Basque Errementari

Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: Errementari

Blog, Film Review, Horror Movies

“Basque in the Fresh, Gorgeous World of Errementari”

It’s a bold move to have a straight-up devil in your horror film. It runs the risk of being too on the nose, I’d think. I’m not talking possession. Not talking demon. I’m not even saying THE DEVIL. Just a devil, no “the.” A pointy tale, pitch-fork using, red skinned, horned, devil. Bold, but Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil is strangely more unique and interesting in its use of cliche imagery than if it went for something less obvious…

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The Devil's Candy, Metal Music, Horror Movies

Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: The Devil’s Candy

Blog, Film Review, Horror Movies

“The Devil’s Candy: The Most Metal Axe Murder in Horror History”

I don’t think I’d surprise anyone if I said metal music and horror movies are intrinsically linked by some shared aesthetic. I’m not sure what it is about either that seems to connect one to the other — but the overlap in fan interest there is undoubtedly prolific. In fact the biggest metal fan I know is also the biggest horror fan I know.

Beyond similarities in imagery, I would argue there is a certain spirit embodied in both. A certain history there. “Both were the sites of moral panic in the 1980’s,”…

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jump scares

Jump Scares: Cheap Thrills or Legitimate Chills?

Blog, Horror Topics

If there is one fight worth having about horror in 2019, it’s in regard to jump scares. They are quite possibly the most divisive trope in the horror filmmaker’s repertoire. Sometimes called “cheap”, “easy,” or “annoying,” jump scares are down-right loathed or avoided by an increasingly vocal subset of horror fans.

Which begs the question: where did horror movie jump scares come from…

Originally Published at WickedHorror.com

Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog Episode 2: The Evil Dead

Blog, Murderama Movies


“Just What is a Cult Horror Film?: Or A Vacation to the South is Kinda Like a Descent Into the Underworld”


But what does it mean to specifically be a cult classic in the horror genre, and what does The Evil Dead do to achieve this status?


Well, for me a cult horror film separates itself from simply low budge horror films in three ways…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog: The Nun

Blog, Film Review, Horror Movies

“The Nun: A Repressed History of Religion and Violence”


I’m not the type of viewer to just off-handedly assign a number for how good a movie is, or to quickly state if it is something as subjective and meaningless as good or bad. Almost every film I have ever seen has redeeming qualities and moments that fell short of expectation. The Nun is no different. I want to look at this movie by examining its monster, the demon Valak; its strongest element, the setting; and its use of Catholicism.

To start, turns out Sister Valak is not complete bullshit. I mean, she’s bullshit like any other made up stuff is bullshit, but it looks like writer Gary Dauberman (co-writer of 2017’s IT) drew on some inspiration from a “real” demon. According to the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic, Valak (spelled Volach), is described as a “winged boy riding a two-headed dragon, attributed with the power of…” dowsing (a supernatural ability to find groundwater, gems, ore, or metals in the ground)…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast Horror Film Blog Episode 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Blog, Murderama Movies

“The Nightmare is the Universality of the Surrealist Slasher”

So why, then, do some horror movies stand the test of time? Why do we always come back to John Carpenter’s The Thing or William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, or, you guessed it, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street?
The obvious answer is, of course, that the fears they tap into are timeless and universal. That is a vague statement — one which we have all heard in some form or other if we have read any amount of film criticism. So what does that mean? What makes a fear universal as opposed to temporal — like the 50 foot woman from 1958, the decade of the rise of the term “nuclear family” and a particularly single-minded Hollywood propaganda machine reinforcing traditional gender roles as a new way for women to “fight the commies…

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Midnight Murderama Podcast: Web Copy, Podcast Summary for Show Intro/Social Media Description

Murderama Podcast Website, Web Copy

Client: Midnight Murderama Podcast

Objective: This copy needed to combine the brevity from the one sentence, social media-friendly piece I wrote for this same client, along with some of the more evocative voice and tone used in the longer form About page.

