Welcome to Must Read Horror. The internet has been scoured once again for the week’s best horror articles, and the results are in:
- Why Horror is Good for You (and Even Better for Your Kids)
- Movies Don’t Create Psychos: A Scream Retrospective
- Dissecting Clive Barker!
- A Short History of Found-Footage Horror
- Horror Movies for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting into the Horror Genre
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When people talk about things that are good for you – clementines, jogging, drinking your own piss – they always forget to mention just how beneficial the genre of horror is. I heartily recommend several doses a day for both you and your children, but don’t take my word for it. This article from Tor gives five good reasons why you horror should be one of your five-a-day.
In 1996, horror master Wes Craven singlehandedly resuscitated horror with a film starring the OCD one from Friends, The Fonz, and Drew Barrymore (in a five-minute cameo that was arguably her best work since E.T.). The film was Scream, and this article over at 1428Elm remembers it fondly.
In this article, Arrow in the Head carefully scrutinises the work of one of Britain’s finest living writers, Clive Barker, paying particularly close attention to his big-screen adaptations. Anyone for Rawhead Rex?
Love it or hate it, found-footage horror (or scary-wobbly-cam, if you want to get technical) is here to stay. This article from Volta looks at the history of the found-footage format, and why it works so well with horror.
Want to get into horror, but don’t want to dive in at the deep end and end up freaking out to Haute Tension or The Human Centipede? This article from House of Geekery offers a step-by-step guide to getting into the horror genre, with three suggestions in each subgenre, so now you can work your way from Hocus Pocus to Martyrs in fifteen simple stages.