Terrified. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

 6 horror tropes to watch out for in any horror movie

Oct 7th, 2018 GV Exclusive, Horror Marcus Goh 13 min read

Are you a horror movie buff? Then there are three things we know you look forward to every year – Halloween, the announcement of the next Ring/Ju-On instalment, and the new movies for the GV Horrorthon. But what makes a good horror movie so frightening? There are some things that we will always be frightened of – instinctual fears that are buried deep in our…

The Mimic. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 Korean mythological monsters you don’t want to meet in Seoul

Aug 29th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 10 min read

Planning a trip to Seoul? As modern and metropolitan as it might be, supernatural dangers may lurk in unexpected corners. This being the Seventh Month, we’re expecting that the mythological monsters of Korea would be a bit more active, although Korea doesn’t technically “celebrate” the Seventh Month. These are dangers that Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet (do people still buy Lonely Planet guides) won’t warn…

Annabelle: Creation. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 haunted dolls that exist right here in sunny Singapore

Aug 9th, 2017 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 10 min read

You might think that haunted dolls (or toys, for that matter) only exist far far away, and certainly not in Singapore. You always see television shows or movies about them, but it’s not like Singapore would have a haunted doll right? If we did, you can bet that it’ll be Instagrammed so much that it’d have its own hashtag. Guess what? There isn’t just one…

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways to prevent ghostly possession in Singapore

Jan 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

For a tiny red dot, we’ve certainly got more than our fair share of supernatural sightings. Everyone has seen or knows someone who’s seen a ghost. And with several different cultures on the same island, we’ve got to contend with ghastly apparitions that require different rituals for exorcism. The worst kind of ghosts are those that pretend to be humans. I’m not talking about zombies…

6 reasons why child ghosts are so terrifying

Feb 24th, 2016 Horror Marcus Goh 6 min read

The scariest creatures in horror films are not the giant red dragon demons, but the ghosts of dead children who are barely half the size of an adult. For most of us, especially parents, the natural instinct is to protect a living child, but the ghost of one paralyses us with fear. But we see children everyday, so what makes them so terrifying as members of…

5 reasons why being a ghost is tough in Singapore

Jan 6th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Horror Marcus Goh 6 min read

Notice how there are fewer and fewer ghost stories circulating in our nation these days? That’s because it’s so hard to be a ghost in Singapore these days, as opposed to, say, Korea. With increasing urbanisation and and a higher population density, you can’t catch a break even in the afterlife, since you’ve got to share the same space with the living. Don’t believe us? Pretend…

Madison (Kennedy Clements) in "Poltergeist". Credits: Twentieth Century Fox

5 easy ways to trick friends into thinking a place is haunted

Jun 17th, 2015 Horror Marcus Goh 5 min read

Want to scare your room mates or buddies into thinking the room or office is haunted? You may not have the big budgets (or crew, or equipment, or stuntmen) of Poltergeist, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stage a fake haunting for friends and colleagues. All it takes is five minutes a day – and the ability to keep a straight face as those around…