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Trick or Trope

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Seance director Simon Barrett explains why tropes matter so much in horror

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Possession is a gross yet masterful take on doppelgängers

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Most ‘horror anime’ isn’t really horror, even when it scares us

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There’s no way I’d survive a horror movie

Whenever the victims split up, run upstairs, or go into the basement alone? I’d do that.

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Getting old might be the scariest new thing in horror movies

Heavy Metal’s drag-filled Halloween issue is a nexus of horror, glamour, and filth

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‘Everything new will kill you’ is the worst trope in horror

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The 6 types of masks that define slasher movies

What does the mask say about the killer?

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The Monster Girl gives classic horror movie villains a liberating twist

Let’s call Fellowship of the Ring what it is: a horror movie

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How horror movies found their spooky sound over 100 years

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Dude Bro Party Massacre III is the best horror-satire nobody’s watched

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The biggest sin you can commit in horror movies is being curious

Do not wonder why, fool

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Chucky isn’t just an evil doll, he’s a true Universal Monster

The long-running horror star has a new show, but exhibits all the traits of classic creatures

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The state of the horror trope: an expert roundtable

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The two universal fears that make horror our tropiest genre