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Rich Dishman

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Review: Sisters (1973)

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Sisters is a pulpy, Hitchcockian first excursion into the subjects of voyeurism and sexual horror by then unknown director Brian DePalma. Released midway through the period (1968 - 1978) that I consider to be the golden age of the modern American horror film, it does not share the rarified air of classics like Night of the Living Dead or Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But Sisters has enough of its own creative juice to make it very much worth a look.(read more...)

Review: Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)

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Perhaps our shiny new century's first significant horror trend was sparked by the cult success of a Japanese film entitled Ringu. Its decidedly non-conventional approach seemed to hit a new and different horror nerve. When the Americanized remake (2002's The Ring) became a colossal international hit a surge of interest in East Asian horror films ensued, allowing US audiences to sample their diverse and fascinating output. The subject of this review, Ju-on: The Grudge, presents a modern ghost story that dispenses almost completely with certain horror elements codified in the US while focusing on others with laser like intensity. This mixture creates a film that is a stylistic breath of fresh air that also happens to be one creepy experience. (read more...)

Review: Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night (1945)

Ealing Studios' 1945 production of Dead of Night is a landmark film on two different levels. Its overall high quality, mind-bending wraparound story, and one legendary sequence solidify Dead of Night's reputation as one of the greatest examples of the horror anthology. Of equal significance, the film provides links to the future by introducing elements that foreshadow genre movies made many years later.(read more...)

Review: Let the Right One In (2008)

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Love conquers all is a theme at least as old as Shakespeare, but in the last fifty years, it has rarely been explored in the context of horror films. Let the Right One In's singular accomplishment is that it captivates us with a fresh take on this venerable theme while simultaneously upending horror genre conventions at every turn. The memorable end result resonates long after the final credits. (read more...)

Review: The Crawling Eye (1958)

The Crawling Eye (1958) poster

The Trollenberg Terror is the title of a 1958 British-produced feature based on the six part mini series of the same name that aired in 1956/57 on English television. In what amounts to a pre-emptive spoiler, the title of the US release was changed to The Crawling Eye. (More on this unfortunate choice later). While this is not a perfect film, it possesses virtues that make it eminently watchable and elevate it above many of the other Mystery Science Theater-bound genre films of the 1950s.(read more...)

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