Breaking apart the pieces of the many horror universes

The ultimate evil-kid figure presides over the first two of hopefully many Orphan films.

BY KELLI WESTON   |  April 28, 2023

A horde of diabolical children have preceded Esther of Orphan (2009), directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, but she has secured a place among horror cinema’s most memorable enfants terribles, even before its long-awaited prequel, Orphan: First Kill, arrived last year. 

After four canonical films and two offshoots, the indomitable series returns to glory with Prey.

Of the many recurring horror villains, Freddy Krueger is famously distinguished by his crispy face and razor claws, Jason Voorhees by his hockey mask and machete, and Leatherface by his human-flesh mask and chainsaw. They all have revenge or mental illness as their vague motivations to slaughter.

BY LAURA KERN  |  August 17, 2022

A deep dive into the world of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Insidious, one of the more complex, mystically minded horror franchises.

Last night I watched myself sleep then I flew away, a young boy named Dalton writes in crayon shortly before his spirit leaves his physical body and becomes prey to a horde of demons and ghosts in a dark realm called The Further.

BY NICHOLAS RUSSELL  |  February 1, 2022

Looking back on the experience of Darren Aronofsky’s divisive masterwork and questions of misogyny in horror from a world unimaginably more surreal than the one we inhabited five years ago.

Over 20 years ago I made an agreement with Darren Aronofsky to never write about his work. It was the very end of the last century, in a charming fishing village in eastern Mexico...

BY LAURA KERN  |  June 7, 2022