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Joshua Lyon

The Bite #63

Horror Slaycations, BLACK CHRISTMAS Reboot, and More!

Tolstoy claimed that all great storytelling falls into one of two categories – a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. If you base a scary movie around a vacation, you get both! Tension builds as characters contend with problems like culture clashes, unfamiliar landscapes, language barriers, baggage both physical and emotional, and that’s before the bodies start to pile up.

The Bite #58

Why Small Budgets Work Well for Horror Movies, IT: CHAPTER TWO Trailer, Geeks Who Eat, and More!

With advances in video technology and digital editing tools, filmmaking has never been more democratic — the door is open to anyone with an idea and the guts to max out a few credit cards. Considering the average American is already $137,000 in debt, what’s another $11,000? That’s how much it cost director Oren Peli to make 2009’s Paranormal Activity, which grossed more than $193 million worldwide.

The Bite #46

ARMY OF DARKNESS and Other Horror Movie Game-Changers, HELLBOY Beer, and More!

Army of Darkness turns a groovy twenty-six today! (In North America, that is.) Happy birthday, Ash (and Evil Ash, and all those Mini Ashes).

The Bite #39

2018 Year in Review, JORDAN PEELE’S Terrifying new Trailer, and More!

When film historians look back on 2018, they’ll likely cite our divisive political climate as the reason why horror had such a glorious year. Our normal stance would be to argue that horror is always great; the only thing that changes is how much attention the mainstream pays it. That being said, this year has seen some epic, defining moments in the genre. Here’s a look at some of 2018’s biggest horror highlights:

The Bite #30

Revisiting HALLOWEEN III, Unmasking HALLOWEEN (1978), and More!

For decades after the 1982 release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, it was considered pretty uncool to admit liking the film. But despite its woefully low Rotten Tomatoes score, the stand-alone is finally evolving from one of the most maligned franchise follow-ups into a cult classic must-see.

JASON VOORHEES Trashed, ASH Hangs up his BOOMSTICK, and More!
The Bite #25

JASON VOORHEES Trashed, ASH Hangs up his BOOMSTICK, and More!

Historically, the rape revenge subgenre has been deeply problematic, to say the least. Too often the attack is shown in graphic detail, ostensibly to make the perpetrator’s comeuppance more satisfying, but the scenes tend to be voyeuristic and witnessed through a leering male gaze; much more horrifying than any gore that follows.

DAWN OF THE DEAD’S Zombie Legacy, SUSPIRIA Spoof Trailer, and More!
The Bite #22

DAWN OF THE DEAD’S Zombie Legacy, SUSPIRIA Spoof Trailer, and More!

Forty years ago this week, George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead bit down hard on the horror genre, and it’s never been the same. Dawn crossed cultural lines only nudged before by its predecessor Night of the Living Dead (and some movies that emulated Night of the Living Dead, like The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and The Grapes of Death).

BUFFY, THE LOST BOYS, What Scares NEIL GAIMAN, and More!
The Bite #18

BUFFY, THE LOST BOYS, What Scares NEIL GAIMAN, and More!

The Lost Boys and Buffy the Vampire Slayer both celebrate anniversaries today, their 31st and 26th respectively. The movies aren’t quite in the same league, but each horror/comedy has name-brand recognition as paragons of how to use bloodsuckers as supernatural stand-ins for teen angst.

THE PREDATOR Trailer, PHANTASM Returns, and More!
The Bite #14

THE PREDATOR Trailer, PHANTASM Returns, and More!

Independence Day! It’s never quite as fun when it falls midweek (boo to a missed three-day weekend), but that’s no excuse not to celebrate. And while you’re watching the annual light show that symbolizes our nation’s independence, don’t forget to also salute the important roles those fireworks serve in horror.

CHUCKY’S Back, HELLRAISER Rules, and More!
The Bite #13

CHUCKY’S Back, HELLRAISER Rules, and More!

There are tons of horror podcasts out there, and we’ve found five of the best — all excellent programs hitting their prime, each with a different take on the genre to keep you well rounded.

Michael Myers Returns, A Stranger Things Prequel, and More!
The Bite #11

Michael Myers Returns, A Stranger Things Prequel, and More!

In June 1968, Rosemary’s Baby kicked off a deluge of films about devilish kids like The Omen and The Exorcist, but none were as female-focused or remain as politically relevant as the mother of them all.

New Stephen King, IT 2 Cast Updates, and More!
The Bite #8

New Stephen King, IT 2 Cast Updates, and More!

Where, exactly, are you safest? We know where the answer should be, but visceral subgenre, Home Invasion, preys on just how unexpectedly vulnerable we are in our houses, apartments, weekend cottages, etc. A vehicle for personal grievances, random acts of violence, escaped convicts and “what has the world come to” fear mongering, Home Invasion is for many, one of the toughest and most intense realms of horror.

SUSPIRIA News, Killer Toys, and More!
The Bite #7

SUSPIRIA News, Killer Toys, and More!

Funko’s new IT exclusive for Hot Topic features Pennywise chatting up Georgie from inside the sewer. We know the poor kid’s arm is about to get ripped off, but the terrifying tableau still manages to be adorable, and the evil clown is hardly the only cute little killer out there that’s gotten the kid-friendly treatment. There’s a mini-renaissance happening when it comes to turning horrific villains into, um, child’s play.

News about IT: CHAPTER 2, HELLBOY, and More!
The Bite #3

News about IT: CHAPTER 2, HELLBOY, and More!

Horror has a long background of using desolate snow-scapes to highlight helplessness. A few standouts include 30 Days of Night, Dead Snow, The Shining, and most recently AMC’s excellent new series The Terror. The fictional retelling of a failed 1845 Arctic expedition focuses on two ships that became trapped in ice, and while the true story is already scary enough (mutiny and cannibalism ensued), the show anchors much of its fear in the form of a mysterious creature hunting the stranded sailors.

A Quiet Place Roars into Theaters, and More!
The Bite #2

A Quiet Place Roars into Theaters, and More!

A Quiet Place grossed $50 million at the box office over the weekend, and its success has us thinking about when great movies utilize a lack of sound for scares. Most horror films include at least one moment with a character forced to keep quiet to avoid detection (Ginny hiding under a bed in Friday the 13thPart 2 comes to mind), but flipping that script is often freakier.