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Post-Millennial Cult Horror

The 21st century marks a significant shift in horror cinema and changed how we experience horror. Remember the innocence and humor of home videos— à la “America’s Funniest Home Videos?” This fun and jolly first-person perspective that millions watched every week ultimately gave rise to its terrifying antithesis: the found footage sub-genre

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Monsters As Symbols

Over time, monsters have become universal in almost every culture. From Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to modern horrors such as “Godzilla” (1954), monsters embody and personify all ideas and concepts that are horrible, terrifying, and dangerous to humanity.

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R.L. Stine Is Haunting Netflix

When I watched the trailer, I knew this was a must-see. I grew up reading R.L. Stine’s novels, and I still do to this day. When the announcement was released that Netflix was airing a “Fear Street” movie series, I was cheering with joy and excitement.

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An Evolution Of Zombies

Zombie lore is mired deep in the roots of Caribbean culture, more pointedly Haiti. The voodoo practitioners, the Bokor’s, were dabblers in zombification and human reanimation. It is their mastery of alchemy that enabled them to transform the living into the undead.

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Tired of Terror: A Look Past Scared

Though sometimes it may feel like it, horror is not a monolith. It is an extremely versatile genre, encompassing an infinite variety of mediums. However, that is not to say it cannot get mundane.

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Trailer

In the first couple of seconds of the trailer, we watch as a young man walks down the road covered in blood. It is revealed through newspaper clippings and conversations throughout the trailer that this young man is Arne Johnson. Many horror fans may know that Arne Johnson’s murder trial was unlike any other because his trial was the first to plead innocence based on demonic possession.

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Vampires vs. Vampires

I like to think of vampirism as the actions of a vampire. It is the way a vampire walks, talks, and survives: from feeding on human beings and animals, all the way to supernatural strength and abilities.

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Based On A True Story

Emphasizing the “true story” element communicates to the audience that the events on-screen were real, and that they happened to real people. However, a single Google search on the Warrens complicates the supposed historicity of their exploits.

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Gremlins And The PG-13 Rating

The critics demanding an X rating for “The Exorcist” (1973) were being a little unfair. It’s pretty solidly an R-rated movie. However, it’s also fair to say that the gap between the PG rating and the R rating left a lot to be desired. It’s a little odd that “Jaws” (1975) received the same rating as “Meet Me in St Louis” (1944), for instance.