Octoberween: ‘Treehouse of Horror V: Time and Punishment’

Friends, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of Rooster Illusion, which I am killing again. October 31st, 2019: “Friends, we are gathered here today to mourn the passing of Rooster Illusion, which I am killing again.” —Octoberween: Treehouse of Horror V: Time and Punishment, written by me, just now, announcing the re-deadening…

Second Breakfast Octoberween: “Halloween 2018” and the continually dismal state of slasher movies

Slasher movies have been around for a while, depending on how you want to define the term. From a certain point of view, they were making slashers in the ‘20s. Film scholars traditionally point to the simultaneous releases of Psycho and Peeping Tom as getting the ball rolling, and then in the following decade grungy blood-and-guts extravaganzas…

A Bomb in the Lasagna: The People Under the Stairs is Wes Craven’s Underrated Masterpiece

By 1991, director Wes Craven had lived several lives. Over the course of 20 years, the college professor-turned-horror-auteur evolved from the grindhouse provocateur to the 80s slasher hitmaker behind the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.  Still several years from leading the meta-horror renaissance with Scream, Wes Craven released a movie that defies easy categorization. Parts dark…