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7 Reasons Horror Movie Sequels Can Only Get Less and Less Scary

People go to horror movie sequels for many reasons—genuine interest, idle curiosity, tradition, blind optimism—but they almost never go to be scared. Horror movie sequels don’t just negate the point of the previous movie, the negate the point of their entire genre. They can’t help being increasingly less scary than… » 8/13/15 10:00am 8/13/15 10:00am

The Exact Moment When Freddy Krueger Stopped Being Scary

When A Nightmare on Elm Street hit theaters in 1984, it was hailed as a legitimately scary movie. But as the series added sequel after sequel, Freddy Krueger began to lose his potency, transforming from boogeyman to wisecracking buffoon. When, exactly, did that happen? Here's the exact instant when Freddy pivoted. » 1/30/15 1:10pm 1/30/15 1:10pm

Five Reasons to Watch Movies that Hurt You, Haunt You, and Make You Want to Vomit

Welcome back to Horrorhead, a column where we explore the intersection of horror and scifi. I wasn't born a horror movie fan, I made myself one through years of careful practice and studious watching. Everybody has an origin story, and mine begins with the pulsing, gooey strands of sludge that enveloped and destroyed… » 4/16/08 11:19am 4/16/08 11:19am