The Halloween Tree remains an adventure in understanding and friendship

“It was a small town by a small river and a small lake in a small northern part of a Midwest state.” The opening line of Ray Bradbury’s 1972 fantasy novel The Halloween Tree reads like the beginning of a good horror movie, and the film adaptation’s intro does little to quell this terrifying tone. With ominous music, a…

Doctor Who: The Movie makes a good first impression the second time around

Usually when I tell a fellow Doctor Who fan that my first real foray into the fandom was the 1996 TV movie, I get a look of revulsion, confusion, or sympathy. Some people are amazed I would give the show another chance after such an ignominious introduction, while others think they’re wasting their time talking to a…

Ghosts and monsters were the least scary part of Goosebumps

Halloween is the only holiday associated with horror, but no one dreads it out of fear. Outside of the movies that tend to be watched, there’s nothing scary about October 31, no modern tradition that’s ominous or unsettling, unless you’re a parent worried about your kid’s sugar intake. Even the season’s decorations,…

Ron Howard’s Willow is still raucous and ridiculous 27 years later

One of the greatest things about being a kid is that everything seems like it’s a colossally big and universal experience. Each TV show is just as important or significant as every other show. Do your parents listen to a certain album? Than so must everyone else’s, right? Similarly, if you see a movie, then it’s an…