Shannon McGrew

Shannon's Top 5 Horror Films of 2017

Shannon's Top 5 Horror Films of 2017

2017, you may have had your low moments, but in regards to horror films, you came out on top. Between the success of independent horror films along with the box office smash hits surrounding IT and Get Out, horror is firmly cementing itself as a genre that should be taken seriously. When it came to deciding my favorite horror films of the year, I struggled only because there were so many incredible ones to choose from. After narrowing them down, I've chosen my top 5 of the year and can only hope that 2018 will bring us just as many incredible movies to choose from. 

5 Horror Films Based on True Stories

5 Horror Films Based on True Stories

The new sci-fi/horror film PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, is based on the shocking, true events of March 13, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as "The Phoenix Lights", and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history. 

The Many Transformations of Actor Doug Jones

The Many Transformations of Actor Doug Jones

Doug Jones has had quite the career of transforming himself into characters ranging from fantastical creatures, horrifying monsters, superheroes, and more. For the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the supernatural thriller, THE BYE BYE MAN, in which Doug Jones stars as the title character, Shannon took a look back at some of her favorite Doug Jones metamorphosis's throughout his career.

Looking Back at Shannon's Five Favorite Exorcism/Possession Movies

Looking Back at Shannon's Five Favorite Exorcism/Possession Movies

Today, A24 released their terrifying new horror film, THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER, from director Osgood Perkins. The film centers around two girls stranded at their prep school who find themselves battling a mysterious evil force. In anticipation of the film's release, Shannon took a look back at some of her favorite films that focused on the subject of possessions and exorcisms. As our favorite demon would say in THE EXORCIST, it truly is an excellent day for an exorcism. 

5 Horror Movies Set in New Orleans

5 Horror Movies Set in New Orleans

With the upcoming release of the horror film GHOST OF NEW ORLEANS, which has an all-star cast that includes Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard, Lake Bell, and Cary Elwes, we thought we would take a look back at some of the best paranormal/horror movies that have been set in the infamous city of New Orleans.  In GHOST OF NEW ORLEANS, we are introduced to a disgraced detective, post-Katrina, who encounters the ghost of a murdered woman who wants to help him identify her killer.  

If there was one place I would tell anyone to visit in the United States, I would say New Orleans. The history is rich and the tales of urban legends run rampant through the streets and dark alleyways.  The following are the top 5 horror films set in good ole' New Orleans, starting with the most famous one of all...

Why I think Fear VR: 5150 Should Stay at Knott's Scary Farm

Why I think Fear VR: 5150 Should Stay at Knott's Scary Farm

Today it was announced that Knott’s Scary Farm would be closing their newest attraction, Fear VR: 5150 due to an outcry from some (not all) of the mental health community.  This is in regards to the experience of Fear VR taking place inside of a haunted psychiatric unit which is home to a possessed and most likely evil girl as well as the attraction having 5150 - which is a section of the California Welfare and Institution Code which authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to themself, a danger to others, etc - in the title.  There has been a huge upset with fans of the park who think that Knott’s Berry Farm should have stood their ground and now allowed for the reaction of a few to close down an experience (and jobs) for a lot of people.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t have a chance to check out Fear VR: 5150 when I went on media night, but had I been able to, I would have done so gladly. 

In Preparation for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM We Delve into Films that are Based on a True Story

In Preparation for THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM We Delve into Films that are Based on a True Story

Growing up, I used to be obsessed with the television show “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction.” Even as an adult, I’m still obsessed with films and television shows that ride that fine line between real and fabricated.  Ask most horror fans, when those 5 words - BASED ON A TRUE STORY - come on the screen, a part of us jumps for joy as the story has suddenly taken on a much more macabre yet realistic undertone.  These types of films/television shows/books have a way of playing off of our fears while simultaneously embedding itself deep within us. Whether it’s a true crime story or something within the supernatural sphere we are inexplicably drawn into knowing more.  

Breaking Down Some of the Scariest Dolls in Film: Chucky, Annabelle and The Boy (w/ Special Giveaway of THE BOY)

Breaking Down Some of the Scariest Dolls in Film: Chucky, Annabelle and The Boy (w/ Special Giveaway of THE BOY)

In preparation of the release of “The Boy” on Blu-Ray and DVD (May 10), I thought it would be great to write about some iconic scary dolls that have terrified us in horror films. Dolls are toys that the majority of us have had at one point in our lives.  As children they were our friends and we could speak to them knowing that in their silence, they understood us in a way that no one else could.  I remember being a child and having my own doll; a Strawberry Shortcake.  She was lovely and I cherished her with all my being.  Even now, at the age of 32, I can remember her face filled with freckles, a friendly smile, and vibrant red hair.  Though I may look back fondly on that doll, another image starts to form inside my head.  A doll, with similar features such as freckles, a friendly smile, and vibrant red hair.  Sometimes he is referred to as a Good Guy Doll though others may refer to him by his famous name, Chucky.