socially unacceptable

Horror has always existed on the fringe of entertainment, but when you take a closer look, you'll see that it holds a surprising amount of truth about humanity, and seems to make the most relevant statements about our culture at any given time...

the boogeyman

What is it that makes a child believe? Children love to play pretend, because they are believers. They believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, happily ever afters, ghosts, the monster under the bed, and the boogeyman...

holidays (easter)

American icons like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are easy to accept and adapt into our culture, because they're fun. But many of our holidays stem from complicated concepts and traditions born out of a need for community and safety...

daybreakers

Blood is the life force of humanity. It flows through ours veins and fuels our bodies. Without it, we cease to exist. It is precious and protected. The sight of even a small amount of it leaving our bodies is a warning. I suppose that's why vampires have been frightening for so long...

the shining

This inhuman place makes human monsters. The Overlook Hotel is situated among the the great Rocky Mountains, and the psychological landscape of the hotel is a reflection of it's surroundings. There are peaks, there are valleys, there are dark places, and there are sharp edges...

a nightmare on elm street

I was first introduced to Freddy Kruger at the age of five, like a creepy uncle. I spent my summer days being babysat by classic slashers, but Uncle Freddy and the Nightmare on Elm Street series always fascinated me the most. These scary stories appealed to me much in the same way as the classic fairytales did...

inside

When it comes to horror, the French really know how to take it to the next level. In the mid to late 2000's, the most impactful horror flicks of the decade were coming out of France. Films like Calvaire, High Tension, Inside, and Martyrs exploded onto the scene and left quite a lasting impression on the genre...

1408

It's haunted. Not long after I read and fell in love 1408 I learned that it was going to be made into a movie, and I was excited. Of course, Stephen King movies are pretty hit or miss. More miss than hit, I'm afraid. But I kept my fingers crossed that this little gem would sparkle on the big screen. And I was not disappointed...

fear + faith

Fear and faith have always been important pieces of my life. I have been in a church as long as I can remember, and I have watched horror films as long as I can remember. Both were handed down by family, and both have become deeply personal to me as I've grown into adulthood...