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Lifechanger Movie Review

Jan 09, 2019 No Comments by

The history of horror is chock full of stories of good people who, by poor judgment or just bad luck, become monsters. The Wolfman (1941), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932), and The Fly (1958 and 1986) are just a few examples. They all deliver scares, but each protagonist’s struggle to hold onto his humanity […]

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MonsterKids: The Impact of Things That Go Bump in the Night Movie Review

Jul 16, 2018 No Comments by

MonsterKids, winner of the 2018 Rondo Award for Best Documentary, is like the perfect dinner guest. It brings a spirit of fun, tells great stories, and doesn’t overstay its welcome.  Director James-Michael Roddy embodies all of these qualities while offering up a breezy valentine to a moment in the history of horror when the cosmic […]

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78/52 Movie Review

Nov 15, 2017 1 Comment by

The shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is widely regarded as one of the landmark achievements not just of the horror genre, but world cinema. Alexandre O. Philippe’s newly released documentary derives its title from the 78 camera setups and 52 edits that Alfred Hitchcock and his crew used to create it. To flesh out […]

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Torment Movie Review

Sep 05, 2017 2 Comments by

We are introduced to Jane, the central character of Torment, as she sits on her sofa intently watching the opening sequence from Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Her husband John comes home from work. When he asks what she’s doing, she tells him, “It’s so beautiful. So relentlessly sad.” That last sentence is a […]

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10 Horror Movie Scenes that will Haunt Your Halloween Memories

Oct 18, 2016 No Comments by

Every Halloween the internet is flooded by a tsunami of horror-themed list making. Best films, best candy, best costumes, etc. In the holiday spirit, I offer a somewhat different list. Here are 10 horror movie scenes that, for widely varying reasons, have stayed with me. Although some of these films are classics, in no way […]

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Don’t You Recognise Me? Movie Review

Aug 08, 2016 3 Comments by

On the surface Don’t You Recognise Me? looks like just another entry in the horror subgenre known as Torture Porn. And while there’s blood and brutality in abundance, director Jason Figgis puts a different spin on things by offering more of a mixed-results psycho drama where the torturer suffers more than his victims. Documentary filmmaker […]

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