The Spooky Web w/Spidey I've seen a fair share of horror movie review threads, and a few television shows, but nothing from the short video medium. There is plenty to discuss and examine on the internet. Youtube is a goldmine for the weird and creepy. This is my horror media review thread, and there will be spoilers. I will be reviewing these videos/subscriptions on a set criteria. I have provided examples borrowed from the ever popular "Hansel & Gretel" fairy tale to show how this list will be executed. Content. What I see. I will point out the important visuals and audio from the work. ex. Hansel & Gretel are sent away into the woods where they find a house made of gingerbread etc. etc. etc. Context. The bigger story, or the "hidden" meaning. This can be left up to interpretation, as many may see it as one thing while others will see something completely different. This is also the place where theories go. ex. Hansel & Gretel is a children's story with a moral lesson. Through it, readers can learn not to trust in strangers and so on. Subtlety. This is my way to "rate" the horror. For it it to scare me, there has to be some subtlety. It can't be over-the-top gorefest from the get-go. I don't enjoy jumpscares, as that is more of a bodily reaction than something that could keep me up at night. With that said, it can't be so subtle that I (or the casual viewer) would miss what's scary completely. This will most likely be the most difficult part of the review, as there are plenty of things that I'd pick up on and I'd find disturbing whereas to another viewer it isn't as apparent. Odds are, there will be several types of horror at play here, such as the horror we see on the surface "The mother's abuse...the witch's appetite...killing the witch..." as well as a deeper horror, like the one provided below. ex. In several adaptations, the witch is in fact Hansel & Gretel's biological mother. She wanted to eat the boy. So that's cannibalism on top of filicide. Killing and eating your own children is pretty disturbing, and with it being a story geared towards children this makes it even more unsettling. Not to mention the mother had to build a house made of sweets to lure the kids away from their dad. She even disguises herself and undergoes this nice-at-first persona. Include the fact that everyone is starving but the mother made a house made of food just leaves readers with more questions than answers. It may not be scary to the casual viewer who most likely grew up on a story like that, but when I stop and think about it it's pretty ****ed up. Sure, the witch gets roasted and there's bits of torture, but the subtlety of what the mother is doing and why she's doing it makes this a creepshow. Authenticity. Determines if the video is based on anything true, if the video itself IS true, or if it's a complete work of fiction. This category will almost always be the shortest. Sometimes it's obvious, such as "Don't Hug Me. I'm Scared." since they're puppets. But maybe it's based off of a real event, or it's telling a real story in the context. ex. Hansel & Gretel is a Grimm's fairy tale. The story itself is fictitious, but there are many real accounts of abandoned children, cannibalism, and murderous mothers. Personal Seal of Approval. This is where I would say "you may like this if...". Some of us may enjoy a psychological thriller more than blood and guts shlock. I will tell you how I felt about the media overall, and may recommend said video(s) if you're interested in a certain aspect of horror. ex. If you're a fan of the macabre side of fairy tales, I'd recommend Hansel & Gretel. Reread the story as an adult and you may pick up on more than what you did as a child, which does bring in a purely authentic creep factor unlike any other. I didn't want to put this in The Media Hub for a few reasons. One is I wouldn't want to subject anybody to the criteria I made here. This is my personal way of reviewing the work I will provide. I also plan to incorporate actual video footage in this thread, and I don't want some guy doing a review on someone like Ricardo Lopez and sharing the clip where he kills himself. Or anything like snuff. It may be horrifying, but for me that's a bit too much. You're more than welcome to do whatever with your own review thread, just abide by the rules. I am very open to suggestions on what to watch next though, so do feel free to PM me or reply to this thread with something you'd think would make for a good review. Just keep in mind I will not review anything with nudity, pedophilia, or real suicide involved. Just please have some sense if you're going to share a video or whatever with me. Thank you.