Can you believe it’s only June? This last week alone has felt like we’ve been treading water for a year and I don’t know how much longer any of us are going to last. We’re neck-deep and sinking fast, with no sign of help in sight. In horror movies, the monster eating everyone up is usually a metaphorical stand-in for the real-life monsters we face on a daily basis. But right now, just opening twitter is enough to stir that pit-of-your-stomach dread you used to get only in movie theatres. Monsters bigger and meaner than anything we’ve ever seen are circling all around us, just waiting for us to let our guard down so they can sink their teeth and drag us down. We’re all horror fans here, but I think we can all agree that Nightmares belong on movie screens, and not in our streets. We are in the middle of a global crisis right now, there is no denying that, but if you are looking for a fun, care-free distraction from the world around you (if only for an hour or two), Nightmare on Film Street is here for you. After all, it’s Prom Season! It’s also Aquatic Horror Season ..because at this High School Horror Hoedown, we’ve got bigger monsters to deal with than that annoying voice inside your head that keeps trying to make you believe the world is ending.
This month at Nightmare on Film Street we’re diving deep into the horrors of high school and zipping up the backs of our
dresses scuba suits. We’re swimming with the sharks at the cool kids table and taking a deep breath before asking that special underwater monster we’ve had our one on to save that last dance for us. We’re all familiar with the horrors of outer space, and the fear of the unknown lurking in the deep dark recesses of that deadly no man’s land, but the real danger is here with us right now. That sentiment may feel more true than ever, but pandemics aside – there is no scarier time in your life than those embarrassing, emotionally fragile (hormone-fueled) teenage years. And regardless of what monster you’re imagination can create to fill the night’s sky, there are very real monsters digging a watery grave for you right now, just below sea level. It’s also Pride Month and naturally, we’ll be serving up as many recommendations as we can, beginning with a list of scream-worthy Queer Horror titles that you can stream online right now!
Coming this June, it’s another month-long double-bill of evil at Nightmare on Film Street. We’re bringing you a boatload of bullies and pranks-gone-wrong, and enough water-breathing monster to fill a high school gymnasium! We’re fixing our sights on Aquatic Horror and Prom Panic in our Enchantment Under The Sea monthly theme. Our editorial staff are bringing their unique perspectives to these respective subgenres to analyze and interpret those inescapable fears that await all brave enough to tread water in the deep end. Regular contributor Dave Richards has us all scheduled for a guided tour through the amazon in search of the mythical Yacuruna (the creature responsible for inspiring Universal’s classic Creature From The Black Lagoon), and later this month Emily Gagne will be breaking down the Final Girl Fashion of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer!
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But that’s just the tip of this glitter-splattered pontoon boat! We can’t wait to share Adam Donaldson’s argument for 2009’s The Stepfather remake (just in time for Fathers’ Day), Paul Le’s personal list of LGBTQ+ horrors that deserve more attention, and Joshua Anderson’s thoughts on Alfred Hitchcock’s Pyscho (after seeing it 2020 for the very first time!). We’re also serving up a Jaws-inspired meal in Carrie Hartzell’s Witchy Kitchen, analyzing the watery soundwaves of Humanoids From The Deep in Rachel Prin’s Terror on The Turntable, and giving thanks to the Sun God this summer solstice with Jessica Rose’s celebration of The Darkest Horrors With Sunny Atmospheres!
Whether you’re counting down the hours on a raft as a sentient oil slick threatens to eat you alive, or you’re about to drop a bucket of blood on this year’s Prom Queen, we want to hear from you! What are your favorite prom horrors? Maybe you want to share a prom horror story of your own?? Let us know all about the underwater monsters that still plague your dream at night. We want to know what movies kept you on the shore last summer while the rest of your family splashed around on the beach, taunting the hungry killing-machines laying in wait beneath them.