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Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Playing With Radiation: The 1951 “Atomic Energy Lab” — For Kids!

The years following World War II were a glorious time for many Americans — financially speaking, anyway. There was a great wave of prosperity for middle-class working people, and the notion of a consumption-based society was just taking root. The market flooded with new, high-tech products that could now be produced thanks to the end of […]

Real Life Scares 

Children Who Remember Their Past Lives

One day I was driving my four-year-old daughter to preschool when she began talking to me quite randomly. Now I’m used to her random bits of conversations. It’s usually a non-sequitur about a cat she saw the other day or how interesting her shoelaces are, but this day her topic of conversation really caught my attention. […]

Films 

The Kids Aren’t Alright: The Anarchist Cinema of Harmony Korine

If one was to reverse-follow a timeline of Harmony Korine’s filmography — to track back over some of the writer-director’s most significant films, screenplays, and side-projects — the movie that most of us would arrive at, the one we’ve seen and survived, is the Larry Clark-directed and Korine-scripted KIDS: a Dogma 95-style “day-in-the-life” drama about a […]

Films 

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 

The True Story of “The Town That Banned Halloween”

If you’re familiar with the later sequels in the HALLOWEEN franchise, and I’m sure you are, you know there’s a point where Haddonfield completely bans the holiday. While Oil City, PA may not have experienced a rampant serial killer, they did endure something equally awful: On October 27th, 1992, 11-year-old Shauna Howe went missing two blocks […]

Scary Fun 

To Hell with Pre-Fab Halloween Costumes — Make Your Own, Dammit!

The venerable B.J. Colangelo, a regular contributor here at Blumhouse.com, recently authored a salient essay about the sorry state of Halloween costumes that are currently made available for women. In short, her argument was that men are allowed a great variety of Halloween costumes — from creepy to silly to strong to sexy — and […]

Real Life Scares 

South Carolina Neighborhood Under Siege by Predatory Clowns

Remember when we wrote about the sudden epidemic in horrific “clown trolling” sweeping the globe? It seemed that the incidents had dropped off for a while, with only a few reports over the past year… but oh, how wrong we were. How very, very wrong. According to FOX Carolina, residents of an apartment complex in Greenville County, […]

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Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

Nursery Crimes: Terrifying Tales of Creepypasta’s Creepiest Kids

While there are dozens of blood-curdling creepypasta legends revolving around children, when a child itself is the monster of the tale, it shatters our perception of innocence, destroys our long-held conceptions of good and evil, and even puts the very nature of reality in question: after all, if a mere child, with so little knowledge of the world around them, […]

Scary Fun Toys 

Meet “Creepy Fig,” the Nightmarish Life-Size LEGO Man (and Comic-Con Superstar)

As happens every year, attendees at last month’s Comic-Con were confronted by hideous apparitions of all shapes, sizes and species (and a few fans in weird costumes too), but one inventive cosplayer still has folks buzzing long after they returned home from San Diego. Some of the really serious horror-themed costumes wandering the grounds can often […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Gregory Burkart Explains Why This is the Scariest Movie Teaser of All Time

You might find this hard to believe, but… when I was a kid, I was too scared to even think about watching a horror movie. Any horror movie. It’s not like I wasn’t morbidly fascinated with monsters and maniacs; it’s an odd quirk of human nature that we tend to become obsessed with the things […]

Real Life Scares 

Mass Epidemic of Terrifying Seizures in Peru Blamed on Ominous “Man in Black”

Remember our report earlier this month on a rash of unexplained possession-like attacks gripping students in Malaysian schools? While the experts are still trying to make sense of those frightening incidents, yet another group of school children — on the opposite side of the planet this time — has fallen victim to an almost identical […]

Scary Fun TV 

Remembering the Many Strange Spin-Offs of TALES FROM THE CRYPT!

Let us all fondly remember the time when TALES FROM THE CRYPT dominated the horror landscape like a hedonistic pagan god. It sat on its mighty throne of pop culture skulls, feasting on mutton, providing for the gore-thirsty populace the most visible and accepted outlet for blood-soaked horror. For a few years in the early […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Hygiene Horrors: Remembering the Nightmarish 1973 Saftety Short LONELY WATER

So-called “mental hygiene” filmstrips gained popularity after WWII and were main sources of instruction through the 1980s. These films, often unintentionally hilarious, were meant to offer guidance for children and teens, ranging in topics from sex education, safety, drugs, dating, social etiquette, and physical and mental health topics. Frequently, these films used scare tactics; other times, […]