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Review: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

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To stab and to burn from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in psychosis and in nightmare, to hate and to objectify, from this day forward, when death tears us apart… Marital bliss, Hatchet for the Honeymoon is not.

A funky combination of Psycho and American Psycho, Mario Bava’s Hatchet for the Honeymoon is further evidence of the legendary director’s brilliance. Deviating noticeably from the giallo conventions he helped establish, and pushing his own aesthetic limits by bending old and shaping new genres, Hatchet held a special place in Bava’s heart since his marriage, like the protagonists’, was falling apart during production.(read more...)

Review: House by the Cemetery (1981)

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Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery is difficult to evaluate. As the last installment in Fulci’s classic zombie quartet (preceded by Zombie, City of the Living Dead, and The Beyond), House reviews range from excellent to horrible.(read more...)

Review: The People Under the Stairs (1991)

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Three chapters define Wes Craven’s storied directorial career: the early years, the Elm Street years, and the Scream years. The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes were pivotal because they not only shoved modern horror into its current existence, but helped shape the American New Wave that emerged during the late 60s and early 70s. The Elm Street franchise revitalized slashers and revolutionized the commercial and aesthetic aspects of horror. No villain has captivated audiences the way Freddie Kreueger has.(read more...)

Review: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

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The word “leech” carries a pejorative meaning that describes anyone or anything with parasitical qualities. People or objects that “hang on” unwittingly may be known as “leeches”. Through this lens, one should view 1959’s schlock gem Attack of the Giant Leeches, which was co-produced by the Corman brothers, Roger and Gene.(read more...)

Review: The Wasp Woman (1960)

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Ahhh… the world would be so boring without Roger Corman directing movies like The Wasp Woman.(read more...)

Review: The Black Scorpion (1957)

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“Every horror you’ve seen on the screen grows pale beside the horror of The Black Scorpion,” claims one of the film’s taglines. True, schlock galore, but as a Scorpio, I was astrologically compelled to review this one.(read more...)

Review: Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and the Fall of the Slasher Film

Studying a genre is like studying a species. You learn its diversity, habits, evolution, demise, and idiosyncrasies. You learn its strengths, weaknesses, and characteristics. You learn its habitat, context, and place in the ecological, social, and historical order. Regardless of the genre, the exercise is challenging and engaging.

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film does an admirable job of surveying the genre’s breadth and commercial value, but its analysis of the genre’s aesthetic and cultural importance screams for more details, and ultimately, it becomes a victim of its own fascination. Standing in awe of the slasher film’s appeals, the film and its makers forget to fully document its hypothesis, that slasher films are complex films rich with political, historical, and aesthetic value. Thus, we’re left tantalized, but rarely convinced.(read more...)

Review: John Carpenter: Fear is Just the Beginning (2002)

John Carpenter: Fear is Just the Beginning

I’ve never been a fan of John Carpenter’s work after 1982, but I’m starting to see the light for two reasons: 1) I’m still in awe of his oeuvre from 1976-1982, a run which produced Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, and The Thing; and 2) because of what I saw and heard in the 60-minute documentary John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning(read more...)

Review: Don't Look Now (1973)

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I dreamed last night that I broke a mirror, and among the shards, I found Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 classic Don’t Look Now.

Then, the dissonance hit.

A dead daughter, drowned in an English lake. Red, red, red. Two old sisters, one blind, one not, summoning premonitions, dead, dead, dead. Restoration. A dwarf serial killer. Red, red, red. The streets and canals and buildings of Venice. A dilapidated church. Dead, dead, dead.

Donald Sutherland. Julie Christie. Tucked in an emotional blanket of fear, anger, guilt, love, and psychic curiosity.(read more...)

Review: An American Haunting (2005)

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Former U.S. President Andrew Jackson once stated he would rather face the entire British army than spend one night in the Bell house. While that’s a resounding endorsement of the Bell Witch’s creepiness, a real-life, well-documented ghost that haunted the Bell family from Red River, Tennessee between 1817 and 1821, it says nothing about the film. And believe me, Jackson wouldn’t want to face that mess either.(read more...)

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