There's this cliché in literature and film where a character says something along the lines of "I didn't know if I should laugh or cry." It's pretty trite, sloppy writing, and I roll my eyes whenever I hear it, but like all clichés, there's a spark of truth which underlies the statement. There is a … Continue reading Sam Raimi’s Weird Horror-Comedy: Drag Me to Hell (2009)
General take on horror themes
John Carpenter’s Theory of Horror: They Live (1988)
A few years ago, I visited Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP). The initial reason I checked it out was that the building looks it's designed by/for a modern day Willie Wonka. However, to my surprise, they also happened to be running an exhibit on horror movies filled with a LOT of crazy stuff. Iconic horror … Continue reading John Carpenter’s Theory of Horror: They Live (1988)
The Lovecraftian and Horror Movies
[Heads up! This post is a lot longer than some of my previous ones. Please let me know in the comments whether or not you like content of this length.] Look, I'm not a Lovecraft scholar. I haven't read each and every word he ever put down: stories, letters, diaries, etc., etc. But I have … Continue reading The Lovecraftian and Horror Movies
Are You Scared?
The strongest human emotion is fear. It's the essence of any good thriller that, for a little while, you believe in the boogeyman.John Carpenter Here's something I've never understood: some people don't like to be scared. I think I figured this out at a pretty young age, sometime in elementary school, when I hid in … Continue reading Are You Scared?