September 25

mother! (2017): men behaving badly (Part I)

In the end, mother! clings to convention in a story that’s couched in a guise of aesthetic edginess.

September 08

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part II)

King builds a rich interior world for even the most peripheral characters, and creates perhaps his most fully realized, richly satisfying work ever.

September 07

Stephen King’s “It” and the Persistence of Memory (Part I)

Reading this novel always rekindles a connection with my own childhood naïveté (something I haven’t necessarily shaken).

August 28

“Burial Ground” (1981): Don’t Disturb the Dead

In a low-down and perverse way, it’s still fun to watch.

Created from footage from THE WOMAN (2011) August 24

Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN (2011)

As the title character in THE WOMAN (2011), Pollyanna McIntosh is a finger-chomping, scowling badass, and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting characters in modern horror.

August 18

When There’s No More Room in Stockholm: “Berlin Syndrome” (2017)

When contrasted against last year’s similarly-themed (but far more original) Pet, Berlin Syndrome seems especially disappointing.

Still of "Calvin" from LIFE (2017) August 14

LIFE (2017): A Competent but Not Too Lively Sci-Fi / Horror Thriller

Billed as a sci-fi/horror film, Life (2017, dir. Daniel Espinosa) is more accurately a semi-lame thriller based on the familiar sci-fi trope of contamination by an alien species.

Still from FUNNY GAMES (2007) August 10

“Post-Horror” or Just More “FUNNY GAMES”? (Part 2 of 2)

In this second part of a two-part article, I focus on the film(s) that I introduced at the end of the first part: Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES (1997 / 2007).

August 09

The Emptiness of “The Void” (2016)

Distanced from Astron-6’s darkly funny aesthetic, it becomes just another genre flick defined by its borrowed parts.

August 02

“The Entity” (1982): Misogyny and the Paranormal

It is no mistake that a great deal of the horror genre revolves around the victimization, rebellion and eventual liberation of women.