A Woman Under the Influence

Possession movies are always predicated on bad influence. Often these influences come from an outside malicious force, one that wants to cause death and pain to an innocent person. A good example of this is William Friedkin’s The Exorcist where a little girl is possessed for no other reason than to create doubt and terror.... Continue Reading →

Fathers and Daughters

Fear is an open-ended question, and perhaps one of the essential fears of childhood is parental abandonment. Oz Perkins’s film The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015) describes both a spiritual and emotional type of abandonment. The movie begins at a girl’s Catholic school during holiday break. The atmosphere of the school is desolate, the snow of upstate... Continue Reading →

The Candy Everyone Wants

Music is a means of suggestion, a way for sensations, notes, voice and stereophonic sound to affect individual consciousness as a group. Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy uses heavy metal as a means to show how art can both divide and unify a family. The most impressive thing about this film is not the scares... Continue Reading →

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