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St. Louis-based freelance writer best known for film, television, and pop culture analysis/reviews. 

Currently writing/editing for Black Girl Nerds, WatchMojo, and The Take.

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Superhero Origins: Groot

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re exploring the Superhero Origins of Groot. Our favorite sentient plant-being has multiple origin stories in the comics. We’ll be covering his first Marvel comics appearance, the retconned origin in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” series, and his time in the MCU. We'll have a look at Groot's original appearance, his time spent with the Collector, his joining the Guardians and more! Which Groot do you like best — Adult, Teen, or Baby Groot? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 Darkest Superhero Shows

Superheroes often have to deal with some dark subject matter, as evidenced by these shows. For this list, we’ll be looking at shows with twisted, unsettling, or serious subject matter. We won’t be including animated shows as those deserve a list of their own. Our countdown includes “Jessica Jones” (2015-19), “The Boys” (2019-), “Doom Patrol” (2019-), “Daredevil” (2015-18), and more! Which superhero show do you find the darkest? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 Stranger Things Season 4 Moments

Season 4 of "Stranger Things" has finally arrived and it is packed with great moments! For this list, we’ll be looking at the coolest, saddest, and all-around epic moments in the fourth installment of the hit Netflix series. Our countdown includes Eddie playing "Master of Puppets," Vecna's Origin Reveal, The Tragedy of Victor Creel, Eleven's Roller Rink Revenge, and more! What’s your favorite season 4 moment? Share with us in the comments below.

Top 20 Things You Missed in Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1 and Part 2

"Stranger Things" has finally returned so we're going over all the things you may have missed in Season 4, Part 1 and 2! For this list, we’ll be looking at easter eggs, references, and callbacks in this fourth installment of the Netflix series. Our countdown includes the historical significance behind the Hellfire Club, Billy Hargrove's headstone, various Michael Myers references, and more! Did you catch any of these? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 Horror Film Callbacks in Stranger Things Season 4

“Stranger Things” Season 4 was clearly inspired by a lot of classic Horror movies. For this list, we’ll be looking at the genre references and inspirations from the latest season of the Netflix series. If you’re not caught up with Volume I, warning: there are major spoilers ahead! Our countdown includes “Carrie” (1976), “The Evil Dead” (1981), “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Halloween” (1978), and more! Did you recognize any of these callbacks? Let us know in the comments below.

Stranger Things: Vecna's Origins Explained

"Stranger Things" has given us another twisted villain with Vecna, who has a fascinating origin story. For this video, we’ll be looking at what we know about the latest antagonist to terrorize Hawkins. Warning: if you haven’t finished Season 4: Part I, there are major spoilers ahead! This essay will cover not only Vecna's origins, but his inspiration and some unanswered questions. What did you think of Vecna? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 Things You Missed in Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1

"Stranger Things" has finally returned so we're going over all the things you may have missed in Season 4, Part 1! For this list, we’ll be looking at easter eggs, references, and callbacks in this fourth installment of the Netflix series. Our countdown includes the historical significance behind the Hellfire Club, Billy Hargrove's headstone, various Michael Myers references, and more! Did you catch any of these? Let us know in the comments.

Top 10 TV Shows About Serial Killers

Just like the rest of you, we're obsessed with TV shows about serial killers. For this list, we’ll be looking at television series that focus heavily on serial killers both real and fictional. However, we won’t be including any docuseries. Warning: there are mild spoilers ahead! Our countdown includes "Hannibal" (2013-15), "Sharp Objects" (2018), "Criminal Minds" (2005-20), and more! What do you think is the most interesting program about this type of criminal? Let us know in the comments.

Female Horror Directors You Need to Know

As we’ve seen with cult horror flicks like Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body, and Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, female filmmakers bring a much-needed female perspective to the horror genre, exploring social issues like body image, female sexuality, and motherhood. Horror fans are familiar with names like Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary), Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark), and the Soska Sisters (Ame

SXSW 2022 Review: ‘Shining Girls’ Is a Mind-Bending Thriller That Will Have You Hooked

AppleTV+ expands its growing list of original content with Shining Girls, an eight-episode series based on Lauren Beukes’ 2013 novel The Shining Girls. Showrunner Silka Luisa (Strange Angel) brings Beukes’ time-traveling crime thriller to life on screen with the talents of Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad), Daina Reid (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), who all three direct episodes and executive produce the enthralling series. In 1986, Kirby Mazrachi (Moss) survived

Underrated Female-Centric Horror Films to Watch for Women's History Month

Horror is the perfect genre for stories of girlhood, motherhood, and all the inherently bloody business of being a woman. Celebrate this month with the classics like Carrie and Rosemary’s Baby, along with modern feminist favorites like Jennifer’s Body, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and The Witch. But be sure to also add these criminally underrated gems to your watch list. When I think “female-led horror film,” Starry Eyes is what immediately comes to mind. Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) is

How Netflix's Midnight Mass Tackles Modern Religion

"Midnight Mass" was another incredible horror series from Mike Flanagan, and not just because it absolutely terrified us. Today we’re discussing How Netflix’s “Midnight Mass” Tackles Cultism and Fanaticism in Modern Religion. Spoilers for the series lie ahead as for this essay, we'll be diving head-first into what made the show so engaging. What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments.

Sundance 2022 Review: The Stylish, Unsettling Horror of ‘Fresh’ Will Leave You Hungry for More Mimi Cave

Mimi Cave makes her feature directorial debut with Fresh, a horror-comedy about the funny, frustrating, and frightening realities of modern dating. Written by Lauryn Kahn (Ibiza), this allegorical tale subverts the stereotypical on-screen romance and takes us to an unsettlingly realistic, dark place. Fresh follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), a woman exhausted by the whole dating experience. Like many contemporary young adults, she spends time swiping left and ignoring cringey messages from strange
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