Macabre Amusements

Night of the Living Dead: The 50th Anniversary!

  It’s a shame that George Romero didn’t make it to see the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Night of the Living Dead.  Though he made many more films in his long career, NOTLD will always be his magnum opus. Because of its iconic status, I chose NOTLD as the...

Gateway to Horror – 10 Movies You Can Watch with Your (Older) Kids This Halloween

  Halloween is fast approaching, which means now is the perfect time to start building your Halloween watch lists. It’s also the time of year in which everyone binges on horror, even those who don’t pay much attention to the genre the rest of the year. This...

Tea Time with the Dead: The Victorian Tradition of Cemetery Picnics

  Within the wrought-iron and stone walls of American cemeteries—beneath the shade of oak trees and tombs’ stoic penumbras—you could say many people “rest in peace.” However, not so long ago, people of the still-breathing sort also gathered there to rest – and...

The 15 Best Urban-Legend Horror Movies

  As ranked by Vulture.com   This month, Slender Man opened in theaters after a long and winding road to the box office (including multiple release-date changes and a mostly absent marketing campaign). The central story is based on the internet lore...

Stryx – Italian TV’s Satanic Disco Variety Hour

  For a short time in 1978, Italian TV viewers could enjoy a musical/variety show with Grace Jones, medieval satanic imagery, and even a cameo from the Devil himself. Picture, if you will: A lithe blonde woman climbs onto a translucent, elevated platform, wearing...

The Weird World of the Halloween Sound-Effects Artist

  A chain rattles, and the wind blows. A skeleton’s bones clatter, and a woman shrieks. A wolf growls, and a ghost whispers in the darkness. Halloween, amirite? The Halloween sound effects album is a staple of the holiday, almost as inextricably linked to it as...