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April 17, 2022

Examining Mitchell Lichtenstein’s Teeth

Teeth is one nasty piece of work. It has some of the trappings of a horror-comedy but it gets pretty rough. The premise is simple enough, […]
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January 23, 2022

The Mask: A Kinda Jungian Horror Thingy

The Mask was made in 1961 the year that Carl Jung died. There are four writers credited for the story that The Mask was based on: Franklin Delessert, […]
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January 9, 2022

The Pathological Ravings of Masumura’s Blind Beast

    I don’t know what I can say or what anyone can say about Yasuzô Masumura’s movie Blind Beast except that it is pathological. I don’t know […]
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January 2, 2022

Red Paint, Entitlement AndChocolate Cake = Criminally Insane

Criminally Insane has that special grindhouse funk that makes you want to take a shower when it’s over. It’s an odiferous melange of low budget, in […]
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December 23, 2021

The Sympathetic Vibrations Of Candyman

   If you press hard on a piano key it will not only sound the string connected to the key but it will vibrate a […]
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December 19, 2021

Silent Night Deadly Night And The Rise Of The Surveillance State

Silent Night Deadly Night is a mean-spirited film that revels in its own bitter nastiness. For someone who has had to endure 53 Christmases, It’s a […]
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November 17, 2021

Favorite Scenes №25: The Thing

The Thing was finally released in 1982 after eight messy years of machinations. It was directed by John Carpenter and written and rewritten by Bill Lancaster. […]
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November 11, 2021

Wild Zero: A Cross Cultural Meat Grinder

In 1954 Godzilla lumbered out of the ocean to deliver the message that the coming nuclear age would bring terrifying consequences, but Japan had already suffered […]
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November 10, 2021

Feminist Themes In Frankenhooker

Frankenhooker, written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, fits easily into the is a 1980’s counter culture horror genre. It shares stylistic and thematic material with films […]
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November 9, 2021

Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer

In 2017 Yorgos Lanthimos released his remarkable film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Everything about its look and feel is unusual. The pacing, the compositions, […]
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November 8, 2021

Self Awareness in Rear Window vs. The Tenant

Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and Roman Polanski's The Tenant are both films about observing and being observed. Rear Window was released in 1954 and The Tenant was released two decades later in 1976. […]
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November 8, 2021

The Manipulation of Sympathy in Parasite and Us.

​In his movie Psycho, Hitchcock famously had Marion Crane, played by the movie’s biggest star Janet Leigh, murdered in the first third of the film. The audience […]
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November 5, 2021

You Will Never Ever See Another Film Like The Boxer’s Omen, Never.

​About a month ago I ordered a bluray from what I can only imagine was a pirate. I paid twelve bucks for a disc that contained […]
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November 4, 2021

The Subjective Depiction of The Subjective In Robert Altman’s Film Images

Robert Altman’s 1972 film Images enhances the idea of the subjective camera by compounding it. He creates an unstable space where not only the character’s perceptions are […]
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November 4, 2021

Todd Haynes’ Horror Movie Safe

​I saw Safe in the theater when it first came out in 1995. I remember it well because when the film ended I could hardly move. I […]
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November 3, 2021

A Comparison of Three Films Entitled Maniac

​The first of the three films entitled Maniac was made in 1937, the second came out 46 years later in 1980, and 33 years after that a […]
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November 2, 2021

Favorite Scenes №19: Pan’s Labyrinth

Guillermo Del Toro made Pan’s Labyrinth in 2006. It was a thickly layered film with several themes running through it simultaneously, each enriching the other. There is […]
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November 2, 2021

Lukas Feigefeld's Hagazussa

Hagazussa, directed by Lukas Feigefeld in 2017, immediately distinguishes itself through its formal choices. There is minimal dialogue. The music is mostly just stretches of […]
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October 30, 2021

Favorite Scenes №16: Poltergeist

Tobe Hooper made Poltergeist in 1982. It’s an uneven film that is more entertaining than it is artful, but the choice to cast Zelda Rubinstein as the […]
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October 25, 2021

Revenge of Mechagodzilla: Thoughts on Kaiju Symbolism

The legacy of Godzilla began in 1954. The history of this still ongoing franchise has been divided into a variety of eras the first of which is […]
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October 22, 2021

Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About Parents?

I surf around on Reddit and Letterbox, I subscribe to Kanopy and Criterion, I’ve got Hulu and HBO, why haven’t I ever heard of Bob Balaban’s Parents? Holy Shit, it’s a kick in the teeth! A hard […]
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October 22, 2021

Favorite Scenes №8: The Witch

In 2015 Robert Eggers released his period, horror, film The Witch. As a whole, the film had its strengths and weaknesses, but the scene where […]
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October 21, 2021

The Beast With A Million Eyes

The Beast With A Million Eyes is not like your standard, 50s, sci-fi, flick despite its being made by your standard, 50s, sci-fi, flick filmmakers. Roger […]
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October 20, 2021

The Nine Demons: Black Magic Kung Fu

​The Nine Demons was directed by Cheh Chang in 1984. Chang may not be a household name in America but he is a prominent figure in […]
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