Watching movies doesn’t just affect our brains; it also affects our bodies. Find out how the effects of horror movies compare with those of other genres.
Sociologist, Dr. Margee Kerr, explains what we feel when we are scared and why it’s so fun.
Learn about some of the literary offspring of one of the earliest horror stories.
Have you ever wanted to write your own horror story? Get some practical tips to jump-start your ideas.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland is considered the first American horror novel. Read what one modern-day reviewer thinks of its twists and turns.
How young is too young for a horror story? A parent and book reviewer shares his thoughts.
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.”
Click this link for a list of valuable social lessons that are reflected in some well-known horror films.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in reading some creepy stories? Check out this list of seven recommendations from the School Library Journal.
Click this link to learn about “neurocinematics,” an area of research that investigates the connection between the mind and the experience of watching movies.