As the name of this blog implies, I’m a horror scholar. Not THE, but A– I would never make that claim. My diploma(s) read “English,” but for many, many years I have been interested in/obsessed by/fanatical about horror films. One of the best things about my life is that I get to watch horror films and call it “work.”
Contained herein are my thoughts and reviews about films I’ve seen, love, hate, and everything in between. While of course I want to get my ideas out there into the void, I hope to elicit some conversation about these films and these ideas; what better, Kind Reader, than a rousing discussion of how it would have been better if there had been less CGI in The Wolfman, or if Tony Goldwyn (“John,” but don’t pretend you don’t recognize him from Ghost) hadn’t gone over-the-top by utilizing kitchen appliances as weapons in the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s classic Last House on the Left.
Further, don’t forget that horror has a place in the real world– for most of what can be imagined and created on film, there are instances in the world (but hopefully, not in our lives) where these horrors can come to life. I hope that by studying this particular type of entertainment we can possibly learn to empathize more fully with actual instances of horror and violence, and come to understand the drives that compel us to seek out (and produce) images of these terrible things on the screen.
Now, everyone, give it your best scream: AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!