When Horror Helps: Texas Frightmare and Stop the Stigma

Horror has long prided itself on being a socially conscious genre. From the racial commentary of Night of the Living Dead to the anti-consummerism of They Live, fans have long been able to point to films ostensibly about blood, death, and terror and say that they’ve been aware of—and concerned about—a variety of social ills and injustices while the “straight” world has still been wringing its’ hands and spinning tales of denial. To paraphrase, though, fandom without works is dead, and it benefits the world little if the horror community can simply tout film after film that brings a problem to light without affecting any sort of change.

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RIP William Peter Blatty: Memories of The Exorcist

When I first started watching horror movies as a very young girl, spending hours seeing people getting ripped apart with my grandmother on long, sunny Saturday afternoons, part of me knew it would never be that good again. That sense of safe deviance, of transgression, of danger, the badge of honor of being able to say, “Oh, yeah, that eye gouge was so fake…” to my scandalized, blood-shy girlfriends—it became a part of me as it does to any young fan of the macabre. But time passes and after your two hundredth hour clocked in front of the screen, your thousandth corpse, after the very last drop of technicolor blood, suddenly you find, to your horror, horror just isn’t what it used to be.

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Hastings Memories

In a lot of ways, Hastings Entertainment in Conroe WAS my 20s. For a pop culture geek in the early-to-mid 2010s, there was no better hangout. It was a megastore the size of Best Buy that sold books, music, movies, collectibles, magazines AND was the last video rental store around, not to mention it had an on-site coffee shop.

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Texas Frightmare: For Coop

And so another Frightmare has come and gone. Yes, the event ended two weeks ago, and, yes I'm just getting around to writing about it. Attending Texas Frightmare Weekend tends to be a draining experience: It is, after all, nearly seventy-two hours of non-stop glee, a cavalcade of film screenings, autograph signings, meet-and-greets, parties, and general good-old-fashioned mayhem, all dedicated to the horror genre in art and entertainment.

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Who’s this Finn and why does it matter?

I reckon there’s at least a million theories spinning ‘round the internets these days concernin’ that new Star Wars movie. This would be on account o’ Star Wars is loved like one’s closest blood-relations. I knowed this ‘cos I’m one of ‘em what's all wound up in't.

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