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 genre,….

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, the….