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“I Know What You Need” was first published in Cosmopolitan in 1976, and while the choice of maret may have been due to the story’s soap opera conceit, the story shows off one of Stephen King’s best qualities: the ability to build fantasy on top of a foundation of realism.
A woman wakes up, bruised and sore, in her boyfriend’s attic with no memory of how she got there. Has she been abducted, robbed, or perhaps something far, far worse?
In the top floors of an abandoned hotel, a group of young girls rally around the comfort and protection of a mysterious supernatural force called the Sisters. When one of the girls, Wendy, starts having strange visions, she begins to question whether the Sisters are truly the saviors they claim, or something much more sinister.
Like “The Mangler,” “Sometimes They Come Back,” and “The Boogeyman” before it, “Strawberry Spring” suffers from a lack of imagination at the crucial moment. What begins as a solid world-building exercise, showing how a small community can devolve into panic with a little injection of chaos, turns into a strange gotcha finale that is somehow both unearned and wholly unoriginal, even by 1970’s standards.
On a distant voyage to find unknown species of animals, a biologist is stranded alone on an island. He has no food and limited water, but that might not be all he has to worry about.
Shivers is cold and lonely, stuck in the empty cold of a place she can’t remember. And then, along comes a new friend.
Male-centered horror movies may continue to garner the lion’s share of production budgets but clever films like XX prove that in a genre dedicated to fear, women have a few horrifying tales of their own. Maybe it’s time we listen to them.
Horror deals in something fundamental: fear. More than that, though, it can incorporate the full range of human emotions through a medium that is both enjoyable, entertaining, and deeply cathartic. But in order to succeed, horror needs to master a few key ingredients. Comparing Terrifier and The Nun, BLK STG gets to the heart of why one succeeds and the other doesn’t.
The Ritual may not be the most original horror film to come out this year, but it makes up for that with great acting, tension, and a final creature that is one for the ages.
In his 1977 foreward to the short story collection, Night Shift, Stephen King managed to jam a ton of good stuff about the writer life, and the meaning of horror. His foreward is shown here in its entirety.
The world is sound, the clip of shoes on a sidewalk, the drag of wheels through snow, the bat’s deep dive into the trees, the distant wolf orchestra. Horror poetry by John Grey.