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Macabre Movie Monday: 15 Women Behind the Horror

Welcome to the annual segment of OcTerror that focuses on a category of films rather than paying attention to era lines. These reviews may ignore the boundaries of good and bad in favor of expanding the definitions of what horror can be. In the past, we’ve looked at remakes & reboots, sequels, Asian horror, and… Continue reading Macabre Movie Monday: 15 Women Behind the Horror

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Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Experiment

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those things in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are thousands… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Experiment

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Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Classics

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are thousands… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Classics

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Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Renaissance

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those things in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Renaissance

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Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Heyday

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those things in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2022: The Heyday

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Pumpkin Songs 2022: 31 Tracks for Treats

               In 2021, OcTerror returned to its roots with an eclectic mix of music from inside and outside horror films. This year we’ll be continuing our celebration of diegetic and non-diegetic sound mixing, soundtracks, and scores with another list of amazing musical moments from some of our favorite movies. In the past 20 years, we… Continue reading Pumpkin Songs 2022: 31 Tracks for Treats

OcTerror · Writing

How I Create My OcTerror Review List

               Although it may be June, OcTerror is well underway behind the scenes and, after five years, I thought sharing some of my creation process could be fun. Although all of my reviews and posts are scheduled for October, I often begin brainstorming and writing them months in advance. Half the time I’m already thinking… Continue reading How I Create My OcTerror Review List

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I Talk on Film at Fifty

            If you’re looking for a taste of OcTerror in June, I have a treat for you. I had a great opportunity to guest on Brian Rowe’s podcast Film at Fifty, where he observes semicentennial movies. We talked about 1972’s Night of the Lepus, Janet Leigh, and the magic of horror—for almost two hours! This… Continue reading I Talk on Film at Fifty

Lifestyles

10 Film Analogies for My Grief

               Grief is weird. And, if you’re like me, you get tired of people asking how you’re feeling or if you’re okay because the answer is no or some flavor of fine, but most people don’t want to hear that. When you lose someone close to you—a beloved pet in my case—you should be allowed… Continue reading 10 Film Analogies for My Grief

Reviews

My Favorite Movies of 2021

               Thanks to a semi-active Letterboxd account, I can share that I watched about 118 films for the first time in 2021. I also re-watched 106 movies. I saw my usual bout of horror films thanks to OcTerror and a vigorous research project. A lot of new movies were released digitally and in theaters. While… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2021