Until c.1080 CE, the Temple of Uppsala stood tall and proud outside Gamla Uppsala, Sweden. The temple served as a place of worship and community dedicated to pagan deities such as Thor, Odin, and Freyr. By the eleventh century, however, religious civil war had pitted Christians against pagans with Christianity emerging as the victor. Christian
Over the past few years, nostalgia has been a key element behind the drive and continuous success of the horror genre. The surge of remakes, sequels, and the newly coined term “requels” is par for the course at this rate, and even most original projects can’t help but openly reference the works that inspired it.
Imagine a scenario involving a casual sexual encounter. You are out at a club, have a few drinks, and meet an attractive companion. Excitement and inebriation cause a momentary lapse in judgment, and you engage in unprotected intercourse. Days, weeks, even months later, you fall ill and make an appointment to see your family physician.
If childhood memories could be distilled into pure energy, they would probably seem as radioactive as the golden glow emitted from the spray-painted wheat fields of The Reflecting Skin. Otherworldly, easily seen from a distance and something that would likely be burned upon our retinas if stared at long enough. But, in the instance we
When we look back on the history of music, there’s a trope that has risen again, and again, and again: brilliant musicians selling their souls to the Devil in exchange for fame and talent. While this idea is today synonymous with metal and shock rock in particular, it has existed long before the invention of
Stories can be told in infinite ways, and horror stories are no exception. One of the oldest ways storytelling are folk songs, which could tell tales of terrible monsters, warn of bogeymen, or recount harrowing murders. With the recent advent of folk horror in popular media, now seems like an excellent time to discuss one
Hereditary shook up the horror community upon its release. The slow-burn torment of being forced to watch a family slowly go mad as tragedies are inflicted upon them, helped to sear the film into viewers’ minds. The ending, with its last-minute reveal of the antagonist, left audiences unsettled, disgusted, and mortified, having been witness to
Remember the scene in Taxi Driver in which Travis Bickle first sees the teenage prostitute Iris Steensma tottering on her ten inch platform shoes in front of a cinema called Variety Photoplays? Or the montages of him driving along the neon lit forty-second street where the marquees of the Lyric or the New Amsterdam cinemas
In Boyle Heights, on the corner of South St Louis and Inez Street, is the old Linda Vista Community Hospital. This building is one of the oldest medical facilities in Los Angeles. Although the hospital initially opened its doors in 1904, many of the urban legends and stories of hauntings are due to the gang
The “Death Game” is an unofficial genre of thriller wherein a set of humans (or at least sentient beings) are pitted in a contest where the consequence of failure is the player’s last reward. The appeal isn’t hard to explain – the premise packs immediate tension as characters are faced not only with the threat