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Pop Culture Reactions to “Salem”

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 […]

Toronto Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Horror

Carl Rosenberg, a reader of this blog, made me aware of an interesting facet of the 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival. It features a section on horror titled “The Search for a Jewish Horror Film: Golems, Dybbuks and Other Movie Monsters.” This is described as follows and features the following films: With a series of […]

‘The Walking Dead’ and the haunted world

In this writer’s estimation the second half of Season 4 of The Walking Dead television series has been rather slow. This is, of course, deliberate as the destruction of the prison and the fragmentation of the group allows for the development of back stories and an exploration of how the characters respond to their new […]

Robertson: Watching Horror Films Can Lead to Demonic Possession

Pat Robertson is known for theological gaffes over the course of his televangelist career. In this video he warns about the possibility of demonic possession by watching horror films. I must admit I’ve had some conservative Christians accuse me of suffering from this malady given my interests in the fantastic and the macabre, but I’m […]

Titles of Interest: British Gothic Cinema

British Gothic Cinema by Barry Forshaw (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Forshaw provides a definitive, wide-ranging study of the British horror film produced by the Hammer studios and their rivals from the 1940s and 1950s up to the 21st century and the new popularity of the genre. Beginning with a lively discussion of the great literary antecedents, […]

Call for Papers – Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural

“Sights and Frights: Victorian Visual Culture, Horror and the Supernatural” University of Sussex June 19 2014 Deadline: December 16, 2013 “Sights and Frights” is a one day interdisciplinary conference, aimed at both academics and post-graduate students, whose aim is to explore and interrogate cultural cross-currents between nineteenth-century visual culture, science and social practice, particularly where […]

The Purge: Social Commentary for Right and Left

I finally had an opportunity to watch The Purge over the weekend. I heard good things about the film when it appeared in theaters, especially its phenomenal box office success, earning $87 million globally with a $3 million production budget. Part of the film’s success may have come from its political and social commentary. This […]

Lorna Jowett and Stacey Abbott on ‘TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen’

I have had a long-time interest in horror on television, and have discussed specific aspects of it previously on this blog. With this post we take up the topic again, through an interview with Lorna Jowett and Stacy Abbott, authors of the wonderful volume TV Horror: Investigating the Dark Side of the Small Screen (I.B. […]

Tal Zimerman talks about ‘Why Horror?’

I recently learned about a documentary that is currently in production, “Why Horror?,” that takes a point of view perspective through the life of Tal Zimmerman, as probes the international and cultural phenomenon of horror deeply. Zimerman discusses the film below, and includes a way that you can get involved in completing this effort. TheoFantastique: […]

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