Thomas Ellison

Misleading Slasher Trailers

Final Exam:  If you’ve ever seen the trailer for Halloween, then you may remember it ends with the line “The night HE came home.”  The trailer for Final Exam uses the phrase “HE’s come back!” twice in an attempt to trick movie audiences into thinking the two films are somehow linked.  No serious slasher fan is [...]

Slashers and Urban Legends: The Slit-Mouth Woman

The Legend: A beautiful, young wife has an affair then taunts her impotent husband with details.  The husband becomes enraged, grabs a pair of scissors, and mutilates his wife.  After slitting his wife’s mouth from ear to ear, the husband asks “Who will find you beautiful now?”  Now, the woman roams Japan, a surgical mask over her face [...]

Hollywood Monster

Hollywood Monster, Robert Englund’s autobiography, is really an exceptional book.  Some actors use autobiographies as vanity pieces and fill them with anecdotes about how great they were way back when.  That isn’t the case with Hollywood Monster.  Englund became a cultural icon as Freddy Krueger but comes across as a humble actor who’s quick to praise the directors, [...]

A Retro Slasher Salute to Bob Clark

There’s a story circulating among slasher fans that goes a little something like this:  Bob Clark took this young guy named John Carpenter under his wing to help show him how to direct feature films.  While serving as an apprentice, Carpenter learned Clark was working on sequel to Black Christmas called Halloween.  A few years later, Carpenter stole [...]

Black Christmas is coming to TCM

Bob Clark’s classic slasher is set to debut on Turner Classic Movies Saturday, Dec. 18th at 2:00 A.M. during the TCM Underground block.  This 1974 ode to Yuletide slaughter is one of the best and creepiest films in the slasher genre.  If you’ve never seen it, then you’ve got to check it out this weekend.  Black [...]

The Slasher Witch Hunt part 5: John Lennon’s Death Sparks a Backlash

On Dec. 8, 1980, a crazed fan murdered the voice of a generation.  The outpouring of grief occurred on a global scale.  Thirty years later, it’s almost impossible for those of us not yet born or too young to understand what was going on to grasp the magnitude of John Lennon’s death.  In the weeks following [...]