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Still from SECONDS (1966) March 15

John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS (1966), starring Rock Hudson

What would happen if you were “reborn” as your ideal self? Ahead of its time, John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS (1966) gives a frightening answer to this question.

Theatrical Poster for LIVING AMONG US (2018) January 25

Indie Film Review: Vampire Mockumentary “Living Among Us” (2018)

Living Among Us (2018) is the second feature-length horror movie by indie writer/director/producer Brian A. Metcalf (The Lost Tree, 2016). It’s a competent production. The film boasts a cast that includes Esmé Bianco (Game of Thrones, 2011-3), James Russo (Donnie Brasco, 1997), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, 1994), and the late John Heard (Home Alone, 1990). Yet, its story is familiar and weak, as is its POV video aesthetic. Its production design and acting also could have been better, even given the limitations of its low budget. The film’s negative aspects outweigh the positives, especially for the seasoned horror fan.

Still from INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018) January 10

INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018): The Last Flight of the Insidious Express

The source of evil in this film is as interesting as its personification in demonic form.

Matt Dillon in THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018) January 08

Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2018: “The House that Jack Built” (dir. Lars von Trier)

The first in a series of “coming attractions” in 2018, this post previews Lars von Trier’s next feature film, THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.

The Bride in Black from the INSIDIOUS series January 05

An “Insidious” Retrospective: Thoughts Before Seeing INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018)

The fourth installment of the “Insidious” series opened in US theaters today. For Loud Green Bird, it’s an opportunity to take a look back at the first three movies before seeing the fourth one.

December 28

Throwback Thursday: CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)

Shot in black-and-white for the drive-in and grindhouse circuit, this surrealistic, low-budget, independently produced horror movie became a cult classic decades later through repeated late-night showings on television. Its director, Herk Harvey, an experienced and award-winning industrial filmmaker, came up with the basic concept for the story while driving past an abandoned lakeside pavilion in Utah — the one that figures prominently in the film — on a business trip. Imagining the danse macabre at the film’s close, he convinced co-worker John Clifford to write a screenplay based on it. The result was “Carnival of Souls” (1962), Harvey’s first and only completed narrative fiction feature. Although consigned to relative obscurity for many years, this movie is now recognized as a genre antecedent and a stylistic precursor for well-known, unconventional films like George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” (1977).

Theatrical poster for THE BABYSITTER (2017) December 20

THE BABYSITTER (2017): Postmodern Popcorn Horror Comedy

On one level, this “Netflix original” flick seems like that proverbial “film we’ve seen before” — several times, in fact. It’s a coming-of-age-through-trial-by-fire story that’s fittingly described by cliches. On another level, but related to this one, it’s a semi-clever horror comedy. How much you’ll enjoy it depends on at what level you receive it.

Still from SHEITAN (2006) November 03

SHEITAN (2006): Multicultural French Hillbilly Horror

SHEITAN (Kim Chapiron, 2006) is a French take on the classic American hillbilly horror film, seasoned with themes and tropes from the New French Extremity.

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).