Tag: Features

The Shape of Water Reminds Us Why Folklore Matters

Sometimes we remember them when we sleep: the monster-men that lurk under treasured idylls, the regal women who suffer unjust curses and tribulations, the unsung commoners picked by fate and tested by adventure, and the matter-of-fact virtues that persist through every threat posed by nihilism and death. These are the stories that guide us into the world, tales refracted by our lives and choices, shimmering softly in the corners of our thoughts and dreams. And in our own pasts, in the bedrooms and blanket forts where we encountered our first heroes and chimeras, we see a reflection of humanity...

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 Lost Legends: George A. Romero

In our second week of Lost Legends, we’re turning our attention to the King of the Zombies himself, George A. Romero. As tempting as it would be to focus solely on his work with the undead, I’ve instead opted to look at some of his other horror work (and Dawn of the Dead because if there’s an excuse to watch Dawn of the Dead I’m taking it.)  The Crazies (1973) Overview: A small town becomes infected with a virus that sends its citizens crazy. Focus: A novel aspect of this film is how little it focuses upon the infected. After...

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False Prophets and the Hatred of Red State

Much has been made lately (and has been made before and will be made again) of the question “is ________ really a horror movie?” This has become even more ridiculous with the questioning of Stephen King’s It, a story about a shape-shifting clown who hunts and eats children. If that’s not horror, what is? But regardless, the goal of a horror movie is, at its simplest,to frighten. But there is no way to guarantee every member of the audience will be frightened of the same thing. We all bring ourselves into the experience of every movie. So, what scares...

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A Double-Billing of ’80s Pop Horror: Welcome to Fright Night

Is there a better title for a horror movie like this? Not outright terrifying, just an all around crowd pleaser that just leaps off the screen. Fright Night. It has that special zing when you say it. Though vampires are stewards of the night eternal, it’s a harder task to keep them fresh. Fresher than a clove of garlic, anyway. One of the first films to play with meta genre conventions on a large scale, Fright Night doesn’t attempt to redefine the vampire mythos like Near Dark or The Lost Boys. It merely implements them with a coming of...

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Small Screen Horror: Ash vs Evil Dead

There are not many long-running heroes in horror, and scores of recurring villains; masked men who seemingly can’t be killed and can’t get enough blood to sate them. Occasionally horror heroes like Laurie Strode or Nancy Myers reappear, but the baddies are there for every step of the franchise. That is not the case with Ash Williams. Ash has been front and centre in nearly every iteration of The Evil Dead franchise (he even appears after the credits of the 2013 remake). The Evil Dead series isn’t the story of the titular villainous deceased, but instead it is the...

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