As horror fans and creators, there is no doubt that we rely heavily on certain emotional reactions from ourselves and our intended audiences. We either want to be scared, or to be the ones doing the scaring – successfully. But in order for this to occur, certain tools are necessary. We must cater to the senses. One major sense or emotion we must trigger is the sense of terror, or “a very strong feeling of fear.” Let’s take a closer look. “..the last and worse one… when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and….
To understand the Winchester Mystery House (located in San Jose, California) is to understand its owner, protector and overseer – Sarah Winchester. The house was more than a home or the tourist attraction it is today, it is a homage to Sarah’s beliefs and unrelenting determination to triumph over what she perceived to be her “curse”. Sarah married into the wealthy Winchester family in 1962. Her husband and father-in-law owned the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in Connecticut, a prominent gun manufacturing company utilized during the American Civil War. Sarah and her husband, William, gave birth to a daughter in 1866, a girl they….
(Spoiler alert.) Prior to watching The Witch (2015), the word “folktale” in its subtitle made me skeptical. I was afraid that the director, Robert Eggers, had snuck the word in as a marketing gimmick or that maybe I’d realize midway through the word had been genuinely misused. By the end, I found neither of these to be true. The word “folktale” is a type of folklore and a form of storytelling that stems in cultural origin and assimilation, usually begun and passed down by word of mouth alone. Knowing the original creators of a story can be next to impossible, as with every retelling of….
Zombies. They’ve been likened to dinosaurs in that they seem to have been around forever yet no one’s ever really seen one. The strange notion that a dead man can come back to life borders on horrific to gut-wrenching. The idea of a zombie can bring out a range of emotions, from outright fear at the prospect of death, sadness as you watch those you love perish as they themselves become zombies, and even empathy as these brainless beings who were once like you and me are reduced to a skin bag of bones hungry solely for flesh (preferably human, of course). Yet,….
If you haven’t seen the 1993 Docudrama Fire in the Sky, arguably a true story, I suggest you put aside your plans for tonight, turn off the lights, and watch this with your hands partially covering your eyes. This movie has a scene, quite famous, which can make even the bravest of horror fans squirm in their seats. What makes this particular scene stand out? Roger Ebert explained, “They convincingly depict a reality I haven’t seen in the movies before, and for once I did believe that I was seeing something truly alien, and not just a set decorator’s daydreams.” And they did….