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November 19, 2019

During the Halloween season, Fangoria x Monster Fest hosted an epic celebration across Australian capital cities with featured screenings of horror movies, paying homage to international cult cinema. Taking on the themes of horror, fantasy, science-fiction, crime, noir, drama, black comedy and erotica, Fangoria x Monster Fest was the perfect way to round out the Halloween season.

I was lucky enough to score myself some tickets to the Fangoria x Monster Fest here at the Capitol City Cinemas in Manuka, Canberra. Settling in my popcorn and fellow horror movie lovers a like I was treated to an array of 2019 alternative style...

November 12, 2019

You can really learn a lot about yourself by the things you expose yourself to, and setting myself a challenge to watch a horror movie a day for 31 days has definitely exposed me to a lot and forced a lot of introspection. 

More specifically, here are a few things I learnt while I set about on my 2019 October 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge:

My psychologist thinks I shouldn't watch so many horror movies

Not necessarily an observation from watching horror movies, but certainly prevalent to the time in which I conducted my 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge. I started going back to a psychologist and when I let slip i was about to...

November 8, 2019

Every year to celebrate Halloween I watch at least one horror movie a day every day during the month of October. As I scour my way through gore-filled death scenes and jump scares, I come to find some real standouts when it comes to characters, scenes and movies. Thus, this created my own little awards list - The Ones That Made The Cut.

Out of the horror movies I watched in 2019, here are the ones that are worth a damn and why. Please note as well, this article will contain spoilers.

Best Death Scene In A Horror Movie: Joey in Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Masters

2018 Winner: Clara and Koldo in Rec 3: Genesis

2017 Winne...

November 5, 2019

Welcome to the third year running of the October 31 Day Horror Movie Challenge! To help celebrate Halloween I started a challenge in October where I would watch at least one horror movie a day for the entire month and chronicle the journey for my readers at This Side of Sanguine.

In both 2017 and 2018 I was successful with watching 31 horror movies each day, despite the wane in horror movie availability in 2018. This year, I actually almost didn't make it to watching 31 horror movies due to a lag in horror-movie-watching desire and a long weekend cruise that made movie watching near impossible. But, on the eve of the 31s...

October 31, 2019

It is October 31st, and you know what that means - Happy Halloween!

As you all know I so obviously love Halloween, and every year I decorate my home, host a Halloween party and a pumpkin carving, and celebrate all things horror by watching a horror movie a day. You will see the subsequent list of the 31 horror movies I watched coming in the next couple of weeks, as well as the ones who made the cut and what I learned from the experience. My Facebook and Instagram walls have been chock-a-blocked with the most spookiest and beautiful photos I can find, that I even put off posting photos of my recent trip to Melbourne on a...

October 25, 2019

I am a horror writer based in Australia, and if you are an avid Halloween lover like me you will be well-aware of the Halloween-haters here down under. They’re usually the grumpy old men who yell at kids who are dressed up and just trying to have a fun night out by screaming, “We’re not American!”

Halloween is one of the only holidays I celebrate throughout the year, despite my religious upbringing. Our family is too small and too spread-out to continue with traditions that were reserved for Christmas. I've never celebrated Australia Day, as my mother's birthday is on January 26th when it was usually celebrated, and as a...

October 22, 2019

Towards the end of 2018, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and befriend Anna-Sophie Jurgen, a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. Anna-Sophie has an interesting reach of academia and studies the cultural and aesthetic capital of the circus in fiction and other media, embodied in violent and cannibal clowns, epileptic dancers and freak performers.

It is a fascinating area of study in how this modern age of evil clowns relate to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and as you know by now with my love of evil clowns it was an arm of study that I had no idea existed and...

October 16, 2019

We've looked at the best characters of the classic horror movie archetypes of the "Final Girl", the "Slut", the "Brain" and the "Fool", and this leaves us with only one classic character left - the "Jock".

The "Jock" is the on-screen douchebag that everyone kind of roots for to die. He is usually athletic, charming and popular, and is often depicted as the girlfriend of either the "Slut" of the "Final Girl", usually ending up sleeping with the "Slut" anyway and sealing his doom in the horror movie rules. There has been many good protrayls of the "Jock" in horror movies, and here are the best ones:

Curt Vaughn, Cabin in th...

October 10, 2019

In horror movies, there is a classic overarching characterisation that there are five main characters - the "Final Girl", the "Slut", the "Fool", the "Jock" and the "Brain". We've looked at the best Final Girls, Sluts, and Fools, but just who is leading the pack when it comes to horror movies?

The character of the "Brain" in horror movies is usually seen as the one who is smart enough to survive the events, but doesn't necessarily live in the end. Sometimes overlapped as a geek and seen as the "Fool" as well, the "Brain" is also seen as the nice guy, who is often overlooked because he isn't as charming or popular as the...

October 7, 2019

No matter the killer, the location, or the weapon, the classic horror trope will generally follow a particular route, showcasing the hunting and the deaths of the five main characters of the "Slut", the "Jock", the "Brain", the "Fool" and the "Final Girl".

As part of my October series, I've introduced you to the best characterisations and stereotypes of the Final Girl and the Slut. Next up is arguably one of the most important characters of the film besides the Final Girl and the Killer - we're talking the Fool.

The Fool is generally included in a horror movie to make light of the situation, to provide some comedic relief...

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