The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

The Intertwined Web of Religious Cults and Satanic Panic in American Pop Culture

Cults and the Occult have always been a fixture in horror stories.  Lovecraft, ROSEMARY’S BABY,  the Satanic Panic of the 1980’s and on into today, these kinds of stories keep popping up, not only in our fiction, but they bleed into our real lives.

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

The following letter was discovered during Michael's annual pilgrimage to the long defunct Camp Crystal Lake. It appears to be a letter written by a young Jason Voorhees to his mother, Pamela Voorhees.

THE WICKER MAN and Human Superstition

THE WICKER MAN and Human Superstition

Not ALL superstition leads down a path of murder. But, as in the case of THE WICKER MAN, it does make for a great Horror film. All-in-all let’s leave the scary ritualistic superstitions to cinema and stick to things like eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.

OWA Recommendations: Now Streaming in October 2017

OWA Recommendations: Now Streaming in October 2017

For many of us at Other Worlds, October is our favorite month - and for good reason! The weather is finally getting comfortable in Austin, we are only a mere couple months away from the festival, and of course we get to celebrate horror all month long! 

The Writing of TIME LAPSE, or how to get your super complicated time-travel script from page to screen

The Writing of TIME LAPSE, or how to get your super complicated time-travel script from page to screen

OWA Screenwriting Director Eric Harrelson interviews BP Cooper, who co-wrote our very first Centerpiece Feature back in 2014: TIME LAPSE.  Learn how BP & team managed to keep such a crazy plot straight, plus behind-the-scenes footage and a PDF link to the script!!

Desert Island Debbie Gibson: No Thanks

Desert Island Debbie Gibson: No Thanks

We have the resources to last a lifetime here, but I’m not sure I can endure another five minutes with her.  When she isn’t talking about Debbie Gibson, she makes on-the-nose statements about our predicament like she’s providing exposition in a SyFy Channel Original Movie.

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and the Literal Island We Find Ourselves On

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and the Literal Island We Find Ourselves On

If I were stranded on a literal island, [I would pick] Buckaroo Banzai. Along with being a stylish fellow who bares a striking resemblance to one Peter Weller, dude is a super well-rounded, renaissance man; he's a rock star, doctor(neurosurgeon), test pilot, and physicist. 

My Island Bro, Dr. Moreau

My Island Bro, Dr. Moreau

Now, with a whole band of animal-creatures and a little bit of persistent prodding, I’m sure I could convince the cat-people population to help me realize my long-gestating, live-action, Old Hollywood-stylized musical adaptation of Thundercats: “A Snarf is Born.”

Ray vs Egon

Ray vs Egon

DON: Trying to finish…er… start my Stranded-On-An-Island-With-One-Fictional-Scientist blog.
MICHAEL: Cool. Who did you settle on?
DON: I’m thinking about Ray Stantz from GHOSTBUSTERS.
MICHAEL: Whaaaaa? Ray over Egon? You two are dying on that island; you know that right?

IT 2017: meh.

IT 2017: meh.

Audiences and critics have both overwhelmingly praised the film, so I’ve been wondering since I left the theater…why didn’t It really work for me?

Great Scott: Jordan & Doc Brown are stuck on an island

Great Scott: Jordan & Doc Brown are stuck on an island

Doc Brown: Great Scott!

Jordan Brown: This is clearly not the Brown family reunion party. We must have landed in the wrong place. Why didn’t we just take a regular flight like everyone else in the family?

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in September 2017

OWA Recommends: Now Streaming in September 2017

Even though technically the autumn solstice is not until near the end of this month, for those of us in love with this time of year, fall is already in full swing.  Now grab a pumpkin spice latte, put on a chunky sweater, and cuddle up with some of these great SciFi and Horror picks!

Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

2017 is proving to be yet another domino in a building line of high-caliber annual film fare. Not restricted to budget size or genre classification--high budget and low budget, genre films of all stripes or films that avoid genre classification all together---the last few years have been defined by unrelenting quality that is pushing forward to the present day. With the first seven months officially under our belts, I am going to take a look back at seven of the best SciFi and Horror films from the first half of the year.

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