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The History of DISNEY’S HALLOWEEN TREAT

During the 1980s and early 1990s, it was difficult to avoid running into some holiday-themed TV programming, some even from Disney. The House of Mouse yielded its fair share of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween-related content, most of it dug-up from material in their vaults, just re-edited with new narrations or introductions. They even cut together […]

Films Scary Fun 

5 Disney Films that Should have Been Horror Films

Disney has been delivering touching little animated flicks for 80 years now. In that time, we’ve seen a couple of genuine winners, and we’ve seen more than a handful of movies that influenced filmmakers and specialists in a number of different particular genres, even horror. But as time has unraveled, a couple of pictures with […]

Films Real Life Scares 

You Let Your Kids Watch That?: The Trials of Being a Horror-Loving Parent

It happens to many of us. We are lifelong horror fans who one day decide to procreate, and then we are faced with the daunting task of celebrating our horror fandom while also being good and wholesome parents. This predicament has led to many evenings of me watching frightening flicks via headphones and iPad, while […]

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Disney Made a TV Series About Donald Trump Fighting Crime With a Pirate Ghost

Hey, do you remember that one time Donald Trump bought a haunted mansion in the Caribbean and teamed up with a black ghost pirate and solved crimes using a high-tech superboat? Well, you should, because it happened. (Mostly. Sort of.) In a recent episode of my podcast CANCELED TOO SOON (where we review television shows […]

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5 Gruesome Fairytales Adapted Into Disney Movies That Will Ruin Your Childhood Forever

Disney has capitalized on authors like the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault, turning their fairytales into instant animated film classics that have shaped and defined childhoods for nearly 80 years. And what’s a good fairytale without a happily ever after? Well, the authors beg to differ. Before these tales were fluffed up […]

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The Ghosts of Disneyland and Other Creepy Disney Legends

Everyone knows Disneyland is the “happiest place on earth.” But many call it the “happiest haunted place on earth.” Yes, even the ghosts at Disneyland are said to be harmless – even helpful. As a Los Angeles native, I have been going to Disneyland since I was a baby, and never experienced anything creepy, but […]

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Gregory Burkart’s Top 10 Creepypastas of 2016

Let’s face it, folks… 2016 has been one of the scariest years on record, no matter how many decades of life you’ve managed to survive so far. It comes as little surprise to me, then, how horror entertainment in all its forms has flourished during this tumultuous period. No greater authority than Stephen King himself has […]

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The 13 Best Disney Channel Original “Horror” Movies

Long before The Disney Channel became responsible for Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron’s careers, they were the ultimate in children’s programming. The Disney Channel was, and continues to be, the determining factor in what’s “cool” and popular for kids and tweens. Admittedly, the success of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL completely changed the landscape for DCOMS to […]

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A Closer Look at the Nightmarish Legend of “Suicide Mouse”

Today we’re revisiting a strange topic I originally addressed in my very first creepypasta article, “The Ten Creepiest Creepypastas (That Aren’t Slender Man).” In that piece, I briefly mentioned the alleged existence of “suicide videos” depicting famous cartoon characters (for example, Squidward from SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS) in extremely frightening and surreal scenarios, and sometimes combined with horrific […]

Films 

A Look At The LACMA’s Guillermo del Toro Exhibit!

Guillermo del Toro is one of us. OK. Except ridiculously talented. And wealthy enough to buy any cool and creepy thing he desires. But basically, he’s one of us! On top of helming films such as CRONOS, MIMIC, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH, BLADE 2, the two HELLOBOY films, PACIFIC RIM and CRIMSON PEAK, you’ll […]

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SO WEIRD: The Best Horror Kid’s Show That Everyone Forgot

The Disney Channel is arguably the most accessible of the stations geared towards children, but has always followed the trends and fads that boosted the ratings of all of their competitors. After the successes of shows like GOOSEBUMPS, EERIE, INDIANA, and ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, The Disney Channel put aside the more traditional […]

Films 

Is Disney’s MALEFICENT Actually a Rape-Revenge Movie?

Warning: We’re about to talk about some uncomfortable topics. Imagine this: you have to write a film in which the hero is a woman who puts a death curse on an infant. That’s a tough job. How do you tell that story and make her sympathetic? Well, if you’re Disney, you give her a past […]

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Exploring Two of Disney’s Most Nightmarish Abandoned Parks

Earlier this year, Greg Burkart shared a particularly creepy creepypasta about Mowgli’s Palace, an alleged Disney park that was built in the 1990s and abandoned before it opened. Mowgli’s Palace was allegedly made of a strangely porous material and haunted by evil Disney character costumes that could walk and talk and kill on their own. It […]