Thursday, 29 November 2018


Things have a habit of becoming part of the pop culture. Even if they were intended to shock or surprise at the time. What is the secret of Soylent Green? What is the planet of the apes? Who was the third man? And so on.

Despite that, the following comments will be in spoilers, on the off chance someone somewhere reads this thread and hasn't watched, nor knows anything of

Scream (1996)

In which case, did I say it was dated? Very much so, but it still holds up better than many modern horrors, and has several unsettling moments, so go check it out.

The Faculty

The Faculty (1998)

contains spoilers, so you know, proceed with caution.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie (1976)

contains spoilers

The Wicker Man/The Langoliers/The Howling/Urban Legend

The Wicker Man

contains spoilers

It's hard to talk about a film talked to death, and one which has melted into pop culture, so in brief: excellent. Although, I think the horror is the wrong way round.

It (1990)

It (1990)

I don't think there's too many spoilers here but just in case...

Witness in the Dark/The Last Showing/Hatchet

Witness in the Dark (1959)

Wolf Rilla is better known these days for his Village of the Damned, but this short true horror from a year before is mostly forgotten, despite having a recent renaissance on Talking Pictures. In a way, it predates Wait until Dark and Hush, in that we are presented with a blind person and a murderer.

Masque of the Red Death/Phantasm

Masque of the Red Death (1964)

The short story is brilliant, one of Poe's best, but I did come into this wondering how Roger Corman would stretch it to 90 minutes.



(contains spoilers)

Cabin in the Woods


(contains big spoilers)



(Even though you've probably seen it, contains spoilers)

Assorted Links

Article by me on CBBC show Creeped Out, via the superb We Are Cult website. It was great, and a second series is on the cards.

As was Killing Eve, and ditto about the second series.

Yours truly also wrote this article for Spooky Isles on Rosemary Timperley.

And you can read the better half's take on 30 Spooky Places in Glasgow too.

Other Side Books on Amazon

Into the Darkness by Paul Zunckel - A Clive Cussler style thriller about a man left for dead in the South African veldt after trying to stop poachers.

The Second Christmas Book of Ghosts -  A collection of festive haunts.

The Knight's Daughter by Jo M. Thomas - a deconstruction of myths around the Greenwood Forest.

Euro 2016 by Jon Arnold - The last Euros, told through a Welsh perspective.

A Dark Neon Dying by Jon Kaneko-James - Only two people can stop a new horror arising in the cyberpunk future of New Paris.

Journey to Cydonia by Chris O'Kane - Painstakingly researched memoir. From working class Glasgow to covering NASA launches, and the struggle to get scientific rigor attached to a Forteana topic.