Sinister (2012)

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A word of advice: If you ever stumble onto a serial killer's personal records of his crimes, turn them over to the police. Don't keep them in your home and stay up late examining them night after night.Ellison Oswalt might have saved himself a lot of trouble had he done that. But then, if you're buying a ticket to Sinister, you've come to get the wits scared out of you. And reasonable behavior just isn't on the menu for characters in this genre.The title Sinister should tell you what you … [Read more...]

The Top 25 Horror Movies of All Time!

Image has just posted their list of the Top 25 Horror Movies.I participated in the vote, and I'm pleased with the results (although I now have to update my Netflix queue with those titles I haven't seen).You might ask, "What in the world are these people thinking, recommending horror movies?! I thought that Image was a journal of Christian thought on the arts and religion!" … [Read more...]

Comparing Robert Bresson and Flannery O’Connor

The new issue of Senses of Cinema sounds is a feast of thought-provoking essays.Not only does it have a feature on the long, slow emergence of Blade Runner as a classic, but it features four essays on Robert Bresson... including one that asks us to consider the correlation of Bresson's filmmaking and Flannery O'Connor's writing. They express their faith through images and characters and styles that only seem faithless and without reverence. Initially, in O’Connor especially, this comes off a … [Read more...]

Hostel takeover: "Horror pornography" tops the box office, defeats Aslan

(Thanks to Peter T. Chattaway for noting this so quickly.)A movie that gives audiences the opportunity to watch human beings tortured, decapitated, having their throats cut, their heads smashed in, parts of their body chopped up and thrown in a furnace, shot point blank, their eyes dangling from their sockets and eventually cut (to relieve the pain), poked full of holes with a drill, having digits snipped off, throwing themselves in front of trains, having their chest cavities opened for … [Read more...]


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