Spookshow Sideshows – Night Tide (1961)

-Karen Joan Kohoutek I have long been interested in the films of the mid-1950s and 1960s that put horror in the context of wholesome small-town American life. The existence of these horror films reflects a shadow side of the post-war prosperity and simple, apple-pie values so often attributed to this time period in our country’s…

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Spookshow Sideshows – She Freak (1967)

Spookshow Sideshows: She Freak (1967) In the heyday of amusement parks, the phenomenon spread from the coasts and throughout the country. In many landlocked areas, however, the attractions they offered were experienced in an inverted form. Instead of traveling to visit a place of pleasures, the experience could come to you, through the long-standing tradition…

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Spookshow Sideshows: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964)

Many films that deal with carnivals and amusement parks—which have the word “amusement” right there in the name—will eventually run into the Paradox of Hedonism, the idea that the pursuit of pleasure is ultimately counterproductive, leading to less enjoyment than is found in more selfless or productive activities, and even a sense of emptiness. This…

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Dead of Night

Anyone who knows me knows that I love British, Horror anthologies. Films such as Asylum, The House the Dripped Blood, and Trick R’ Treat, all get regular screenings here at The Haunted Cinema. I am such a fan, that I was fairly sure that I have seen them all, that was until Grimmly told me…

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