The creator and lead host of the podcast directed me that he needed “A one-paragraph summary of the podcast for the intro paragraph of the podcast and the “Description” field on most social media.”

To me this meant the copy needed to be entertaining, attention-grabbing, evocative of tone and style consistent with the podcast itself, and informative enough to tell the audience what they will be committing an hour of their day to.

The main challenge here was to make this copy work as both an actual opening script for the beginning of the podcast, as well an informative and entertaining summary for the description field on social media sites.

Audience: I was directed to write this copy with a young adult focused male and female audience. That millennial sweet-spot, who are taste-makers and content sharers/interactors.

Being both an intro to the podcast, as well as most likely the first thing new listeners would both read and hear, I made sure to use as horror-film-friendly language and imagery as possible.

I wanted to take a slightly interested, horror-curious audience, and turn them into an audience who can’t wait to argue with the podcast’s hosts about minutia involving the genre. I did this by choosing diction and syntax to highlight the tradition of horror storytelling and give the readers a sample of the sort of discourse to come.

Results: I had a lot of fun with this one. I think it came out quite effective. While the one sentence assignment felt a bit short for my style, and the longer form felt too open-ended, this length was just right. Much like bear beds.

Ultimately, I loved the challenge of trying to write one bit of copy that could be applied to a duo of separate objectives.

Summary: Included is a google doc containing the copy for a horror film podcast’s paragraph-length summary and podcast intro paragraph. 

Link to the Google Doc of this project

Midnight Murderama Podcast: Web Copy, One Sentence Summary for Promotional Material

Murderama Podcast Website, Web Copy

Client: Midnight Murderama Podcast

Objective: This short copy needed to convey tone, style, voice, as well as information all in one (admittedly long) sentence. The client needed this quick and clear sentence to run on social media and brief soundbites used to promote the podcast.

The creator and lead host of the podcast directed me that he needed “A one-sentence summary of the podcast for social media promos.”

The main challenge here was to get across all the various tonal and content information that I needed to get across in just one sentence. But at the same time, that sentence needed to be not overburdened with information, so that it could still have room to persuade reluctant listeners to give the podcast a chance.

Audience: I was directed to write this copy with a young adult focused male and female audience. That millennial sweet-spot, who are taste-makers and content sharers/interactors.

Being a short, twitter-friendly promotional sentence, this content needed to be clear, concise, and memorable.

Results: I probably struggled the most on this of the 3 assignments I did for Lead Deals Productions. I am used to working in longer formats, and found myself constantly having to edit down what I wrote.

Ultimately, I loved the challenge of trying to convey so much with so little word count. Forcing oneself to write so briefly is a useful exercise in teaching a writer was is and is not necessary in their copy.

Summary: Included is a google doc containing the copy for a horror film podcast’s social media-friendly 1 sentence summary. 

Link to the Google Doc of this project

V|BOA: Email Announcement

Web Copy

Client: VirtualBOA – Veterans and Active Military Affinity Group Project

Objective: I was tasked with developing an email announcement for a call center regarding their new program providing affinity groups for service veterans. This specific task called for a abbreviated version of the more detailed informative web page I made for V/BOA.

The useful learning opportunity here was in the challenge of making a very direct, information-heavy, short amount of content even more brief and direct, while still containing the same amount of content.

Audience: I wrote this copy with a very specific audience in mind: VirtualBOA employees who are also in some way connected to this military. Given that I was reaching this audience via email, I decided to utilize bullet points, a generous use of white space through line breaks, and sub-headers/images to draw attention and interest from the reader.

Results: This project was a great exercise in generate similar content in different contexts. It allowed me to work on editing down my language and prioritizing information.

Summary: Included is a google doc containing the copy for a announcement email outlining a Veteran Affinity program at Virtual Business Office Associates. There is an introduction, about section, a list of services, and a contact section.

Link to Google Doc of this Project