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Not every horror movie character gets a back story. Here are just some of the few that we’ve met in passing.

“It” (It Follows, 2015)

One of the most mysterious characters to appear in recent horror cinema. What is this thing? A physical manifestation of a curse? Where does it come from, and why does it use sex to kill it’s victims?

“Suzy” (May, 2003)

Is Suzy just a doll, or something more? There’s hints to the latter, but it’s never made perfectly clear. Does she have a sinister connection to May? If so, what is it?

“The stranger” (The Eyes Of My Mother, 2016)

I’ve never seen a character introduced by way of his psychotic laughter, which absolutely sets the tone. This strange character appears to aimlessly wander along the countryside in search of victims…ultimately stumbling upon, perhaps, not the most ideal.

“Billy” (Black Christmas, 1974)

Deranged phone calls, killing rampage…check. But who is Billy? Does he suffer from multiple personality disorder? Where did he come from?

“Asami” (Audition, 1999)

Asami is anything but sweet and innocent. But who is she really? What led her to become this methodically-sadistic killer that Shigeharu falls prey to?

“Sam” (Trick ‘r Treat, 2008)

Does Sam use the formalities of Halloween as cover for one night of mass killing? Or is he literally the incarnation of Halloween altogether?

“Thing” (The Thing, 1982)

It mimics to survive, is intelligent enough to build it’s own ship for travel…but that’s about all we know. Just how ancient is it? Where did it come from? What are it’s origins? (Cue The Thing ‘origins’ movie.)

“Taxi man” (Triangle, 2009)

Introduced during a poignant moment in the film (with dark music score to boot), some theorize this strange figure is the devil himself, waiting in the wings to make a sinister deal with Jess. Possible?

“Jane Doe” (The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, 2016)

Unearthed from beneath the house of a slaughtered family, Jane is the quintessential ‘mysterious horror character’. Unable to communicate, it’s only Jane’s body which holds the sinister clues about her past, and of those that fought to stop her.


🎃 🎃  (Even more) Quintessential  Halloween movies and chill? Because once again, it’s just about that time of the year. Les get spooky. 🎃 🎃 



Werewolf special-makeup-effects are a 100+ year artform that kicked off with 1913′s The Werewolf. Which is why it really gets under my skin when i see werewolves that are rendered entirely in CGI these days (e.g. Underworld, Twilight, Howl, etc.) To me, it’s a sign of an incredibly lazy creature-effects department. I honestly hope the love and craft for creature design inevitably returns for this genre. 


A selection of Candice Tripp’s Houses of Horror (series 2)

Hill House in The Haunting (1963) by Robert Wise

The house in Henjel gwa Geuretel (2007) by Pil-sung Yim

Marsten House in Salem’s Lot (1979) by Tobe Hooper

Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak (2015) by Guillermo Del Toro

The school bus driver’s house in Trick ‘r Treat (2007) by Michael Dougherty

Oskar’s house in Låt den rätte komma (2008) by Tomas Alfredson

Jay Height’s house in It Follows (2014) by David Robert Mitchell

Buffalo Bill’s house in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) by Jonathan Demme

The Brooklyn brownstone in The Sentinel (1977) by Michael Winner

The Vankek house in The Babadook (2014) by Jennifer Kent

Annie Wilkes’ house in Misery (1990) by Rob Reiner

Carrie White’s house in Carrie (1976) by Brian De Palma