What’s the Story with American Horror Story?

An anthological horror series and breakthrough in its own right, FX’s American Horror Story (AHS) has carried fans grimly through haunted edifices, serial killers, voodoo and witchcraft, monsters, and too many forms of torture to count. You would think they were out of material of the macabre by now – but you’d be wrong.   From the very beginning, show creators […]

Camerawork in The Changeling

Poetry in Film: A Closer Look at The Changeling’s Camerawork

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” — Orson Welles   In 1980, a Canadian film titled The Changeling was released starring Oscar winner George C. Scott and directed by Peter Medak. It joins ‘The Shining’ as it, too, was released that same year, jump starting the thriller and […]

Stephen King’s 3 Categories of TERROR

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. […]

Winchester Mystery House - The House Built by Spirits

Winchester: “The House Built by Spirits”

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 […]

The Witch and the Folktale

The Witch and The Folktale

(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” […]