October 30th, 2016
Over the years I have posted about my general disappointment with the direction the horror genre has taken in the western world. it’s gone from something genuinely scary to something generic and mass media, packaged for profit and not to be scary.
But this got me thinking about a beloved tradition of Halloween, the haunted house, and how they have suffered the same fate. It’s not just the big commercial ventures that have become neutered, even the small private houses, the ones that have survived at all, seem to have wimped out.
November 15th, 2014
Yeah, I know, Halloween is over but I was watching coverage of Transworld, the big Halloween and Haunt convention held every year in St. Louis, and frankly, I just wasn’t that impressed.
Yes, I know I’m hard to impress, but most of the props at Transworld are aimed at the professional haunt crowd and, I’ll be honest, often I have very little interest in a lot of “pro” haunts because they don’t look that much different than your typical backyard haunt, they’re just held in a commercial building instead of a garage. I want to see a lot better than that.