Monthly Archives: October 2014

31 Days of Halloween: Habit

Ambiguity can be very effective in a horror film, and few modern horror films push the ambiguity factor as far as writer/director/star Larry Fessenden’s 1997 indie film Habit. Shot in New York City, Habit tells the story of alcoholic artist type Sam (Fessenden) who begins a passionate relationship with a woman named Anna (Meredith Snaider) […]

31 Days of Halloween: Prom Night

     The opening sequence of Prom Night is actually pretty creepy. Four children are playing a game called “killer” in an abandoned building, scurrying and giggling from room to room. A young girl, who wandered off from her older brother and sister, walks into the game, and the four children taunt and terrify her […]

31 Days of Halloween: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

This film is Francis Ford Coppola’s blood-soaked love letter to the horror films of yesteryear. It is as gorgeous and as visually amazing as a silent film, but filled to the brim with flesh, gore and guts. Oh, and blood, lots and lots of blood. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is so impressive to look at, in […]

31 Days of Halloween: Psycho

      Psycho is one of those landmark films, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, 8 1/2 or Casablanca, where so much has been written about it over the years that you kind of wonder what you could possibly add to the conversation. Hitchcock’s last movie to be shot in black and white, Psycho spawned three […]

31 Days of Halloween: Pin

The two young children, Leon and Ursula, live in a large, cold and sterile house; dominated by a mother obsessed with cleanliness and a father fixated with order and structure. The father, a doctor in town, has an anatomical dummy in his office named Pin. The doctor, using his ventriloquism skills, has conversations with Pin in […]

31 Days of Halloween: Street Trash

     Street Trash is as filthy, nasty, grimy and offensive as the title and poster suggest. It is also outrageous, gross and perfect midnight movie fare. It occupies the same sub-genre as Q: The Winged Serpent and Basket Case: grungy and dirty horror/comedy hybrids filmed in NYC in the eighties. These films occupy a time […]

The Boxtrolls

Laika Entertainment may prove, someday soon, to be the movie studio best suited to knock Pixar off their throne as purveyor of the highest quality animated fare. Owned by Phil Knight and located in Hillsboro, Oregon, Laika has already produced two well-received animated films: Coraline and ParaNorman, and they’re already hard at work on their fourth feature. […]