I am really looking forward to this one coming out in October this year, Crimson Peak, by Guillermo del Toro.
Sound is arguably one of the most fear-provoking aspects of horror. Ghost stories and horror films employ sonic tropes such as creaking floor boards, sudden loud thumps, or ephemeral children's choirs in order to enhance suspense through the evocation of unseen terror. "The spectre of sound", as Kevin Donnelly has called it, creeps up on […]
Kevin Wetmore, who I have interviewed on this blog previously on his book Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema, let me know that the forthcoming issue of Social Research: An International Quarterly 84.1 (Winter 2014) has an interesting focus. It will explore horror in society. Here is the Table of Contents: Endangered Scholars Worldwide pp. […]
The Babadook has received a lot of praise since its appearance at Sundance in 2014.It comes out of Australia through director Jennifer Kent who also wrote the story. Appreciation for this film has gone so far as to laud this as the best horror film of the decade, and one that might help improve the […]
Fear and Learning: Essays on the Pedagogy of Horror (McFarland, 2013), edited by Aalya Ahmad and Sean Moreland This groundbreaking collection of new essays presents critical reflections on teaching horror film and fiction in many different ways and in a variety of academic settings--from cultural theory to film studies; from women's and gender studies to […]
Have you heard about the forthcoming independent horror film Nosferatu that will star Doug Jones? TheoFantastique will be interviewing the director David Lee Fisher soon. Take a look at the trailer and consider getting involved in their Kickstarter campaign to finance this film.
The Harvard Crimson has an interesting essay posted titled "The Aesthetics of Horror: an investigative essay into the value of artistic representations of gore." After beginning with a considertaion of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes' painting "Saturn Devouring His Son," the analysis begins. Here's an excerpt from this thoughtful piece: In other words, is […]
This post is a guest essay from Brandon Engel. For the average baby boomer movie-goer, John Carpenter will always be the answer to the the trivia question, "who wrote and directed the horror classic Halloween (1978)?” For film aficionados of any generation, Carpenter will be know as a film artist who crafted some of the […]
A Friend in the Furrows: Perspectives on 'Folk Horror' in Literature, Film and Music 19-21 September, 2014 Queen's University Belfast ‘A Fiend in the Furrows’ is a three-day conference in association with the School of English and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring ‘folk horror’ in British and […]
If you haven't seen the Salem television series on WGN it's worth checking out. It eagerly scoops up Christian mythologies of the Witch as the consort of Satan, a frequent trope in horror films, and uses this as the major element in a reframing of the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Given […]