A Halloween Art Show from Kate McDowell

I was reminded of these haunting, somewhat horrifying sculptures of birds and lungs and birds who live in lungs, etc, by Jendi Reiter. Enjoy! Be unsettled! [Read more...]

Remaking Stephen King Flicks

I’m surprisingly convinced by some of the choices and judgments on this list. The first one (Neil Marshall remakes Graveyard Shift) is the best, but there are some good calls here. He’d need to keep the working-class grimth, though–the opening of the original movie is the best part. No, wait, the end credits are obviously [Read More...]

“Wounded Beauty”: Me in America

magazine, talking about horror films and the sublime: I love horror movies because they show me the sublime. I love them for a lot of other reasons too, I admit, depending on my mood. I don’t believe in a grand, unified theory of horror, or of any other genre of film; most genres are a [Read More...]

Hammered Horror: “A Horrible Way to Die”

Indie horror flick A Horrible Way to Die is a great example of how a moviemaker can misunderstand what’s so special about his idea. The basic story of the film is straightforward: A woman tries to settle in to her new life in a new town, but her serial-killer ex (whom her evidence put away) [Read More...]

“Wish You Were Here”: It’s a Thriller. You Know, Like “Crime and Punishment.”

Wish You Were Here is a slight Australian suspense flick about a married couple, expecting their third child, who go on a tourist jaunt to sunny Cambodia with the wife’s sister and the sister’s beau. After a night of hard partying the boyfriend can’t be found. The married couple return to Australia as the girlfriend [Read More...]

Nun Is the Loneliest Number: “Black Narcissus”

Last week I saw 1947′s Powell & Pressburger convent fever dream Black Narcissus. It’s set in the high, windswept mountain peaks of India (with requisite “half devil and half child” native caricatures, so just know that going in–I really liked the blunt old lady though), where an iron-spined young Anglican nun played by Deborah Kerr [Read More...]

Cherry Blossoms of the Dead: Springtime Horror?

All the other seasons get a good supply of horror flicks. Summer has Sleepaway Camp and the other summer camp slashers, Stand by Me and the other “loneliness of childhood” films, and all the end-of-school flicks from Prom Night to The Boys Next Door. Fall has the Halloween movies, of course–if you want an entry [Read More...]

Papa Was a Rollin’ Dracula

I finally watched Dracula’s Daughter, sometimes called the first lesbian vampire movie. It’s… a mixed bag. All scenes in which the aforementioned Daughter are offscreen are slow and boring, and the jealous-woman subplot is painful. The gowns are awesome! Also the furs. I thought the sapphic subtext was more blatant than Final Girl did (and [Read More...]

Ferris Bueller’s Day of Spree Killing

I watched The Boys Next Door because I read the following words in Kindertrauma’s review: 1985, Penelope Spheeris, Netflix streaming. Stopped reading right there. I wasn’t disappointed–although I will say that this isn’t a movie I’d recommend to most of my readers, even those who do like a lot of horror flicks. The Boys Next [Read More...]

Dead Simple

Just finished watching The Devil’s Backbone, a powerful film which may have left me unsatisfied because I was expecting it to be something it didn’t want to be. The movie, by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), is set during the Spanish Civil War at an orphanage run by Communists. A young boy, Carlos, is brought [Read More...]