The Horror Movie Magazine You Can
Really Sink Your Teeth Into
Issue #3


BioHorror: The Spawning of a New Genre

Emily E. Pullins

What do Frankenstein and Jurassic Park have in common? In both, scientists defied social norms in order to create new life from old forms employing the latest biological techniques. And in both, we watched the terrifying consequences unfold when their biological innovations went “bad.” The dark and dangerous aspects of manipulating nature with biology are classic themes in horror. Why, I have wondered, is biology so prevalent in these dark and foreboding tales?

“Your Mother was the Lightning”: The Frankenstein Legacy in Film and Literature

Eric Heideman

In the early 19th century a teenaged Englishwoman, in a supreme flash of insight, fused ancient legends with current scientific aspirations and a seemingly clairvoyant reflection on moral consequences. Through careful craftsmanship she imbedded these things in a ripping good yarn that formed the bridge from the gothic novel to the modern horror tale even as that same yarn gave birth to the science fiction genre. She was Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), and her first novel, Frankenstein: Or The Modern Prometheus (1818) has never gone out of print.

The Curse of Frankenfood

Pam Keesey

If there’s a moral to be gleened from the myriad versions of Frankenstein, it’s that actions have consequences, and that we should seriously consider the consequences before charging full-steam ahead. After all, Victor Frankenstein, as written by Mary Shelley, is far from mad and I doubt Mary Shelley saw the monster as inherently dangerous, despite her description of him as ugly and thoroughly distasteful in appearance. A misbegotten creation of an overzealous scientist, the monster suffered more from neglect and abandonment than any desire to cause harm.

Terrors of the Matinee Monsters: Childhood Memories of the Schaffer Theater

Michael McGlasson

Of all the movies presented on the whiteness of the screen at the Schaffer Theater, none were as relished as those of William Castle, the master of ballyhoo, the shlockmeister of cheap thrills and the progenitor of childhood nightmares that forced a frightened boy to latch his windows and check under his bed before falling into a fitful sleep.

The Universal Classic Monsters Collection Part II: The Whales

David Christenson

It’s tough to think of something new to say about Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man, among the most closely examined of all horror films, but I’ll give it a shot. The importance of these movies to horror film historians is beyond question; their entertainment value is debatable only by the unschooled. The three movies are the essential horror-tragedy, horror-comedy and horror-satire of the classic era. If you’re a horror fan, or a generalist film fan, you really ought to watch them, in whatever form you can find; if you’re a collector, you’ll want the Universal DVDs.

The Re-animator eDialogue

David Christenson and Eric M. Heideman

Why not a bucket of blood for the sake of a bucket of blood? Isn’t horror a genre based on emotional impact, for which shock is just one tool in the toolbox? Would Karloff maintain that he never did anything in his films strictly for shock value? Come on. This is like Fred Astaire saying, “We can’t just have a dance for the sake of a dance.”