What Nightmares May Come – Thoughts on the Future of Horror

By Max Eshraghi

It has taken some time but the horror genre has achieved legitimacy. It is finally, in a word, prestigious.

What was once one of the most commonly derided and dismissed of genres has evolved. The ugly, putrid, caterpillar of horrors past has emerged from a chrysalis after 90-or-so years of metamorphosis and transformed into a multi-faceted butterfly: namely, a genre that can do it all.…

The Nightmare, or if It Follows was a documentary

 

What’s the worst night’s sleep you’ve ever had?

However bad it may have been The Nightmare delves into something worse: the nighttime torment of eight sufferers of sleep paralysis — a condition equally notable for bizarre and terrifying visions.

From visitations by shadowy figures — more literally, figures made of shadow — to out-of-body experiences, Rodney Ascher’s documentary relies on firsthand testimony as opposed to scientific evidence: they all seem to the agree that the medical community seems singularly unable to offer remedy for the condition.…

It Follows is a brilliant, terrifying paean to the Carpenter tradition

 

Is there any genre that has defined a decade as much as horror defined the ‘80s – and visa versa, of course

From The Thing to Day of the Dead, they brought psychological insight to a form otherwise defined by B-movie schlock.…