In fiction and popular culture, parasitic characters appear as a metaphor for the threat and spread of disease. But they’ve also played for laughs.
Ever since Dracula was born in the late 19th century, every age gets the vampire it deserves.
The British countryside is supposed to be peaceful and idyllic. Don’t be fooled.
For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. But now we’re seeing a wave of films created by blacks and starring blacks.
Four spine chillers and a slapstick zombie comedy film to get you back out from behind the sofa.
We love to be scared by creepy movies. But fear has other uses too. It can be used negatively by politicians to control us, but can also be a tool to harness internal change.
New research is uncovering medieval legends about the undead in Britain.
Visiting a haunted house or watching a horror movie can be terrifying and enjoyable at the same time. A sociologist explains the psychological benefits of being safely scared.
Proper horror should be more than just monsters and suspense.
In Cargo, zombies roam Australia and Aboriginal people living off the land are best equipped to repel them. The first half hour is brilliant but the film becomes far less satisfying.
From Dundee to Dublin, horror spectaculars are springing up like zombies from the dead.
Mary Shelley’s novel asked questions about the human condition that are more relevant today than ever.
Stranger Things 2 finds its monsters in Reagan-era capitalism. It is required viewing for socialists this Halloween.
A guide to some lesser known treats to read and watch over Halloween.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is a sci-fi classic with a strong fanbase among polar scientists. So why does it resonate so much?
Stephen King is the undisputed master of horror but does he get the respect he deserves as a ‘real’ writer?
Clowns were even scarier when you were young.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there’s more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.