Lauren Humphries-Brooks is a writer, editor, and media journalist. She holds a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly contributes to film and pop culture websites, and has written extensively on Classical Hollywood, British horror films, and the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
Fantasia Festival always features a few interesting (and bizarre) documentaries mixed in with their genre films. Last year, Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana was among my favorite views at the festival. At Fantasia 2019, it’s Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life and Ghastly Death of Al […]
You have not experienced existential despair until you’ve lived through an upstate New York winter. This truth is at the heart of The Deeper You Dig, a Fantasia 2019 premiere of a fantastic micro-budget film set in the Catskill Mountains, where hallucination, communication with the dead, and drunk […]
Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) remains one of the most popular and enduring films of the J-horror genre. The idea of a cursed videotape might seem quaint in these days of viral videos and creepy memes (looking at you, Momo), but Ringu and its vengeful wraith Sadako is still […]
Fantasia in Montreal is always a smorgasbord of the great, the grisly, and the bizarre—making it one of my favorite fests to cover, albeit remotely (someday, Montreal, someday…). This year, the slate features a few known entities, from widely promoted films making their next stop on the festival […]
Oh, Shudder. How I have missed you. When it comes to horror, you can’t do much better than to spend some time sifting through Shudder’s ever-expanding catalogue of classic, cult, and, yes, even original and exclusive horror films. While I am somewhat discerning about my horror (not a […]
We’re officially at the halfway mark for the year and with that means a wealth of sites listing what’s been good, so far. The Dames are no different and want to honor the movies they’ve loved over the last six months. Did yours make the list? Leave us […]
Director Penelope Spheeris affected my life more than director other than Alfred Hitchcock, but it took me many years to discover that. Spheeris was responsible for Wayne’s World, one of my favorite films as child, the film that introduced me (and many others) to Queen, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, […]