Macabre Amusements

Rediscovering Obscure Horror Films of the 1970s

  The 1970s was one of the finest decades in cinema history, and the horror genre was no exception. Everyone is familiar with the classics from that era –The Exorcist, The Omen, Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Dawn of the Dead, and...

Plan 10 From Outer Space: Phantasm Turns 40!

  Every one of us can remember certain horror films that stayed with us long after we left the theater. Sometimes a movie just grabs you by the imagination and pops up again in your nightmares when you least expect it.  Like when you’re walking on a dark, lonely...

Seven Great Irish Horror Authors to Read on St. Patrick’s Day

  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are usually boisterous and cheerful affairs with freely flowing alcohol and merriment. But there’s a darker side to Irish culture, a penchant for the macabre and mysterious. Remember, Halloween itself was brought to us by the...

Groundhog, Schmoundhog… 16 Winter Horror Movies

  Our Pennsylvania homeboy – Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather prognosticating rodent – made his annual appearance earlier this month. Apparently he didn’t see his shadow, and folklore tells us that means there will be an early spring this year. You wouldn’t...

Macabre Magical Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum

  As seen in the new Sundance Now/Shudder series, A Discovery of Witches.    The expected snowstorm this weekend pretty much fizzled out, but I was prepared nonetheless… I had planned ahead and was ready to ride it out with the help of comfort food, adult...

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Halloween Movie or Christmas Movie?

  Pick a side! Arguing about the minutiae of pop culture is a proud tradition among nerds the world over, but there are a few subjects that seemingly shouldn’t be up for debate. Yet one of these subjects manages to rear its head every year, tearing the Internet...

Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes… And Other Lessons from the Crematory

  “A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves.” – author Caitlin Doughty   What if I told you that you don’t think enough about your own death? Or the deaths of the people you care about? You’d probably be shocked, or maybe even offended. The...