Horror

Dark Touch

Dark Touch

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marina de Van is perhaps best known for her debut feature In My Skin (aka Dans ma Peau, 2002), which was a precursor to the brief wave of French horror films that saw filmmakers like Alexandre Aja, Xavier Gens and Pascal Laugier come to international attention with brutal, graphic films that pushed the boundaries of on-screen […]

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before a potential audience member even has a chance to think about it, the title Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D conjures a host of concepts and impressions. Dario Argento is a legendary horror filmmaker, but his recent output has been weak. In particular the long-awaited conclusion to his “Three Mothers” trilogy, Mother of Tears, was a […]

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+1 (Plus One)

+1 (Plus One)

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Director Dennis Iliadis shocked horror audiences with his work on the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s classic The Last House on the Left, mostly because despite virtually everyone agreeing that this was a film that absolutely did not need a remake, the remake itself was actually considerably better than it should/could have been. Iliadis had only […]

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You’re Next

You’re Next

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adam Wingard’s You’re Next was a huge hit on the festival circuit in 2011 when it was picked up for distribution for Lionsgate, who promptly confused hardcore horror fans anxiously awaiting the film by announcing an August 2013 release date. As far as inexplicable movie studio maneuvers go, this is about as confounding as they […]

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Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kimberly Peirce’s filmic adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel, Carrie, had a lot to live up to. After all, not only is the novel immensely popular, but Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation is held by many including myself to be a classic of horror cinema. And in some respects, Peirce’s adaptation indeed succeeded admirably. […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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Birth of the Dead

Birth of the Dead

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The pop culture obsession with zombies shows no signs of abating, with The Walking Dead currently shambling through its fourth season and somebody, somewhere still trying to get an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground, to say nothing of the never-ending stream of low-budget direct-to-disc films clogging up Redboxes and VOD […]

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Grabbers

Grabbers

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s impossible for me to adequately describe the charm of Grabbers (2012) without likening it to Whisky Galore (1949), Local Hero (1983), The Matchmaker (1997), or Waking Ned Devine (1998), all of which succeed in large part due to the profound sense of community the filmmakers manage to impart. Like those films, Grabbers is set […]

Byzantium

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Byzantium

| October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Halloween nights are generally accepted as a splendid time to pop in a nice horror film, sit back with some candy, and enjoy the fright fest. So that is what I did, choosing Byzantium (2012) as my nights attraction. The moment I finished the final minutes of Byzantium I relished in amusement; the feeling that the […]

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Maniac

Maniac

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Alexandre Aja’s transition to the American film industry has been a strange one, mostly due to its relative success. While fellow French directors were brought to the States and foundered (Malefique‘s Eric Valette adapting Takashi Miike’s One Missed Call, for example), Aja seemed to take to remakes surprisingly well. His first English-language film, The Hills […]