Tagged Halloween

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 Croft 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...

Why Halloween Season Can Be a Downer for Black Cosplayers

It’s almost Halloween! Every cosplayer’s favorite, or least favorite, season. We spend most of the year constructing costumes, but when it comes to preparing for the day where everyone wears a costume . . . sometimes we’re not quite sure what to do. But this article isn’t about that. Honestly, it was going to be, but then a pattern started to develop. Halloween—no, the entire month of October and even the months surrounding it—is becoming many black cosplayers’ most...

The Holidays Come Early with Midnight Syndicate’s Christmas: A Ghostly Gathering

Midnight Syndicate is best described as music for the imagination. Soundtracks to your darkest dreams. Each of the group’s albums has a theme, follows an intentionally vague story, and lets your mind wander away with the rest. The haunted-house industry uses them heavily as atmospheric backdrops, as do artists and writers from around the world. Consisting of composer/filmmaker Edward Douglas and composer Gavin Goszka, Midnight Syndicate has been steadily creating new material since the late ’90s. Albums have taken fans everywhere: abandoned crypts,...
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