So Your Kid Likes Scary Movies … What Now?
My twelve-year-old son Shane has been a horror fan ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. These days he dabbles in makeup FX and creates props from his favorite movies like Aliens and The Ruins. Beyond the gore, however, he enjoys a really good scare and watches his faves repeatedly. When it became clear that he progressed beyond the gateway fare like Gremlins, we started to talk more about the things that spook us. I’m no Village Voice luminary of the critical world, but I’ve managed to make a modest career out of watching and dissecting the things that go bump in the night. Here’s what led to the most illuminating conversations between my son and I
The Ultimate Guide To Halloween Triple Features
As we head into October, we’re all aware of how different this Halloween is going to be, so we wanted to put together a treat for the season. That’s why this week’s special issue of the Bite is designed with one thing in mind: to give you some inspiration for your Halloween movie marathon.
SEASON OF THE WITCH And The Dissatisfied Woman
When Season Of The Witch released in 1973, its original title was Hungry Wives. The term is an apt one, nailing both the protagonist’s insatiable thirst for flesh and power and a social commentary on the shifting role of women in society. George A. Romero, no stranger to socio-political commentary in his films, sandwiched his witchy unpacking of feminist evolution between two genre examinations of social unrest; zombie-fest The Night Of The Living Dead and bio-horror The Crazies.
THE SKELETON DANCE, The History Of The Danse Macabre And MORE!
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Disney Cartoons’ innovative Silly Symphony series debut, The Skeleton Dance. Directed by the mouse man himself and drawn by Ub Iwerks, the short film features midnight mischief as a group of skeletons rise and dance a gruesome jig in a howling graveyard. Playing tunes on each other’s ribcages and stacking their skulls together, the dead unite for one night only, all to the cheeky tunes of composer Carl W. Stalling.
A look at James Whale, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and MORE!
Who’s your favorite Universal monster? Though she isn’t even shown until the tail end of the film, the Bride of Frankenstein just hits all the right notes for me. This week, we celebrate the birthday of the Bride’s filmmaker, the legendary James Whale.