Corpus delicti

What does it mean to be a conventional horror movie? When terror and fear are the subjects, then any movie could truly be a horror. All The President’s Men is a horror movie about the goliath of the president running amok, a true serial killer. A Few Good Men is a horror movie about group... Continue Reading →

Bound

Every child’s story is how they bury their parents. Whether with a spade full of dirt or years on the psychologist’s couch, growing up means the acknowledgement of who we were with our parents and who we are now. Jessie (Carla Gugino), the heroine of Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game... Continue Reading →

Pit Happens

Hillbilly horror stories aren’t new. Culturally we place our collective fears on the outposts or wild places of the world. Films like Deliverance, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Wrong Turn, and a million other horror or horror adjacent movies work within this conceit. Chad Crawford Kinkle's Jug Face (2013) operates in an in-between... Continue Reading →

Mythic Love

We live in a post-romance era, when sentiment or lust is mistaken for the sensations of the heart. Yet co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s Spring describes a love and a movie for the ages. Horror is not a genre one thinks of when considering great love stories and yet that’s what the directors bring... Continue Reading →

The Texas Chainsaw Tribute

Death in the cinematic universe of Tobe Hooper is seldom mundane. People meet their end via meathooks, chainsaws, a soul sucking alien succubus, and homicidal aligator. The departure of Tobe Hooper last week at the age of  seventy-four was not mundane either, it came as a surprise as death always does when an artist universally... Continue Reading →

What Strange Eyes You Have Mother

Cinema heightens and emphasizes, so that in the right hands it can transform the brutality of a death into an object of art. However, the medium still has to uphold the aesthetic precision of formal art. For every pastel rich portrait of murder like Dario Argento’s Suspiria, there are clumsily shot and purposeless gruesome films,... Continue Reading →

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