Barry Falls Jr

Barry was the managing editor of his university newspaper before contributing as a freelance content creator for Yahoo News and Esquire. He founded Horror Theory in 2014 to analyze horror films through a sociological lens.
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The Masque Of The Red Death, A Colorful Symphony of the Macabre, Releases on Blu Ray

"One of the best and most ambitious of the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe series," according to TV Guide, The Masque Of...

It Follows (2014): Sex, Nostalgia, and The Existential Dread of Emerging Adulthood

Sex and horror have been tethered together in film since the genre's beginnings. Horror cinema remains one of the sharpest means for...

Creep (2014): The Nature of Creepiness, Exploited Loneliness, and Fabricated Victimhood

If ever there were an accolade for the most aptly-title horror film, it should undoubtedly go to 2014's Creep, which embodies its...

Goodnight Mommy (2014): A Tale of Two Brothers— And Their Coping Mechanisms for Bereavement

When Goodnight Mommy finally received a limited theatrical release in September 2015, it had already developed a reputation on the festival circuit...

What We Do in The Shadows (2014): Vampires as a Metaphor for Immigrants and the Culturally Marginalized

Before Taika Waititi was entrusted with refreshing the stale Thor film franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, he was proving himself as the co-writer...

The Babadook (2014): A Parable of Motherhood and the Changing Shapes of Repressed Grief

Following its 2014 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, The Babadook was quickly recognized as one of the finest horror films ever...

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014): Feminist Vampires In The City

A girl walks home alone at night. What kind of imagery and emotions does that sentence conjure? Whatever they are, chances are...

Oculus (2013): A Mirror Reflection of Childhood Trauma and False Memories

Like many of its Blumhouse peers released around the same time (such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister), Oculus feels like another...

Resolution (2012): Drug Addiction, Rural Marginalization, the Pressures of Constructing a Narrative Identity

"I think it wants a story with an ending." Resolution is the third film on this list that I’ve...

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2011): Academic Elitism and the Casualties of Class Consciousness

If asked to describe Tucker and Dale vs Evil in broad terms, I'd call it a subversive take on classic 1970s slasher...

I Saw the Devil (2010): Avoidance Coping and The Dangers of Gazing into the Abyss

I reviewed I Saw the Devil back in 2014 for my Indie Horror-thon, my very first horror review marathon during which I...

Black Swan (2010): The Male Gaze, Toxic Mother Figures, and The Pursuit of Perfection

What would you sacrifice in the quest for perfection? This is a central concept posed by Black Swan, a film by Darren...

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The Masque Of The Red Death, A Colorful Symphony of the Macabre, Releases on Blu Ray

"One of the best and most ambitious of the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe series," according to TV Guide, The Masque Of...

It Follows (2014): Sex, Nostalgia, and The Existential Dread of Emerging Adulthood

Sex and horror have been tethered together in film since the genre's beginnings. Horror cinema remains one of the sharpest means for...

Creep (2014): The Nature of Creepiness, Exploited Loneliness, and Fabricated Victimhood

If ever there were an accolade for the most aptly-title horror film, it should undoubtedly go to 2014's Creep, which embodies its...

Goodnight Mommy (2014): A Tale of Two Brothers— And Their Coping Mechanisms for Bereavement

When Goodnight Mommy finally received a limited theatrical release in September 2015, it had already developed a reputation on the festival circuit...