This week I went more in-depth with the topics that I wrote about for Puzzle Box Horror, in an effort to really give some good information on two serious topics within the realm of horror. The first topic is all about Friday the 13th and while it’s considered a superstition at best, it has inspired all sorts of creative interpretations within the horror genre. The second topic is more of a research article, geared towards those who enjoy numbers and statistics, it shows how the trend in horror has gone from gory slasher flicks to the more psychological, paranormal, and supernatural aspects of what causes fear.
March 6, 2020
Paraskevidekatriaphobia—do you have it? Well, if you’re irrationally afraid of the natural occurrence of the thirteenth of any given month falling on a Friday, then yes—yes, you do. If so, then you might have a hard time this year, since we’ve got two of them coming up. Friday the 13th, supposedly the unluckiest day of the year, occurs at least once, but never more than three times in a calendar year. March and November are the unlucky winners this year, so if you’re scared, arm yourself with some of these facts and prepare to understand your superstition better than ever before. [Read More…]
March 10, 2020
It’s been well over a hundred years since the first horror movie was created—since it’s fair to say that the three-minute short film, Le Manoir du Diable (1896) counts as the first horror film ever created. Known in English both as The Haunted Castle as well as The House of the Devil, which you can actually watch here. While considered tame by today’s standards of the horror genre, it launched a multimedia genre that has gotten increasingly popular over the last one hundred twenty-four years. The sheer number of horror movies made per year continues to grow steadily, but since 2001 it has been an ever-accelerating trend—sources cite that by the year 2000 an approximated two-hundred horror films had been produced, then by 2016 the number had jumped to well over a thousand films in the genre. [Read More…]