriting stories comes out tomorrow. Real scares from real AE writers and readers.  I think this week’s are the best yet. Let’s start with a few longreads: A classic from Longform: Angels & Demons From the New York Times: Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded “He said it would be ‘awesome’ to help a friend kill herself. Now he’ll be tried...

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BLOTTER | Halloween Costumes, Therapy, and Dirty John

Tuesday Hi again, pals. I’m here with a short roundup of all things true crime and true crime adjacent (sometimes I feel like there are sea disasters you need to be aware of, it’s no big deal). Let’s first take a closer look at our nasty habit. Being into true crime is good, so says this article that touts the therapeutic qualities of the hobby. But, actually? It’s bad. Or at the very least, it is really screwing over some kids’ Halloweens. Maybe it’s the Mindhunter binge that has me feeling philosophical about the whole thing. Earlier this week,...

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20 Great Horror Posters

Originally published October 26, 2016. The horror genre has some of the most striking and visually interesting posters in cinema. Here are 20 to appreciate (in order of release) whether they’re framed on your wall or just in your heart. Don’t forget to check out the other posters we’ve highlighted here! Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) There’s something really special about the style of horror/sci-fi thriller posters of the 1950s. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic favourite, but take your pick: they’re all charming and pulpy as hell. Black Sunday (1960) Starting off strong with, “Stare...

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