Happy (Almost) New Year’s Eve! While 2020 was terrible, Nightmare on Film Street’s talented staff of writers somehow managed scrounge up a litany of excellent horror editorials. To celebrate their work and the community that read it, NOFS has put together a list of the bests works on the site, organized alphabetically by the incredible writers that made them. Join us in looking back at this horror-filled year with Nightmare on Film Street’s Top Posts of 2020!
Our first entry comes from back in March, when NOFS’s resident punk rock expert Chris Aitkens explored the deepest regions of outer space… or, at least, the horror sequels that are set there. Join him in searching for signs of intelligent life and, instead, finding the fourth Leprechaun.
I truly cannot think of a bigger Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan than our own Josh Anderson, even though Buffy isn’t technically his favorite character. Read his thorough, even passionate explanation for why Anya takes that title by a long shot, but be warned; Josh does discuss some spoilers. Spoilers that he is very unhappy about.
For its 25th anniversary, Mike Blankenship takes a deep dive into the seminal Batman Forever. He discusses a bit of its pre-production history and the initial critical responses to it. Apparently, some critics didn’t like it? What’s not to like about Jim Carrey playing himself and Tommy Lee Jones also playing Jim Carrey?
4. CAMERON C
Each month, pro-collector Cameron C treats us with his monthly adventure into horror merchandise, The Collector’s Crypt. Last January’s edition was especially good, covering some of the original marketing materials for Dracula and a ‘Warsh Up’ kit from 2019’s The Lighthouse. Just like Robert Pattinson, it comes with a little mermaid figurine.
Riley Cassidy’s loving ode to Sleepaway Camp uses the phrase ‘a flock of naked boy butts,’ and honestly, you should be enthralled for that reason alone. Even beyond that, Riley takes an honest, thought-out approach to a movie that is both a cult classic and somewhat controversial. This piece is great for both newcomers to the film and its die-hard fans.
I was thrilled when I learned the idea behind Adrienne Clark’s Exploitation On The Airwaves, a monthly examination of ‘the wholesome modern-day grindhouse that is Lifetime original movies.’ Adrienne explores the dark implications of movies on a definitely-not-cable network, with results that fit them right into the horror genre. Read her first entry here.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who regularly finds new favorite movies via NOFS. One of those movies is Picnic at Hanging Rock, which I learned about via an article from Stephanie Cole. Check it out for her insight into the themes of the film and its innate cosmic horror, and see if the movie doesn’t shoot to the top of your watch list as well.
8. MELISSA COX
I didn’t think my respect for John Carpenter could get any higher, but then I read Melissa Cox’s dissection of Carpenter’s own music in his movies. It takes a genius to do what Carpenter does with his music, just as much as it takes one to point out exactly what makes his music so great, and in such a digestible way. Bravo Melissa!
It’s a-me! It’s hard to decide which of your own articles you’d want it an end-of-year roundup, so I decided to highlight the one that lost me the most Twitter followers. That is, the one in which I ranked sea monsters based on their sexiness. (If you’re reading; hi Mom and Dad! Hope you’re proud!)
10. JONATHAN DEHAAN
Co-Founder, Co-Host, & Editor-In-Chief Jon Dehaan appreciates movies horror movies unlike few people I’ve ever seen. He has a unique take on every one he sees, highlighting what makes each one great in its own way and proving why you can’t really say there’s a ‘Scariest Film Ever Made.’ Oh, wait. That’s exactly what he did for this article? Huh. Well, he’s got a point.
Thirty years before Warner Bros. was planning to release four superhero movies a year (yep, look it up), Darkman crafted a masked-vigilante story using all the hallmarks of the horror genre. Adam Donaldson takes a look at the Sam Raimi classic and examines the monster movies that definitely inspired it but, thankfully, are not linked to it in a cinematic universe.
The only good things to come out of 2020 were 1.) the skateboarding guy and 2.) Host. Rob Savage’s Zoom horror movie struck a powerful chord with the NOFS community, so who better to talk about it than Co-Founder, Co-Host, and Head of Development & Marketing Kimberley Elizabeth? Read why she thinks it’s not just a quarantine horror movie, but the quarantine movie.
13. JEFF EWING
Classic horror featured so many recognizable names. Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Sr. & Jr., and Vincent Price are prime examples. But only one of those names was so recognizable that movie posters didn’t bother its first half; Karloff. NOFS’s Jeff Ewing lists Karloff the Uncanny’s best roles here, complete with your favorites and one or two you might not know…
14. HAZEM FAHMY
You’ve absolutely heard the Wilhelm Scream, but do you know where it comes from? Hazem Fahmy’s history of the legendary sound effect spans several eras of moviemaking, from old Westerns to Star Wars to modern-day usage. It’s an ode not just to the Scream itself, but to the soundmakers of film, who are too often overlooked.
15. ADAM FRAZIER
The NOFS Fiends are all about our physical media, and I think it’s safe to say we’d be lost without Adam Frazier’s monthly catalogue of what releases are hitting stores. Every edition of Scream Warriors has something great within, but I especially liked June of this year, and not just because of the love for 1977’s Orca: The Killer Whale.
That’s the end of Part One, but we’re only halfway through NOFS’s Top Posts of 2020! Keep an eye out for Part Two, and make sure to follow us on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, and Discord for even more end-of-year content. For all the best horror content online, keep lurking at Nightmare on Film Street.