Freaky Females: Ghostbusters and 13 Other Films that Pass the Bechdel Test

When I think of ghost-loving gals, the first film to come to mind is obviously the 2016 all-lady reboot of Ghostbusters, uniting some of my favorite figures in comedy and my favorite spooky storyline. Though it doesn’t replace the original, this Bechdel no brainer has quickly become one of my annual Halloween traditions. This retelling…

28 Years Later: Why Treehouse of Horror persists

Nothing encapsulates the goofy terror of Halloween like The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror specials. They are perfect, giving us just enough gore to stand apart from the regular violence of Itchy and Scratchy without actually causing any nightmares. The earlier episodes show this best — with Marge coming from behind the curtain at the show’s…

Nod: An Insomniac’s Nightmare

It’s Day 11 of the 13 Writes of Fright, which means only two more days until Halloween! If you’ve been craving a good book to curl up with while you greet trick or treaters (or just eat all the candy yourself), look no further than Nod by Adrian Barnes, a chilling sci-fi thriller that forces…

“Is it a Classic, Charlie Brown?”

Whatever your tastes may be, whatever life you lead, whatever views you have, chances are you have a favorite Halloween TV Special. The best ones indulge in the spirit of the season. One such special has lasted over 50 years and is still so celebrated, it airs on ABC every Halloween. As a matter of…

Hocus Pocus: A Classic Halloween Must-See

The thirteen days leading up to Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without a showing of Hocus Pocus. Twenty-four years after its creation, this Halloween film is still loved by many. The Legend of the Sanderson Sisters have haunted the citizens of Salem for three centuries; coming back for one night to wreak terror at…