Tagged horror

The Bye Bye Man Won’t Be Back

I am so very sorry, Carrie-Anne Moss (Detective Shaw). I don’t know what twisted Hollywood trail brought you to spend one or two shooting days on the set of The Bye Bye Man, but please avoid that way in the future. I am guessing that the phrase “from the producers of Oculus” impressed your agent enough to sign you up. Maybe it’s time to shop for a new agent? The Bye Bye Man is the latest indie film attempt to...

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...

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...

A Death at Zee: Sunless Sea Reviewed

The first expansion for Failbetter Games’ Sunless Sea will be here on October 11. The 2015 game was free on Steam recently, and it’s a terrifying wonder to behold. Though this roguelike game (or perhaps rogue-lite, if we’re splitting hairs) encourages you to “Lose your mind” and “Eat your crew,” its appeal is not in its difficulty but in its rich and haunting world. Sunless Sea draws rough poetry out of the code and is a worthwhile experience in spite of its flaws. In Sunless...

Throwback Thursday Special: Looking at the Blair Witch Series

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. Blair Witch is now out in theaters. This special edition of Throwback Thursday will take a look back at the first two films, see how the new flick fits into the themes and mythology set-up, and explore what makes this series special. Take yourself back to 1999. Grunge was...

Blair Witch Serves Up Scares without Trying to Recreate 1999

“Did you see that?! Did you? What the [bleep] was that?!” No. Wait. Yes—I saw . . . something. Maybe? Something in the shaky camera work, in the grainy footage, between the hysteria and the tears, I am sure I saw something . . . didn’t I? The Blair Witch Project (1999) shouldn’t need much of an introduction. It was a documentary-style horror film about a group of young adults who venture into a folk legend. They get lost in the woods;...

Enter to Win a Blair Witch Prize Pack!

Seventeen years later, The Blair Witch Project finally has a sequel, and we’re giving you the chance to see it for free—plus win some Blair Witch swag! Here’s everything we’re giving away: Prize Pack A (1 Winner) (2) tickets to see Blair Witch on September 8 at 9:30 p.m. at the Landmark Lagoon Cinema (1) Blair Witch T-shirt (1) 12×24-inch miniposter (1) poster pin Prize Pack B (1 Winner) (2) tickets to see Blair Witch on September 14 at...

Throwback Thursday: Near Dark Won’t Let You Say the V Word

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. Vampire films are constantly going in and out of fashion. I believe part of the fascination is the almost-seductive nature of nuzzling at the neck. It plays to a much more libidinous side of our nature than the primal werewolf or other classic horror icons. There’s a film from...

Yamishibai Is a Fresh Take on Japanese Horror

Horror is a genre that seems to come in waves, with dramatic drops and rises in quality. There will be a large amount of rather mediocre and uninspired bits of horror that get released, mostly capitalizing on recent trends in more popular and much better horror films to the point of stagnation. Then there will come an upswing, with releases that have a greater focus on standing out among the crowd and doing something a little more interesting and...

Film at MSPIFF: The Invitation Is Worth Accepting

What I’ll tell you when you ask me about this film at the bar: It’s a thriller that wants to be a horror film, or the other way around. A well-produced indie that merges a few tropes into an interesting standout. Yes, this is that “art horror” you’ve read so much about on the Internet. If that intrigues you, keep reading. The not-so-secret secret of classic slasher films is that we are supposed to want most of the hapless...
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