Still from FUNNY GAMES (1997) July 13

“Post-Horror” or Just More “Funny Games”? (Part 1)

“Post-horror” is apparently a ‘thing’ now. The thing is, it’s really nothing new.

July 11

The Secrets of “Toad Road” (2012)

In a way, the addicts of Toad Road are not unlike the religious types who seek redemption and release via unquestioning faith in an omniscient, all-powerful creator.

Still from THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016) July 10

“THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE” (2016)

I give this movie the highest praise by saying I hope they make a sequel. Hell, I really hope they make a prequel AND an origin story. And I usually hate origin stories.

Theatrical poster for LO (2009) June 29

“Lo” (2009) – a Demonic Horror Comedy from Travis Betz

Going back eight years is not much of a throwback in time. Yet writer-director Travis Betz’ “Lo” (2009) is worthy of a Throwback Thursday shout-out anyway. It’s an overlooked and undervalued film that deserves a wider audience. A genre-blending horror comedy musical with romantic drama elements, this indie picture takes a lot of chances and still succeeds.

Tim O'Kelly is the sniper in TARGETS (1968) June 22

Throwback Thursday: Peter Bogdanovich’s “Targets” (1968)

On one level, Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature film, TARGETS (1968, prod. Roger Corman) is about a shift in horror cinema. In the late 1950s, gothic/supernatural and extraterrestrial monsters started to give way to the monsters of everyday life. TARGETS is a metaphor for this change in the major source of cinematic horror.

June 21

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” (2015): A Nuanced Nightmare

The Blackcoat’s Daughter completes an unholy trinity of horror classics that are as viscerally punishing as they are challenging in their boundary-pushing intelligence.

Michelle Rodriguez in THE ASSIGNMENT (2016) June 13

“The Assignment” (2016): Walter Hill Takes Risks

The strong negative reaction to Walter Hill’s most recent directorial effort has more to do with disappointed expectations than controversial material.

Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price May 29

The Trinity of Terror: Lee, Cushing, and Price

It seems fated that horror legends Peter Cushing, Sir Christopher Lee, and Vincent Price share near the same birthdays: Cushing on May 26, and Lee and Price on May 27, even if not the same year. In the hearts and minds of most horror fans, they are three of the most important actors of the genre. All three had acting careers spanning from the 40’s to present, even after their deaths.

May 26

“Colossal” (2016): Monster Mash with Seoul

It’s a conundrum, but a consistently approachable one.

Theatrical Poster for THE EYES OF MY MOTHER (2016) May 23

Extreme Indie Horror: “The Eyes of My Mother” (2016)

“The Eyes of My Mother” (2016) combines an edgy, boundary-pushing story with painstaking attention to form and execution in filmmaking.