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Lauren

Lauren Humphries-Brooks is a writer, editor, and media journalist. She holds a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from New York University, and in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. She regularly contributes to film and pop culture websites, and has written extensively on Classical Hollywood, British horror films, and the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. She currently works as a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.

DameStruck: Shadow of a Doubt (1942)

Of all the directors of his generation, Alfred Hitchcock’s films are probably the most widely available, both on streaming and on physical media. Even his early British films are available, sometimes in less-than-stellar public domain prints. But beyond the most famous “masterpieces,” there are other, smaller films that […]

DameStruck: Touch of Evil (1958)

With the demise of FilmStruck (which I still hold out desperate hope will be resurrected), there has been an awful lot of talk about how cinephiles and your regular film fan now have no place to go for all their classic and art house needs. While it’s true […]

The Little Stranger (2018)

The atmospheric horror film tends to get shorter shrift from fans of horror than its more blood-thirsty brothers and sisters. It’s more understated, more psychological, more interested in establishing a sense of horror than in actually showing horrific things. Lenny Abramson’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’s Gothic novel The […]

Madeline’s Madeline (Fantasia 2018)

Josephine Decker’s beautiful Madeline’s Madeline shows at Fantasia 2018 this week, and once again I am at a loss of how to describe it with justice. Told primarily from the close perspective of its main character, it’s both narrative and experimental, a dive into the complicated psyche of […]

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Fantasia 2018)

One of the opening scenes of Issa Lopez’s magical realist fabula Tigers Are Not Afraid depicts a group of Mexican schoolchildren discussing with their teacher the elements of a fairy tale. After they go through the litany – princesses and princes, castles, magic, tigers, three wishes – the […]

Number 37 (Fantasia 2018)

We toss the phrase “Hitchcockian thriller” around an awful lot. It’s become standard term for any thriller that uses clever plot devices, claustrophobic locations, or techniques that vaguely resemble something Hitchcock tried. But for once, there is a film that actually deserves the comparison. Nosipho Dumisa’s Number 37 […]