The Warrens – A Hollywood Conjuring

  These days, there are no two figures within the paranormal research world with more celebrity status than Demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Ed Warren passed away in 2006, respectively, but his life’s work and legacy within the community lives on. His wife and investigative partner, Lorraine Warren at 91 years old, has pulled back from their work but is still very much a voice and an emblem for paranormal research.   Ed claimed that he spent his childhood years growing up in a haunted house. He stated: “My family would all go to bed and just around two to….

Short Film Review: Lion

    Year of Release: 2017 Starring: Pedro Sánchez, Michael Segal, Tania Mercader Written by: Davide Melini Directed by: Davide Melini   With five short films under his belt, Davide Melini has one more. Written and directed by Melini, Lion (2017) graced the international short film festival circuit, winning 128 awards to date. It’s tagline: “Evil has a new face!” does not do the film justice as it deals with the heavy subject matter of child abuse. Melini offers a creatively different way at viewing the somber topic of child abuse and neglect, one which will stay with the viewer….

Shhh! Movie Review for ‘A Quiet Place’

  When I sat down to watch the much-anticipated horror film, A Quiet Place, I wasn’t quite sure what I was in for. The theater was full that night and I could hear the typical murmurs, shuffling and rustling of candy wrappers I’d come to expect during the previews. But once the film started, it didn’t take long before the noise stopped.   A Quiet Place is directed by John Krasinski (yes, that John Krasinski) who is best known for his role as straight man Jim Halpert in The Office (U.S. version). He also plays the dad in the film,….

The Ritual – Movie Review (Spoiler Alert)

    Do you have a love of the outdoors? Avid hiker, maybe? Kudos. Really, good for you. Oh – you’re a horror fan, too? Even better! Now… may I make a suggestion? Do not watch The Ritual. Just… don’t. Else, you might become a couch potato like yours truly.   The film, released in the UK in October 2017, made its debut to Netflix’s binge-watchers in February. It starts out with five men with a friendship stemming back to their alma mater having a good time over drinks. They get to the topic at hand – choosing the annual….

An Infograph: Top Grossing PARANORMAL Films Worldwide

  By compiling a list of the top grossing films, we are more able to visualize the shear monetary strength of not just horror films, but PARANORMAL films globally. Note: Previous to the 1980s, it was difficult to track international sales of film, therefore via boxofficemojo.com, we present the following information below focusing on paranormal films from the 1990s (exception: The Exorcist (1973)) and onward.   Enjoy this infograph? Let me know in the comments below what topics you’d like to see covered in future infographs.        

Listening for Romance in Horror: A Playlist

  Not many storytellers tackle romance when confronting horror, the two just don’t seem to mix. Who has time to fall in love when there are zombies knocking at the door, or an angry spirit haunting your house and making a mess of things? Well, that just may be the perfect time to light that flame between two starry-eyed characters.   Music lifts the soul. It carries us to places far beyond the reaches of our sight, harnessing the ability to touch on any emotion. So it is no wonder that film scores play such a vital role in the….

Taming Monsters with Guillermo del Toro

  As far back as the days of the sirens in Homer’s The Odyssey, horror fans have come to love and hate monsters. We gawk in awe at their brutish ways, but love when their stories fill our imaginations. With seemingly wicked nature, grotesque physical features, and violent demeanor harboring death and destruction to those who cross them, Thehouseofmonsters.com states that “The word monster is derived from the Latin word “monstrum”, which in [literal] terms means omen.” While most of us would be fighting with flight or fright, legendary director and creative mind Guillermo del Toro runs towards them — beckoning….