Wednesday, 31 October 2018


The franchise is a complex creature, and in horror it can be an engorging, money hungry monster. Saw is an infamous example, taking an intriguing if pulpy concept and stretching it out, with various degrees of success, over eight films. Still, the films have made nearly a billion dollars in ticket sales; a financial boom fueled by cheap productions and passionate fans, replicated by the likes of Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Purge films. Then you have films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Tobe Hooper's response to the success of his debut, and one that winks and pokes fun at it's audience. However, that may not of been the tone the studios were going for, as the franchise quickly slipped back into it's reliable, cookie cutter mold, ensuring a healthy revenue for it's future releases.

On the other end of the spectrum we have the cult classic, the ones too different to be a success, but of whom find their audience eventually. You have films like The Serpent and the Rainbow, which took a radically different look at very familiar trope, and then there's films like The Thing; so loved now is the John Carpenter classic that it's hard to fathom that people might of thought it was one of the most hated films ever.

What is encouraging about all of this though is that horror films will eventually find their audience if they deserve it. Whether it's camp and crass or bleak and troubling, there is always a space for horror, because horror provides validation for our fears, and movies give us a safe place to explore them.

Have a great Halloween, folks, and don't forget to check the cupboard for the bogeyman!

We dedicated an extra podcast each Saturday to part of a horror franchise or a cult classic: James Wan's Saw (with a bonus review of low-budget horror spoof Camp Death III in 2D!); Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow; and John Carpenter's The Thing.

Leigh was up on the blog all month with their customary eclectic tastes, from historical superstitions to recent real life terror: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning; Hรคxan; The Devil Rides Out; and the UK's notorious Protect and Survive PSA's. 

We also had a plethora of extra articles and horror podcast reviews on the blog: Dark Star; Ravenous; 30 Days of Night; Apostle; Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack; Halloween; and Errementari.

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