If it’s in a word, or in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook

The older I get, the more I come to realize that the best of my childhood fears offer markers for what I consider entertainment. I'm a monster girl at heart. Fangs, fur, claws, tentacles. I treasure the thing that lives in my closet. The thing that lives under my bed. They have special places in my heart, and often, they need to be fed to be kept happy. When the trailer for The Babadook's Sundance debut began circulating a few months ago, I clamped both hands to my desk, cranked the volume up, and tittered my way through the pounding in my ears. Maybe it's just m[...]


DOLLS- A Great Scary Movie

I've made it no secret that clowns use to scare the living heck outta me. My teenage son got me over this fear by having clowns chase me at our local amusement park. Poltergeist is yet another movie I watched that build up a huge fear of clowns, but I never talk about my fear of dolls. DOLLS, a horror movie from 1984, definitely has a lot to do with my childhood fear of dolls. This is yet another movie I watched at my next door neighbor's house (also saw POLTERGEIST here in 3rd grade). In the '80s, you could get illegal cable using what we called a "black box."[...]


The Curious Case of Annabelle, the Possessed Doll?

Good morning, spooky people. Today I'd like to introduce you to two prominent figures in the paranormal community. You've probably already heard of them if you've sat through Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, The Haunted, or The Haunting in Connecticut. You know all those times that you settle in for a good scare, and the opening sequence informs you that the movie you're about to watch is based on a true story? A few of these accounts happily point back to a couple of folks who made it their life's work to document these cases. While the film adaptations[...]


Dracula Untold

I am sure that if you are following this blog, you are well versed in the story of Dracula. I mean, we all know who Bram Stoker was, right? Here's a test for you... How many Dracula movies have you seen? 1. NOSFERATU (1922)- F.W. Murnau 2. DRACULA (1931)- Tod Browning 3. DRACULA'S DAUGHTER (1936)- Lambert Hillyer 4. BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957)- Herbert L. Strock 5. HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)- Terence Fisher 6. THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)- Terence Fisher 7. DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1966)- Terence Fisher 8. TASTE THE BLOOD OF DRACULA (1970)- Hammer Film Prod[...]