“Some small towns die a natural death. Some are murdered.” — Reggie Bannister, Phantasm II
I'm a fairly big horror movie fan. In fact, I have a tattoo of Michael Myers (the dead-eyed, seemingly unstoppable force in the Halloween movie series). And, not surprisingly, I watched my share of horror flicks during this past Halloween season.
One vehicle that’s used frequently in the horror genre (and others as well) is the trick of convincing the viewer that the killer is one person, when in fact, it is someone else entirely—and probably, someone you couldn’t believe, providing that shocking twist.