Tagged Halloween

Throwback Thursday: Dark Star Is an Excavated Classic

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. I’m going to start off this throwback with a big ol’ declarative sentence. Dark Star is not a good film. There. I’ve said it. You might be wondering why I’m devoting a column to its existence, then. It might not be a good film, but it is an important...

Halloween Anime Roundup: Scaryish, Scarier, Scariest

Halloween is almost here, and beyond causing me to contemplate which of my past cosplays I might repurpose as a Halloween costume, this season has me thinking about the scary anime I’ve seen . . . and have yet to see! In truth, there aren’t as many horror-themed anime series out there as one might expect—or at least, not many that have gained a lot of traction with fans aside from the most devoted aficionados. There are certainly a lot of...

Día de los Muertos: It’s a Memorial, Not a Halloween Festival

Día de los Muertos is a much-loved holiday in Latinx*, primarily Mexican, culture. On this sacred day, we honor our loved ones who have passed on. Although the holiday is called the Day of the Dead, it’s actually two days: one to honor the spirits of dearly departed children and youth and the second to honor the spirits of our adult loved ones who have passed on. Unfortunately, though this holiday is highly revered and completely unrelated to the white...

Geeky Parents to Be: DYI Mario Chain Chomp Halloween Costume

All Hallows’ Eve can be a time of year for couples to go out, have a good time, and dress up as a pair: salt and pepper shakers, the Joker and Harley Quinn, and Ken and Barbie are just a few possibilities. As easy as those ideas sound (who am I kidding they are not that easy), coming up with a geeky, comfortable costume idea to share with my pregnant wife this year was not proving so easy. I needed a...

Seven Spine-Tingling Events to Make Your MN Halloween Perfectly Frightening

The Twin Cities are a hotbed for exciting, spooky events around Halloween. Just last weekend, thousands of zombies lumbered through downtown Minneapolis for the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. This event is so popular that it even holds a Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies, illustrating the love that Minnesotans have for creepy, macabre events. If you missed ZPC this year, don’t get your tattered zombie pants in a bundle quite yet—there are still plenty of Halloween and...

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....

Psychological Horror: 4 Films That Will Get into Your Head

We’ve covered the creepy, quirky, and scary. Now it’s time for my favorite: psychological horror. The films listed below don’t rely on squick and jump scares to grab your attention. They keep you up at night and creep up behind you. They prey on you long after the credits roll. 1. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro, R) Pan’s Labyrinth is more of a dark fantasy than a horror film proper. But it’s undeniably eerie and atmospheric with a stunning...

Get Ready for Halloween with This Easy Pumpkin Diorama

I was at the dollar store the other day when I came across some carveable Styrofoam pumpkins. I didn’t give them much thought until I found the little science figurines in the next aisle. Next thing I knew, I had two pumpkins, some figurines, and a package of moss in my basket. Add some spray paint and googly eyes from Target and I was ready for a diorama! What You’ll Need At least one carveable pumpkin (you can get...

6 Films to Scare Your Pants Off . . . and You’ll Love Every Minute of It

It’s Ansley again with more films to get you ready for Halloween! Last time, I shared some of my favorite horror films that were creepy and atmospheric or just really bizarre and great to watch with friends. The following are the ones to watch in complete darkness—alone—with a high-quality set of headphones. You’re welcome. 1. The Thing (1982, John Carpenter, R) The Thing is, in my opinion, the ideal horror film. It’s a perfect storm of elements spiraling together to...

5 Creepy and Quirky Horror Films to Enjoy with Your Friends

Hello—Ansley Grams from CONvergence’s Cinema Rex here! Happy “Hocus Pocus is on TV Five Times a Day Every Day” Month! Look, Hocus Pocus is a wonderful movie. It is a personal favorite of mine, even when it’s not “in season.” The acting (particularly of the trio) is top notch, the humor is ageless, and I still want to grow up to be Sarah and ride around on a mop brainwashing children with my creepy singing . . . what?! You...
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