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LIZZIE: A Punk-Rock Musical About The Infamous Lizzie Borden

One humid morning in 1892, a prominent businessman named Andrew Jackson Borden and his wife Sarah Anthony Borden were brutally axed to death in their home. Their young daughter, Lizzie, was the prime suspect in their deaths and the trial became a nationwide media sensation. Over a century later, Lizzie Borden remains one of the […]

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1428 Elm Street, Springwood, OH: A Pilgrimage To The NIGHTMARE House

Four years after my mother graduated high school, she and one of her closest girlfriends caught a late-night screening of a new horror film that had just hit theaters: Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The two girls screamed in their seats, absolutely freaked out, and then had to walk home together in the […]

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8 Terrifying, True Christmas Murders

The yuletide season is supposed to be one filled with peace on earth, good will towards men, and a celebration of joy. With empty pockets trying to pay for expected commercialized happiness, exhaustion from the rest of the year weighing heavy, and depressing weather surrounding the season; for many people, Christmas is the worst time […]

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Why Women’s Costumes Are The Worst Part About Halloween

For most horror fanatics, Halloween is the most exciting part of our entire year. Halloween is a time of tricks, treats, and dressing up as whoever or whatever we please.  The weird thing is that for women, we are forced to be whatever or whoever we please within a very specific constraint—sexy. Now, let it be […]

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Confessions Of A Girl Who Thought THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Was Real

On a cold November night in 1999, I found myself nestled inside of a pop-up camper in the middle of the woods. Surrounded by the sounds of breaking branches, the bitter Lake Michigan wind, and nothing but leafless trees as far as the eye could see, I crammed into a sleeping bag in front of […]

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Munchausen by Proxy Murder: The Terrifying Tale of Gypsy Rose & Dee Dee Blancharde

[Warning: Potentially disturbing content ahead] Gypsy Rose Blancharde was an inspirational little girl. Bound to a wheelchair, Gypsy Rose fought leukemia, muscular dystrophy, seizures, hair loss, teeth loss, and was even displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Through many charitable organizations including Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity, Gypsy Rose Blancharde and her mother Claudinnea “Dee Dee” Blancharde […]

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In Defense Of The Damsel In Distress

After the explosion of misogyny that came along with the new GHOSTBUSTERS movie, there’s been a lot of discussion about female representation in male dominated film genres. Women are often regulated to secondary characters and a large amount of films fail the Bechdel test, a test that asks whether a work of fiction features at […]

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10 Pokémon Inspired By Creepy Legends and Lore

The fact that I have found the time to sit down and write an article in between my day job and my tireless hours of Pokémon hunting is cause for a celebration.  Like most people, Pokémon GO has quickly replaced Candy Crush and Instagram as the most important app on my phone. As a child […]

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The Hills Have Eyes With The Sound of Music: Horror Musicals On Stage & On Screen

Filled with a plethora of subgenres and genre benders, the continued success of the Horror genre is the necessity to convey the macabre to new generations. The scariest thought of any cinephile is that there is a film out there specifically made for them, and they just haven’t found it yet. Some folks are die-hard […]

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Puberty, Possession And The Phobia Of Female Bodies

Puberty is a terrifying time for everyone, but puberty for girls is like something out of a Cronenbergian nightmare. In what feels like an instant – our bodies begin to mutate into unfamiliar forms we can’t control, chemicals rushing through our veins begin to send signals to places we never thought to explore, and we […]

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“Good, Bad, I’m the Guy With The Gun” – An Analysis of Gun Representation in Horror

There’s an overwhelming amount of people that cite Pennywise of Stephen King’s IT as the source of their fears of clowns.  Additionally, JAWS made people fear the ocean the same way PSYCHO made us fear showering alone.  The experiences we have during a horror film can legitimately change the way we think or interpret our surroundings. Wes […]

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The Evils of The Millennial Horror Evolution

The horror canon is vast and constantly expanding; finding new ways to illicit the fear we are all capable of experiencing at some point or another. Fears can change over time, so horror films are tasked with appealing to its ever-evolving audience. With that in mind, filmmakers and screenwriters have begun to utilize the technological […]