Michigan author and filmmaker Brian Lillie asked me to write a piece for his 31 DAYS HATH OCTOBER blog. Here ’tis.

31 Hath October


Animated Halloween specials such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Bugs Bunny’s Howl-o-ween Special have been part of Americans’ childhoods for almost 50 years. More sophisticated fare has taken over the airwaves as Halloween has grown in popularity as a family holiday, and a new generation of horror fans is surely tuning in to the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror marathon even as I’m writing this blog. However, family-friendly films, even Halloween-themed ones, don’t often tackle truly disturbing themes. While some of the stories may be creepy, the tales never rise to the level of true horror.

Animation presents filmmakers with unique storytelling tools; you can often find just as much terror in a three-minute short as you can in a ninety-minute (or more!) feature film. The films presented here are a sampler of some of the darkest, most disturbing, and funniest horror…

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