Women In Horror Series: “Hellraiser”

"I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker." So declared reigning horror master Stephen King upon the publication of Barker's first story collection, Books of Blood, in 1984. In the decades since Barker rose to prominence as one of the genre's best and most innovative creators, but he's immortalized for a specific contribution... Continue Reading →

Women In Horror Series: “Black Christmas”

Murders on a holiday. A mystery man stalking women. Teenage girls trapped in a house. Sound familiar? The 1974 Canadian cult classic Black Christmas never reached the same level of recognition as the 1978 film that drew heavy inspiration from it - aka, John Carpenter's legendary Halloween. Both films eschew gore for suspense and utilize their low budget to... Continue Reading →

Thomas Harris, Clarice Starling, and Me

The name Hannibal Lecter was a constant in my household. Long before I was cognizant of the context, I knew the infamous character and his creator, Thomas Harris, were held in reverence. My mom and sister vociferously devoured (pun intended) the 1981 novel Red Dragon and its fame-eclipsing sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, on... Continue Reading →

We Need To Talk About Split

(Spoilers from word one.) M. Night Shyamalan and I have always had a complicated viewer-filmmaker relationship. He directed three of my most beloved movies — Signs, The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable, the latter an underrated masterpiece. He also made one of my most loathed, The Last Airbender, a tone-deaf white-washed adaptation of the stunningly progressive animated series of... Continue Reading →

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