TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID and the Justified Inclusion of Child Violence within Horror Films (Originally Published for Bloody-Disgusting.com)

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(Original post can be found at Bloody-Disgusting.com. This editorial contains spoilers for Tigers Are Not AfraidIt Chapter TwoThe Nightingale, and The House That Jack Built.)

Issa Lopez’s poignant and revelatory Tigers Are Not Afraid has made such an impact on the horror genre because it differs from so many others films that are given to us: its narrative is told through perspectives that we never see enough of in mainstream cinema; its fantastical elements often add to the film’s sense of peril, as opposed to solely bringing the characters comfort; and, most interestingly, it contains a fearlessness to incorporate grim (but necessary) portrayals of child violence into its storytelling.

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Shudder’s ‘The Ranger’ is good ol’ fashioned slasher fun (with punks)

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(Shudder)

Sure, we may have had our fill of the ’80s nostalgia horror trend that has been running rampant over the last couple years, but I will never complain about a fun-loving slasher indie, set in the all-too-scary deep neck of the woods (scary for me at least, because I am terrified of the woods) with a crew of scintillating punk kids and a delectable performance from Jeremy S. Holm as a psycho ranger at its core.

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‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror’ Documentary is essential viewing for horror fans

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“Black history is Black horror.” – Author Taranarive Due

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Rachel True in Horror Noire (Shudder)

For a genre that has found much of its footing from being loved by a culture of rejected, misfit fandoms, horror has always struggled with playing fair when it comes to its equal inclusivity of shades of people within its films.  Women, LGTBQ+, and People of Color alike have always questioned their worth within horror– as so much of it has both glorified and been created by straight, White men– and in Shudder’s exclusive documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, we gain thought-provoking perspectives from a group of Black Americans that have worked in horror, about what it means to be a fan of a genre that has not always been so good to them.

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‘The Witch in the Window’ is yet another exceptional 2018 film about the horrors of parenting

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Alex Draper and Charles Everett Tacker tackle a complicated father and son relationship in The Witch in the Window (One Bad House Films)

We seem to be in the throws of a trend in 2018: many of the greatest horror films that have been given to us this year have reflected on one of the scariest things that many of us will do– become parents.  From A Quiet Place to Hereditary to even bits within the new Halloween, horror has taken a deep dive into just how horrifying it can be to raise our offspring.  How much should we protect them?  How much should we sacrifice of ourselves for them?  At what point do we let them out into the world?  Will our mistakes reflect upon their upbringings?  Shudder’s exclusive The Witch in the Window is yet another well-done film that makes many of us think twice about starting families.

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