Blackmail is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most iconic and yet lesser-seen films. Much like many of his British films, poor quality public domain versions have floated around on DVD and on the internet for years now, images grainy and soundtrack barely decipherable. Kino Lorber’s release of Blackmail on […]
The Monster is Frankenstein: ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ and Narratives of the Monstrous Other
*Note: This is an analysis, not a review. There are spoilers throughout. Horror literature and horror films are characterized by the return of the repressed. The monsters represent the horrors of discrimination, abuse, violence, and oppression; the terror is expressed by mainstream society that those they’ve repressed will […]
We know Hollywood isn’t creative. More times than not their idea of progress extends as far as taking a specific film and gender-swapping it. In the case of Andrea Berloff’s The Kitchen, an adaptation of the DC/Vertigo graphic novel of the same name, it is an entire male […]
As the film Darlin’ opens, a filthy, feral teenage girl (Lauryn Canny), identified as Darlin’ by the bracelet on her wrist, walks out of the woods accompanied by a Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh, who also directs), on her way to a hospital. Growling and frightened, she snarls at the […]
When Anton Yelchin died in 2016 his death resonated with film audiences who barely knew him. Maybe it was because he was just 27, maybe it was the tragic freak nature of his death, or maybe, as director Garret Price lays out in the awe-inspiring documentary Love, Antosha, […]
Hirotaka Adachi’s Stare opens as any good J-horror should: with an unseen evil and an explosion of blood. Stare takes the concept of a curse used to such excellent effect in Ringu and Ju-on, and transposes it to a scary story and the name of a woman “with […]
Is Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood everything you wished it would be?