The Taking of Deborah Logan

‘The Taking of Deborah Logan’ As Faux-Queer Archive

As artifacts of resilience and endurance, found footage speaks to the queer experience. The subgenre offers unique capabilities that affirm its queer characters through continuance, holding a radical potential for counter-archiving. Through adopting a cinéma vérité approach, found-footage horror films like The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014), Unfriended: Darkweb (2018), and Megan is Missing (2011) are […]

Luke Wilson Soul Survivors

Meditations on Guilt in ‘Soul Survivors’

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Stephen Carpenter‘s 2001 critical reject Soul Survivors is a thesis on this very question and the matrix of emotions that stem from the answer. Following the success of teen-horror darlings I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend, the film featured other rising stars of the […]

Alexandra Shipp Brianna Hildebrand Tragedy Girls

Gen Z Reclaims the Slasher in ‘Tragedy Girls’

In the fictional midwestern town of Rosedale—where Tyler MacIntyre’s Tragedy Girls is set—blood attracts an eager crowd. It isn’t long before a pair of high school seniors learn how to spin local misery into a lucrative business. Known on social media as the “Tragedy Girls,” McKayla Hooper (Alexandra Shipp) and Sadie Cunningham (Brianna Hildebrand) have […]

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in Robert Eggers's 'The Witch.'

‘The Witch’ Puts Coven Before Blood

In a genre typically considered “for the guys,” it’s time to give a nod to the ladies. Uterus Horror is a subgenre of horror films that focuses on the uniquely female experience of puberty and the act of coming into your sexuality, using horror elements to emphasize and/or act as a metaphor for that experience. These films […]

Anirudh Agarwal Bandh Darwaza

‘Bandh Darwaza’ Brought Horror to Bollywood

Popularized in the 1970s but reaching peak industry dominance through the 1980s and 90s, the often-lavish masala genre dominated Bollywood over three decades. During this time—in remarkably parallel fashion to how Hollywood operated in the 1980s—production periods and costs had become so high that normal and smaller-size projects were severely sidelined. That often left room […]

Coming of Age With Disney’s Heartwarming ‘Halloweentown’

As long as Amelia has sole control of Patreon review requests, y’all are going to read about early-thirties Donato experiencing the childhood witchy-movie upbringing I never had. Last time it was Practical Magic. Today it’s Halloweentown, directed by Duwayne Dunham of Little Giants fame. Disney’s made-for-TV children’s tale about not-so-scary monsters is most notable for […]

My Super Psycho Sweet 16 MTV

Why ‘My Super Psycho Sweet 16’ Needs Its Moment

As a child I was afraid of everything, unable to watch horror movies without crying and running upstairs for fear of catching an accidental glimpse of something frightful. As age-appropriate panic subsided, two films became my introduction to the genre: Wes Craven’s widely acclaimed Scream, which introduced me (like many) to the mechanics of the […]

The Hive Kathryn Prescott

Podcast: Molly Henery on ‘The Hive’

What do you get when you cross Fede Álvarez‘s Evil Dead remake with Christopher Nolan‘s Memento? If you’re first time writer-director David Yarovesky, the answer is The Hive, a heady sci-fi and horror hybrid that also manages to turn every summer camp trope on its head. With makeup special effects from Gary Tunnicliffe of Hellraiser […]

Crone Wood Black Lodge Films

Changing Horror’s Sexual Paradigm in ‘Crone Wood’

Something about a handheld camera makes men horny. You see it throughout found footage horror, from Paranormal Activity to V/H/S. DIY footage always seems to come with the man trying to coerce his wife or girlfriend to make a sex tape. Micah in Paranormal Activity asks his girlfriend Katie on multiple occasions if they can […]

Ghost in the Machine Will Horneff

‘Ghost in the Machine’ Paved the Way for ‘Final Destination’

In 2000, Final Destination captivated horror fans by turning the premise of death as a villain into a powerhouse franchise. But long before death crept into ill-fated teenagers’ lives through water leaks and faulty fire escapes, Rachel Talalay‘s Ghost in the Machine existed. An underappreciated 1993 movie where a homicidal maniac uses technology as a weapon, Talalay’s film bears an […]

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