‘Who Goes There?’ A giant freakin’ monster

I watched John Carpenter’s The Thing again yesterday, and I honestly think I could watch that film maybe once a week for the rest of my life. Of course, I then started to think about what makes it so effective, and what I like so much about it, because I can’t enjoy a horror movie […]

‘The Tall Man’: Not Slenderman, not really horror

If you were familiar with the “Slenderman” mythos and you saw the trailer for the new Jessica Biel horror film The Tall Man, you might think the latter was inspired by the former. You’d be wrong, however, as I discovered this weekend when I went to North Hollywood to see the movie in its limited […]

In My Brainholes: Slenderman, Plus a Short Story

Slenderman freaks me the hell out. I’m not sure what it is, exactly, about the notion of the Internet-invented urban legend. There’s just something about him. Primarily it is, perhaps, that he’s an infiltrator; that he appears at will, bends the laws of reality, and pursues relentlessly his victims. Also he has no face. And […]