Tag Archives: Horror

Victor Frankenstein [2015]

I’ve got to be honest: it’s been so long since I read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that I can’t actually remember what happens in the novella as opposed to what’s been reconstituted in the myriad adaptations I’ve consumed since. There’s some … Continue reading

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Crimson Peak [2015]

My supervisor was an occasional advocate of “pugilistic” critical writing, where you basically take on the erroneous critic and point out where they’ve gone wrong in their wrong-headed praise/dismissal of whatever rubbish/brilliant artwork you’re talking about. In the case of Crimson … Continue reading

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It Follows [2014]

You think that you’ve seen this film. It’s the one where a pretty young woman becomes the target of a demonic force that stalks her and her friends before eventually being confronted and defeated once its secret origin is revealed. … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful [Season 1]

This slickly-produced Showtime series returns to the well of modern horror: Dracula. We get an assemblage of second-stringer horrific creations of the Victorian Era bodged together in a kind of revisionist take on the events of Bram Stoker’s novel. It’s … Continue reading

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Berberian Sound Studio [2012]

Notice: spoilers.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer [1997]

I won’t pretend to real expert knowledge on the origins of the Slasher, but it would appear to rise to prominence in the 1980s with the Friday the 13th [1980] and Halloween [1978] sequences. It is tempting to see it as a … Continue reading

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The Shadow Out of Time [1934]

Spoilers ahoy. Go read the short story, and then come back here. Trust me, just do it.

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Return to Cabin in the Woods

My first viewing of this film was one of those great cinematic experiences, where the energy of the audience created a positive feedback loop that ramped up the enjoyment on all levels. It was an argument in favour of a … Continue reading

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A Field In England [2013]

I have never walked out of a film in my adult life. There were several times during this film where I almost did. Having slogged through until the end, I can’t say I’m glad I did. I found it incoherent … Continue reading

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A stray thought on Satire

The Oscars this year stirred up a bit of controversy, specifically, the gender politics of the total presentation were apparently more than a little retrograde. I didn’t actually watch them myself, but I caught some loose strands out of the … Continue reading

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