Category: Review

DameStruck: Lisa and the Devil (1974)

While Dario Argento’s films eased me into the fun of some weird-ass Italian horror, Mario Bava is the reason I’ve stayed. Bava is more fun-loving than Argento, and certainly delights in the macabre a bit more. Almost any of his films are worth watching – I’d recommend starting […]

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Blu-ray Review

In 1916, Universal’s most successful film was Where Are My Children?, a film about birth control and abortion made by Lois Weber, a female director who just happened be the first woman elected to the Motion Picture Directors Association, whose name was routinely mentioned alongside D.W. Griffith and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Vanished (Fantasia 2018)

The Vanished is a twisty South Korean psychological thriller, a clever amalgam of classical cinematic influences – especially Diabolique—filtered through a powerful narrative about the nature of perception and guilt. The film takes place over the course of a single night, as a police team arrive at the city […]