Humans are the Scariest Monsters in Genre Television

We look at the “humans are the real monsters" trope and present seven classic examples. Read More

The Most Annoying Mad Scientist Cliche is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Fault

‘Frankenstein’ brought it to the movies, but Mary Shelley’s not to blame. Read More

The Mysterious Case of Vanishing Corpses, Explained

Sometimes when characters die, their bodies disappear. Let's talk about why. Read More

Why Zombies Never Go Out of Style

To raise the stakes, just add zombies. It may never go out of style. Read More

Why Dead Birds are the Ultimate Warning Sign

It's all fun and games until the chirping stops. Read More

Why Mentors Have To Die

Some archetypes should really come with hazard pay. Read More

How the Devil Became a Dreamboat: Exploring the Byronic Hero with Kylo Ren

As it turns out, the popular problematic favorite and the OG problematic favorite are basically the same person. Read More

Have You Considered the Kettle of Rising Tension?

Water isn't the only thing coming to a boil. Read More

The History and Transformation of the Final Girl

The trope carries implications of strength, perseverance, and resilience. But where did the Final Girl come from, and how has… Read More