50 years ago, Repulsion pioneered a new genre of gendered horror

“She’s a girl with a problem,” Roman Polanski says on the director’s commentary of Repulsion, speaking as efficiently and abstractly as he directs. He’s describing Catherine Deneuve’s Carole, a stoic young woman of ineffable beauty and disintegrating mental health who is harassed by some boorish men, as women often…

Here’s your Halloween weekend streaming guide to The A.V. Club’s Horrors Week

As films from Village Of The Damned to The Omen to this year’s Tales Of Halloween have made very clear, children are duplicitous little instruments of Satan who should not be trusted. Therefore, your best strategy when the little hellions begin descending upon neighborhoods across the country tomorrow night is to draw…

There’s no way your Halloween costume is creepier than Today’s Peanuts getups

NBC’s Today has a longstanding tradition of dressing its hosts in elaborate costumes every Halloween, the better to scare its viewers out of their living rooms and into doing something more productive with their mornings. In the past, the crew at 30 Rock has extended network branding initiatives by disguising…

What was so scary you couldn’t finish it?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

We picked John Carpenter’s brain about horror, Halloween, and video games

John Carpenter’s low-budget, precision-made slasher Halloween is one of the cornerstones of the modern horror film. A massive hit upon its initial release in 1978, the movie spawned a franchise and scores of imitators, and put Carpenter on the path to becoming an above-the-title household name. Carpenter’s subsequent…

Nightmare fuel: 21 horrifying moments from children’s entertainment

You may remember moments like these from your own childhood, or you may have already inadvertently passed some on to the next generation. You settle in on a rainy Saturday for an afternoon of classic, conceivably benign children’s entertainment. Suddenly you are struck by an unexpected moment that startles you so…