Source: Entertainment Designer
Early amusement parks may not have had high-tech thrill rides, but they managed to frighten people in simpler ways. Find out about the horror potential of a dangling string and other tricks of “dark rides.”
Source: Scientific American
Fear is a basic human response, but scientists still don’t completely understand it. Read about their efforts, using scans of blood flow in the brain, to further comprehend this complex reaction.
Source: Coming Soon
On the occasion of a new film adaptation of W.W. Jacobs’s classic tale, a reviewer digs into what makes this “be careful what you wish for” lesson so memorable.
Source: Psychology Spot
Even though you know that what you’re seeing onscreen isn’t real, your brain can react to a horror movie as though it is.
Every movie genre includes thoughtful, well-made films and cheap, awful ones. So why do some reviewers assume that most horror movies are trash?
Source: The New York Times
Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland is considered the first American horror novel. Read what one modern-day reviewer thinks of its twists and turns.
Source: Barnes & Noble
How young is too young for a horror story? A parent and book reviewer shares his thoughts.
Source: The Atlantic
There’s no question that Edgar Allan Poe has made a lasting impression on American popular culture. This article uses the release of a movie about a dangerous obsession with Poe to take a look back at the author’s pop culture legacy.
According to the author of this article, movies in genres such as horror and science fiction are being recognized as part of the mainstream because audiences connect with them in meaningful ways.
Check out this article to find out more about the quirky subgenre of “plant horror.”
Source: Scientific American
Click this link for a list of valuable social lessons that are reflected in some well-known horror films.
Source: Baylor University
A film historian at Baylor University believes horror movies are so compelling because they reflect the difficult and disturbing aspects of our society and ourselves.
Source: University of Pittsburgh
Two faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh have teamed up to study the science of fear. They are interested in learning more about the psychological benefits of being scared.
Source: The Boston Globe
Telling scary stories around a campfire is an American tradition. In many modern summer camps, however, scary stories are being phased out in favor of activities that have more identifiably “positive outcomes” for everyone. Read this article and decide how you feel about the issue.
Source: School Library Journal
Interested in reading some creepy stories? Check out this list of seven recommendations from the School Library Journal.
Source: Business Insider
Click this link to learn about “neurocinematics,” an area of research that investigates the connection between the mind and the experience of watching movies.
Source: Providence Journal
In Providence, Rhode Island, birthplace of H.P. Lovecraft, horror fans gather at Ladd Observatory each year to pay tribute to “the father of modern horror fiction.”
This article describes a Frankenstein-themed tour across Europe. How would you like to visit the sites that may have inspired Mary Shelley to write her famous tale?
This article points out that Edgar Allan Poe should be credited with creating the character upon which Sherlock Holmes was based.
Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
In this online exhibition, the Academy of Motion Pictures celebrates the genre of horror films. Explore interviews with famous directors and images from classic horror films.