Horror on Screen

Doctor Sleep producer on making a sequel to The Shining 40 years on

We chat to Trevor Macy about the challenge of making a movie that’s part King adaptation, part Kubrick sequel and partly its own thing How do you make a sequel to the ‘scariest movie of all time’? And how do you make it work almost 40 years after the film came out, based on a novel written by an author who notoriously hates the original film? These were the unenviable challenges faced by director Mike Flanagan and his long-time producer ...

Editor’s Pick: Our Favorite Halloween Movies

If you feel like turning off the lights and kicking back with a scary (or spooky…or not really either but still Halloween-themed) movie this October 31st, you’re speaking our language! With Halloween just around the corner, we asked our editors about their favorite flick for a ghoulish good time. Here’s what they said:   Brandan – Movies section editor My Halloween jam is: 28 Weeks Later It’s my favorite Halloween flick because: Fast zombies may be the most terrifying zombie ...

Voodoo on Film: Fact and Fiction

Hollywood loves a voodoo villain. In popular usage, the word “voodoo” connotes dark magic and the occult. It conjures spooky images of gaunt men in dark clothes and top hats, zombies, and dolls stuck through with pins. Since the early twentieth century, pop culture has turned voodoo into a cultural shorthand for the mysterious, magical, and evil.  But the fear of voodoo in American culture runs much deeper than a generalized fear of black magic. In fact, most cultural representations ...

Five Horror Movies We Saw Way Too Young

Everyone has the same story. “When I was a kid…my [insert mischievous friend or sibling]…so we watched…and I’ve been afraid of [clowns/the dark/TV static] ever since — even though our parents repeatedly warned us not to watch horror movies before bed (or ever really) because they’ll give us nightmares. Yet, something COMPELLED us to test that theory.   Welp, these are not those movies.    These are the movies that blindside you on a rainy Saturday afternoon when you thought ...