Category: horror

Live and Let Empathize

Happy Death Day (2017) and Happy Death Day 2U (2019) together tell the story of bitchy sorority sister Theresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), a slasher film trope with a difference. Shallow, flighty, and rude, Tree courts exactly the kind of cosmic justice that usually comes at the end […]

The Cabin in the Woods: AITA?

I was selected to be the Fool in a ritual sacrifice by a secret government cabal that is part of an international effort to satisfy the requirements of ancient gods in exchange for not rising and destroying the world. After escaping death, I reconnected with the Virgin, when […]

Ari Aster Has a Plan for Your Life

In his first two films, Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019), insidious cults with insidious plots are to Ari Aster as disease is to David Cronenberg and differently horny monsters are to Clive Barker: a mechanic to pry under conventional assumptions and morality to prepare the way for something […]

10 Scary Things I Saw in 2019

Like Comics Editor Carol mentioned in her own year-end list, sometimes you don’t write about the awesome thing because you admire it so much, you don’t really have much to contribute beyond, “WOW, THAT KICKED ASS.” Two years on, this is why I’ve yet to write about Mandy. […]