'The Conjuring' is based on not just one, but two true stories. It follows the ghost hunting husband and wife team, the Warrens, and the Perrons, a large family of seven that move into a haunted house. There are so many things in the movie that make it good, so it was a bit hard, but I did manage to figure out the six main things that make this ghost movie so good, and so scary.
"Welcome to Night Vale" is a bi-monthly podcast by Commonplace Books that harkens back to the horror radio plays of old. The podcast is narrated by the brave Cecil Baldwin, a local resident of Night Vale. He gives community updates about the strange goings on in the small desert town, which are both foreboding, and amusing at times. From him we learn about the Sheriff's Secret Police, strange lights in the night sky, and the ominous, dark hooded figures that run the town from the shadows of the forbidden Dog Park.
In "Jenny Ringo and the Cabaret From Hell," it's Freaky Friday for the eponymous perky gothic modern witch. Can she stop the evil cabaret owner and rescue her professional slacker friend Gavin from having his soul devoured by a demon, or will everything go tits up for her?
An homage to horror films from the 70s and early 80s, "The House of the Devil" combines plot elements of slashers, haunted houses, and satanic panic movies into one devilishly good ride. Ti West did a brilliant job of recreating the feel of those movies by using filming techniques and technology similar to what was available to filmmakers during those two decades. By studying and using film angles that were used in the past, West manages to create what feels like a total immersion experience into the past for movie goers, and I think that it's absolutely brilliant.
There's just something about diminutive
monsters that go for the feet first. From the undead Gage in "Pet
Sematary" to the tiny creatures from "The Gate," they all strike
a chord of terror in us that is so primal that it makes us pull up
our feet and sit on them while we watch the movie.
You can make a scary survival horror game that is popular and scary by scaling back the encounters, removing the ammo and guns, and focusing on the environment and puzzles-- something Capcom used to do very well and should return to in the Resident Evil Series, and something that EA's "Deadspace" did quite well up until the third installment of the series.
OK Capcom, EA, pay attention. I'm going to share a secret with you, it's the winning formula for a horror video game:
Tension + Variability + Vulnerability + Being Alone = Fear
Did you get that? Good. Now here's four reasons why it works.
Long before I loved horror movies, I loved reading horror novels. Without horror novels, the modern horror movie as we know it never would've existed, which is why I'm dedicating the entire month of March to them with my National Reading Month Blog Event.
I thought that I would start with a list of the top three horror book series that scared the crap out of me when I was a little kid, and I loved it.
"Marble Hornets" is by far the best Slenderman video series on Youtube, probably because it was the first one ever made. The scares that the videos generate are better than most big budgeted Hollywood horror movies that I've seen in recent years. So it's with great delight and giddy anticipation that I proudly announce that the creators of "Marble Hornets," (Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage and Tim Sutton) have finished talks with Mosaic and have sealed the deal to help create a major motion picture based on their highly successful Youtube video series.
The actors of "The Walking Dead" are living in constant fear of getting that dreaded phone call from the writers letting them know that their character is about to die, and that they're being sent to zombie school.
Both Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) have stated that they are terrified that their characters will be killed because, "No one is safe." With very few members of the original cast still on the show, it's no wonder that they are afraid that they will be the next ones to go.
There's one woman on "The Walking Dead" that we all love to hate, and boy to we hate her. She is someone who is even more incompetent than Lori Grimes, she causes more conflict and creates more trouble for herself than even Carl the rambunctious walker poker, she is Andrea.
While no one has ever talked about it, the truth is plain as day, Andrea is one of the most hated villains of "The Walking Dead." Here's six reasons why.
"Slender: The Arrival" is a new Slenderman game by Parsec Productions that was written by the Marble Hornets team. It is the sequel to "Slender: Eight Pages," and it's going to be incredibly scary.
The game's publisher, Blue Isle Studios, announced last week on February 3, 2012 that pre-orders for the PC version of the game will start very soon. Anyone who pre-orders the game gets instant access to the Beta test of the game (the playable demo of the game, which happens to be the updated version of the forest from "Slender: Eight Pages).
Yesterday, Rely on Horror announced that Silent Hill video game producer/developer Tomm Hulett had officially left Konami. But I don't think that he resigned. That's too nice of a word. It think that either he quit, or he was forced to quit by the company. And here's why.
"Mama" is the tale of two girls who lived in a nice house in suburbia. When the stock markets crashed, their father killed their mother and took them on a ride into the woods. They came upon an abandoned cabin, and there their father was going to kill them and then himself. But the cabin wasn't really abandoned. A ghost was there, searching for her lost infant. She saw the girl's father about to kill them, she killed him before he could harm them. She then became the girl's mother and kept them alive by feeding them cherries.
Five years later, the girl's uncle Lucas Desange, has spent his life savings looking for them. On what appears to be the last day that the hunters will go out to search of the girls, they find them. The girls are feral and have lived like animals.
When the girls are taken to live with their uncle and his girlfriend Annabel (who clearly isn't ready to have kids) Mama follows them to their new home, and shortly thereafter, the jealous ghost begins to terrorize the family in an attempt to get her girls back.
There's good news for H.P. Lovecraft fans, Guillermo del Toro has recently announced that he has not given up on his "Mountains of Madness" movie and that he is going to start once again pitching it to studios to see if any of them will pick it up.