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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Indie Horror-thon: Sinister (2012)

With Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) directing, Jason Blum producing and Ethan Hawke in the lead role, Sinister seemed like a safe formula for...

Indie Horror-thon: The Evil Dead (1981)

In 1981, The Evil Dead gave audiences a taste of what has now become known and cherished as Sam Raimi's masterful blend of campy, dark...

Indie Horror-thon: The Innkeepers (2011)

Following a slew of horror movie remakes and sequels in 2011, a demand for original horror films had been on the rise. And writers and directors...

Indie Horror Marathon: Trollhunter (2011)

When critics say that few new installments in the jaded found-footage format are properly made or worthwhile, movies like Trollhunters are the ones they're...

31-Day Indie Horror Movie Marathon

Halloween is our favorite time of the year, mostly because it’s the perfect occasion to break out some of our favorite scary movies celebrate...

Couple’s inspired pumpkin-themed baby announcement

Reddit user TDCJason posted this baby announcement photo last year, depicting him sitting next to his wife, who is holding a pumpkin with a human embryo...

Redditor: What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences?

When enough creative people congregate to a single Reddit post, something magical happens. Case in point, in August of 2013, Reddit user meiguess asked: What is the...

My Ron Swanson Halloween Pumpkin

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing." With Ron Swanson's advice echoing in my head, I took to carving my very own Ron Swanson-themed pumpkin. Earlier...

Halloween recipe: cinnamon-roasted pumpkin seeds

Every year that I carve pumpkins I think, Gee, I hate to waste these seeds. But it wasn't until this year that I decided to...

My Pokemon-themed Halloween pumpkin

Alright, it's not perfect. But a lot of effort went into making this Squirtle pumpkin, which I made yesterday for Halloween. With this week's release...

Latest articles

Green Room (2015): The Festering Ultra-Violent Rage of ‘Angry White Males’ in Pre-Tr*mp America

It probably is not a coincidence that, in 2016, A24 released their horror-thriller masterpiece Green Room the same month that Republican presidential...

The Invitation (2015): The Spiritual Philosophy of Bereavement and the Cult of Social Civility

Tonight is the night our faith becomes real, reads the tagline for The Invitation, the psychological horror thriller that chronicles the dinner...

We Are Still Here (2015): The Supernatural Dread of Denial, Grief, and Rural Isolationism

There’s a reason why haunted-house films are such a welcomed mainstay in the horror genre. The house as a safe space and...

The Witch (2015): The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Puritan Moral Panic and Patriarchal Family Dynamics

The 2010s marked a notable resurgence of religious themes and imagery in horror film. Perhaps most faithful to theological folklore was 2015’s...