Whereas It the creature assumes the form of whatever its prey fears most, ‘It’ the pop-culture phenomenon takes the form of whatever mass audiences and woke critics crave the most, manifesting most often as a mess.
The film implies the dead should have been left alone for their souls to enter the afterlife, but filmmakers chose not to beat viewers over the head here.
‘Castle Rock’ is essential viewing for Stephen King fans, but there’s probably not enough horror to draw in most other genre aficionados.
This was a truly great year for cinema, and I struggled over this list, especially since horror, my favorite film genre, has seen a massive resurgence of quality in the last decade.
Baring a freakishly spectacular performance from another actress before 2017 ends, Carla Gugino deserves to win Best Actress in every single award committee.
Much of Stephen King’s work may wear the skin of Bram Stoker or Arthur Machen, but the skeleton and muscles come from Middle Earth.
‘It’ is not primarily about a monster but about growing up, about how even if you can evade the demons of childhood adulthood, as one boy realizes early in the novel, will get you in the end.
It’s not all Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter references—Netflix’s hit show is also an ’80s nostalgia trip for fans of the decade’s horror novels and pulp fiction.
Underappreciated by the literary establishment, horror fiction offers trenchant—and scary!—critiques of a society that’s coming politically undone.
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