Putting away childish things: early horror that lives on

Heinrich Hoffmann wanted to buy his three-year-old son a book for Christmas. After much searching, the German physician came to the conclusion that since there were no such books for a young boy of his son's tender years, he'd simply have to write one himself. The result, Funny stories and whimsical pictures with 15 beautifully coloured …

Killed by… pitchfork

It's not easy to do anything original in films any more. It seems that every idea, every snippet of dialogue, every nuance has been covered before; usually better, occasionally much worse. In fact, one could simply list a single action from a film and find several others just like it. In the horror film it's …

Knives Out! How the Slasher Movie Endure (Part Four): Black Night

"Purely and simply... evil." At around 2.45am, January 15th, 1978, the faulty locking mechanism on a rear door allowed a man to enter the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. He approached the room of 21-year-old Margaret Bowman and bludgeoned her to death with a piece of oak firewood before ensuring the job …

Knives Out! How the Slasher Movie Endures (Part Three): The Yellow Peril

"I make horror movies, my aim is to scare people, yet I'm a fainthearted coward; maybe that's why my movies turn out to be so good at scaring people, since I identify myself with my characters... their fears are mine, too. You see, when I hear a noise late at night in my house, I …

Shock and Gore: The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema by Mike Vaughn

Shock and Gore: The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema by Mike Vaughn

It Comes In Waves: Jaws The Revenge – A Tale of Hollywood Folly

"Since time immemorial, events have taken place with no evident reason for their happening. Such phenomena has been man's dilemma and the subject of constant philosophical discussion. When there is no factor motivating an event, no case of cause creating effect, what triggered the action: fate or circumstance? What you are about to see concerns …

Dark and Lonely Water: More Terror of Public Information Films

'Welcome to my nightmare, I think you're gonna like it' - Alice Cooper There's more terror in the mundane, the commonplace, the downright ordinary, than any fictional monster.  The horrors bestowed upon those who choose adventure over caution; swimming in a lake on a hot summer's day or at play with friends in the yard of …