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Childhood Captured: Revisiting MONSTER HOUSE!

Some of the best films ever made are the ones that manage to capture — with accuracy — a universal childhood experience. If there’s one thing every human being can relate to, it’s being a child, and an enriched and enhanced cinematic exploration of childhood can only bring out the intensity of that time. Whether […]

Real Life Scares 

Is West Virginia’s Shawnee Lake Amusement Park Cursed?

If you learn anything from a lifetime of watching horror movies, the most important rule is to never, ever build atop a Native American burial ground. The people of Mercer County in West Virginia learned that the hard way. A bloody fight over land that once belonged to the Shawnee tribe, followed by an amusement […]

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Real Life Scares 

The Horrific Crimes of Bruce Pardo, “The Santa Claus Killer”

It’s like something straight out of the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT franchise… only it’s real. In Covina, CA, in 2008, at 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve, a man named Bruce Pardo arrived at the home of his ex-in-laws dressed as Santa Claus. Under one arm, he held a large, giftwrapped package; in the other hand, […]

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They Don’t Skimp on the Meat at Halloween Horror Nights’ TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE Maze

Running the gauntlet through nearly a dozen Halloween mazes in a single evening is a pretty daunting task for all but the hardiest haunt-lovers… and despite being a bit beaten and bloodied by the Midnight hour, I promised myself I’d seek out certain sites at all costs. The new TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: BLOOD BROTHERS maze […]

Real Life Scares 

Did This Photo Predict the Horrible Deaths of Three Children?

Today’s short but shocking tale comes from the notorious “ANOMALY” photo series, first posted to Reddit’s /x/ paranormal image board and later attributed to the user “Rembetis.” This author claims to have worked for a small independent book publisher, and while researching the gallery catalogs for various museums and private curators, discovered a series of […]

Real Life Scares 

The Mysterious and Unknown Fate of the Sodder Children

On Christmas Eve, 1945, the Sodder family home in Fayetteville, West Virginia, caught fire as the family slept. In less than an hour, the house was burned to the ground. Mom Jennie and dad George, both Italian immigrants, survived, as did five of their ten children: John, 23; Marion, 17; George Jr., 16; and Sylvia, […]