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31 Days of Halloween: The Vanishing

Although there are no monsters nor is a drop of blood shed, the original version of The Vanishing remains one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. It is relentlessly terrifying in a way that few films are. It leaves us with two questions, really, the first being what would we do if a loved one […]

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: 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 […]

Gone Girl

More than anything else, Gone Girl is about our identities: who we are, and how other people perceive us. There are two main narrative threads in the movie; the story that takes place in 2012, when Amy Elliot Dunne goes missing, and the other story is told through Amy Elliot Dunne’s diary entries. Both threads give […]

31 Days of Halloween: Strange Behavior

It seemed too good to be true. A cult horror film that starred Michael Murphy and Louise Fletcher, co-written by Bill Condon and music by Tangerine Dream! I mean, it had to be good, right? Even though the movie was filmed in New Zealand (it’s considered the first horror flick to be shot there), it’s considered an ‘Ozploitation’ […]

31 Days of Halloween: Tenebre

Just as Vertigo was Alfred Hitchcock’s most personal film and is really about Hitch as a filmmaker, the same could be said for Dario Argento’s Tenebre. Though Peter Neal, the protagonist in Tenebre (played by Anthony Franciosa), is a novelist; you can see that Argento is using Neal as a surrogate for himself. When a […]

31 Days of Halloween: Happy Birthday to Me

You simply cannot talk about the history of horror films without talking about the slasher movie. Love it or hate it, but the slasher movie is a crucial sub-genre in regards to horror cinema. Many argue about what was the first true slasher film, but most horror fans agree they reached their pinnacle in the […]