Welcome to Must Read Horror. The internet has been scoured once again for the week’s best horror articles, and the results are in:
- Evil Eighties: The Creepy Nursery Rhymes of Elizabeth Engstrom
- The 20 Greatest Original Horror Scores
- When Books Live at the Thrilling Intersection of Sci-Fi and Horror
- How to Make a Good Horror Movie: 9 Lessons from the Genre’s Latest Triumphs
- Shemps, Tommy Jarvis, and the Modern Prometheus
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Tor’s retrospective look at the horror paperbacks of the 1980s continues as they delve into the life and works of Elizabeth Engstrom.
One of the most important elements of a great horror movie is its score. An utterly terrifying atmosphere can be created with just the right combination of string and drum, and that is exactly what these twenty movies, chosen by Indiewire, managed to achieve.
Sci-fi and horror work well together, like salt and pepper, Ant and Dec, Fred and Rose. Some of the greatest movies and books ever created successfully combined the genres (The Thing, Alien, Event Horizon). In this article, Off the Shelf looks at seven books living at the thrilling intersection of sci-fi and horror.
In this article from AV Club, nine recent horror successes offer tips and advice on how to make a good horror movie. Surprisingly, “Avoid casting Tara Reid” is not on the list.
When Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was released, a lot of people thought that was the end for hockey-faced mother’s boy, Jason Voorhees. You see, the clue was in the subtitle, or at least it seemed to be. In this article, Cinema Viscera looks at the film and its successor A New Beginning, paying particular attention to how the producers managed to bring Jason back to life when they promised (PROMISED! IT WAS IN THE SUBTITLE!) they wouldn’t.
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