It’s All In Your Head: Psychological Horror At Its Best

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows   Do horror films have to be all blood and gore, all the time to be “scary”?  While the films that gleefully employ those gruesome and…

The Ones That Got Away: Top 10 Badass Final Girls

The trope of the Final Girl and indeed, the horror genre’s relationship with women in general, is one with a problematic history.  The two options for women most readily seen in American horror films are either the Final Girl, viewed as a castrated man or a “masculinized” woman (and therefore an acceptable protagonist for the…

My Strange Addiction: Horror Pins & Brooches

Ok, maybe not so strange but I do have a confession to make: Hi, my name is Jessica and I am addicted to pins and brooches, the creepier the better.  The ability to broadcast my horror allegiance via stylish and (mostly) subtle accessories makes my spoopy, nerdy heart so very happy.  So without further ado,…

Por el Amor de Horror (For the Love of Horror)

My love affair with Spanish cinema began when I first saw Un Chien Andalou (1929) as a wide-eyed undergrad in my first Film History class.  I watched, awe-struck, as a razor sliced open a woman’s eye (or did it?) and my cinematic horizons were infinitely and irreversibly expanded.  Since that moment, my obsessive relationship with Spanish…

Top 5 Books for Horror Film Fanatics

When’s the last time something truly scared you?  Like looking over your shoulder, checking under the bed, running past the bathroom and turning on the light really fast scared.  Did you ever want to delve into WHY you were so scared?  If the thought of staring right back at the things that go bump in…