In an article titled “Firing Broadsides: Creating a Horror Canon,” I examine the issues surrounding canon-building. When I first proposed a piece on horror canon I thought it would be a fun time researching classic horror titles. I had no idea wh
Last week, I picked up a copy of The Art of Immersion, a 2012 novel by former Fortune and Wired editor Frank Rose. In the book, Rose discusses how the interactivity of video games and the internet has transformed the art of storytelling into a collab
If you have followed me on Twitter for any period of time, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain based in Austin, Texas. I fell in love with the company as an undergraduate student in Texas and continue my unwav
This is an article about The Day of the Triffids, both the 1959 book and the 1962 movie. If you’re unfamiliar with the plot and don’t mind a few spoilers, I would recommend checking out the Wikipedia article for the book here or the movi
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you are aware that a new Batman movie is about to explode onto the scene. Several of my friends have purchased tickets to the Thursday night screening – you know, Batman Beg
I’ve always wondered what it was like for the first, the original, Hitchcock audiences. To be at the front of the line for Psycho and experience all its twisty glory completely unspoiled… I always imagine that to be something magical; sit
Not long ago a friend of mine came over with a new cache of VHS tapes he had recently acquired. Among them was something that I hadn’t seen before; David Carradine’s Tai Chi Workout. As my friend and I were watching the tape I began wondering wha
In 1989 I was 11 years old and I was not fond of horror movies. I had seen horror movies but they scared me and I didn’t understand why a person would choose to do something that scared them. I didn’t enjoy the sensation of fear and there were th
After losing their recent game of media-chicken with Starz, Netflix has pulled many titles from their instant streaming catalog. At last count, over 1,000 titles were removed from Netflix’s streaming database, including several John Carpenter c
(I became a film critic for the puns, ok? Lay off me.) I watch bad movies. It comes with the territory — if you have more than a passing interest in science-fiction and horror, you will find yourself slogging through some pretty terrible genre
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