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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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...

The 31-Day 2010s Fear & Now Horror-Thon

Once again, October has arrived and so marks Horror Theory's 31-day horror marathon. This year's theme, if you couldn't surmise from the...

M. Night Shyamalan Reveals New Movie Poster, ‘Old,’ Which Has Begun Filming Yesterday

Surprise! M. Night Shyamalan's newest horror film has started filming on September 26, 2020. To mark the occasion, the filmmaker, best known...

WATCH: Before ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar,’ Ari Aster Directed a Short Horror Film About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

In case you were wondering if Ari Aster was always the insatiably weird and controversial director that he is now, having made...

‘The Witch’ Director Robert Eggers Created a Horror Film That Would Mirror a New England Puritan’s Nightmare

Since its 2015 premiere, 'The Witch' remains one of the most poignant period horror films of the past decade. The supernatural horror...

‘Must-Watch’ First Season of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ Coming to Blu Ray Four Days Before Second Season Premiere

Horror fanatics who appreciate the work and story-telling of icons like Stephen King, Quentin Tarantino, and Rob Zombie will appreciate the historical...

Cult Horror Flick ‘Pumpkinhead’ Limited Edition Steelbook Releasing Just in Time for Halloween 2020

Hold on to your pumpkins. 'Pumpkinhead' is getting the limited edition steelbook treatment from Shout Factory October 20, 2020.

Wearable DOOM Helmet Coming Friday from Limited Run Games in Epic Collector’s Bundle

This Friday, get ready to slay. North Carolina-based video game distributor, Limited Run Games (which specializes in offering physical releases of previously...

‘The Invisible Man’ Was Originally Supposed to Fit Into a Shared Cinematic Universe with 2017’s ‘The Mummy’

Some things are best left forgotten. This of course includes Universal Picture's disastrous attempt at creating the Dark Universe, which aimed to...

‘Tremors: Shrieker Island’ Centers Around a ‘Most Dangerous Game’-Style Monster Hunt

Horror fans who were craving a "Most Dangerous Game' style movie but with giant worm monsters are in for a treat. 'Tremors:...

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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...