Horror

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water

| December 9, 2017

I’m not a person with that much of an affinity for the endearingly shoddy B-pictures of the Cold War era, but I completely understand the appeal—it just happens to be a genre that I haven’t endowed much time to. Color me a bit surprised to see that The Shape of Water, being an awards frontrunner […]

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Silent Night, Deadly Night: Collector’s Edition

Silent Night, Deadly Night: Collector’s Edition

| December 2, 2017

Horror fans know the history of Silent Night, Deadly Night all-too-well. It’s the stuff of legend, signifying how spectacularly detached our horror hound interests often can be from dominant social values. This is because, in 1984, this low budget Christmas-themed slasher became the center of controversy, stirring critics and parent groups into an uproar over […]

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George Romero Between Night and Dawn

George Romero Between Night and Dawn

| November 21, 2017

George A. Romero will undoubtedly always be best remembered as the director of Night of the Living Dead, one of the most influential horror films of the 20th century. Romero and his collaborators all but created the modern concept of the zombie in horror film, and his continuation of the “Dead” series with Dawn of […]

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Misery: Collector’s Edition

Misery: Collector’s Edition

| November 17, 2017

Film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have historically been a pretty mixed bag. At their worst, they range from comically bad to simply dull. But at their best, Stephen King adaptations account for some of cinema’s most beloved masterpieces. You’ll find no shortage of folks who heap praise on Frank Darabont’s adaptations of The Shawshank […]

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2 New to Blu: Satan’s Cheerleaders & Ruby

2 New to Blu: Satan’s Cheerleaders & Ruby

| November 17, 2017

Two cult horror films from 1977, Greydon Clark’s Satan’s Cheerleaders and Curtis Harrington’s Ruby, saw dual format Blu-ray/DVD releases from VCI Entertainment this fall. Now, these two titles are sold separately, yes. However, both happened to come into my possession at the exact same time and I tell you, Satan’s Cheerleaders and Ruby make all-too-much […]

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J.D.’s Revenge

J.D.’s Revenge

| November 15, 2017

Blaxploitation cinema’s emphasis on the social issues facing African American communities in the 1970’s found filmmakers working in the movement predominantly producing action films, dramas, and even a fair number of comedic films. The reasons Blaxploitation filmmakers worked primarily in those genres are numerous, not the least of which are budgetary restraints and the tendency […]

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The Snowman

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The Snowman

| November 7, 2017

People often ask me why I see movies when I know that they’ll be bad, and the reasons are plentiful enough if not entirely possible to get behind. The biggest rationales for seeing pulsating chunks of bloody cinematic afterbirth usually fall back on the fact that I a.) like going to the movies regardless, b.) […]

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mother!

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mother!

| November 7, 2017

Going into mother!, I was curious as to how accessible it would be. After Black Swan raised Darren Aronofsky’s clout to its peak, his work finally penetrated the zeitgeist. It was with Noah in 2014 that he went into mainstream filmmaking, to which his success he achieved and gratitude he received was admittedly underwhelming. Three and a half years later, his […]

It

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It

| November 6, 2017

I don’t know how I managed to go over five weeks without seeing a movie that proved itself to a cultural phenomenon, but alas, it happened. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to see it since I truly did, but hey, I finally saw it, and I can’t say that I see what everyone fell […]

2 New on Blu: The Vampire’s Ghost & Return of the Ape Man

2 New on Blu: The Vampire’s Ghost & Return of the Ape Man

| October 31, 2017

One thing I love about Chicago’s own Olive Films is the company’s dedication to the obscure, particularly where their horror releases are concerned, which is my #1 preoccupation. Though they’ve certainly put out some more mainstream films like Cujo (1983) and The Monster Squad (1987), I’m always far more excited to see them showing some […]

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