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How the Hellraiser Comics Helped Expand the Mythology

When a title becomes embraced by a wide audience, when it becomes a franchise and people begin to get attached to it, it expands in ways the creators never imagined. It’s more obvious with things like...

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After Remakes: The Current Trend of the Red Herring Reboot

Remakes were the trend of the 2000s. Found footage didn’t hit the mainstream until later. Asian ghost stories fizzled out around 2005, but from 2003 to 2009 remakes were coming out in increasing numbe...

Jason X - Final Frontier: Why franchises ultimately end up in space

The Final Frontier: Why Franchises Inevitably End Up in Space

Space is a confusing location for a horror feature. It’s somewhere that every franchise winds up eventually, and yet it’s somewhere that nobody really wants to go. So why does it keep happening? What ...

Halloween Series. John Carpenter's Halloween 1978 poster

Family Matters: The Contradictory Issues of the Halloween Franchise

Halloween, as a franchise, follows a fairly simple formula. Michael Myers is pretty much existing for the sole purpose of trimming his family tree. Almost every sequel sees him go after a sibling, or ...

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In Defense of Rape-Revenge Films

Through some of my writings as of late, I’ve come to discover that I have a greater concern for the way women are treated in horror films. If you call me a feminist, I’ll just say thank yo...

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Why Every Horror Fan Should Attend At Least One Convention

The experience of attending your first horror convention is unequaled. Being surrounded by all the scary and spooky things that you love, and sharing that with hundreds, maybe thousands, of other peop...

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Why Hannibal and Bates Motel Work So Well

At some point in almost every horror movie franchise, there is a film that attempts to tackle the origins of the killer. It makes sense, seeing as how we’ve often wondered just what set these ma...

How The Internet Could Do To Horror What it Did To The Music and Adult Film Industries

A few weeks back, I read an article about the effects the Internet has had on the music industry, and I was surprised. I knew that CD sales were down significantly, but the idea that they have al...

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A Response to The New Republic: In Defense of Horror Fans

I’m writing this primarily as a fan. I have loved the genre as long as I can remember and it means the world to me. This article, which comes from The New Republic, points out all the dangerous compon...

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