Welcome to Must Read Horror, the place to find the best horror articles of the week. Once again we’ve searched the internet for interesting and notable articles for your reading pleasure. This week:
- Examining the Critical Reaction to The Thing
- 5 Horror Movie Endings That Defy Basic Logic
- Please Stop Killing the Dog
- Edgar Allan Poe and the Cult of the Unusual
- 10 Things You Might Not Know About Rosemary’s Baby
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Believe it or not, John Carpenter’s seminal classic, The Thing, suffered at the hands of critics when it was released in 1982. Were these reviewers smacked off their faces on yuppie-powder at the time? Did they have an aversion to beards or cold weather? Had they still not got over the cuddle-fest that was ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, which came out a mere two weeks before The Thing? This article from Den of Geek looks at the critical mauling, and what might have caused it.
You’ve just sat through an entire film. It’s been, thus far, quite enjoyable. All the film-maker has to do is tie it all off with a pretty little…what the fuck! There’s nothing worse than a nonsense denouement, and these five, compiled by Micro-Shock, take the proverbial biscuit.
You’ve seen the adverts with the matted mongrels, thinner than Calista Flockhart’s neck. You – like myself – have thought about donating, if only for a second, but the producers of these ads have missed a trick. They could put together an effective show-reel from horror films and double – nay, triple – their donations. Dogs are seemingly expendable in horror movies (as are cats, cheerleaders, and chubby kids), but it’s time to make a stand, as this article from Horror-movies.ca suggests.
Creepy Edgar would have been 205 this week – and if he was still alive today, well, he would be in a laboratory, having all sorts of tests performed on him. “It’s just not natural,” one scientist would say. “I know. I haven’t seen hair this big since Amy Winehouse’s autopsy,” another would reply. And they’d all fall about laughing, because that’s what government scientists do, the piss-taking bastards. Anyway, this article from Tor looks at EAP’s life, work, and inevitable (unfortunately) death.
Or, you know, you might know them, and then this article from FearNet will annoy you as you sit there, nodding along and yawning.
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