The Horror in “It Can Happen to You”

  (Spoiler Alert) When Netflix’s crime documentary ‘Making a Murderer’ hit our devices and television screens in 2015, we were glued. We watched, genuinely interested and nosy like neighbors catching a glimpse into the house down the street that never leaves its blinds open. As the story unfolded, we still watched, growing ever more invested in finding out whether Steven Avery really was guilty or innocent of murder. Writers/directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos lead us, step by step, into the trials and the lives of Avery’s family and even into his mind as we held our breath, annoyed as each of the ten episodes ended while eagerly pushing….

Audience Appeal: A Case Study of The Babadook

  (Spoiler alert)   A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote, “You will be scared. And also, perhaps even more scarily, moved,” when critiquing the 2014 film, The Babadook. The film brought in $6.7 million at the box office based on a $2 million budget. It earned itself a 98% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It didn’t, however, bode as well with movie-goers. IMDB holds it at 6.9/10 and only a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes for audience scores.   So why the stark contrast between critic rating and audience acceptance of Jennifer Kent’s directorial debut.   Horror, like any other….

It’s Always Sunny “Pays Tribute” to The Shining

    When someone mentions It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Shining in the same sentence, something immediately seems off. One is a raunchy, comedy series on FXX and the other is a serious staple of the horror film genre. What they both do have in common, though, is a stroke of genius which transcends their respective times.   This season, It’s Always Sunny paid a kind of homage to The Shining. This hasn’t been the first time the comedy writers and cast tried their hand at horror (season eight, Maureen Ponderosa’s Wedding Massacre), but this time, in their current eleventh season,….