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Happy Halloween, 2016: NOTES ON SUSPIRIA (Part One) – An Unhinged Reading of Dario Argento’s Masterpiece of Horror

INTRODUCTION: I skipped a year on my blog as, last year, I dedicated myself to a project of creating audio commentary for Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA. The idea was kind of an art project. The movie itself is so well known … Continue reading

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Happy Devil’s Night, 2016: A THIEF IN THE NIGHT (1972), A DISTANT THUNDER (1978), IMAGE OF THE BEAST (1981), & THE PRODIGAL PLANET (1983)

Poor Patty. She just can’t seem to accept Jesus Christ into her heart. She also can’t seem to accept the Mark of the Beast. She is a wishy-washy kind of gal, it seems, and that can only end badly. Perhaps … Continue reading

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2 More Days ’til Halloween, 2016: MONKEYS IN THE ATTIC (1974) & GROWING UP IN AMERICA (1988)

By the late 80s, it was pretty clear to most people, and especially the more “radical,” intellectual youth (yah, I’m speaking from my own experience), that the ideals and revolutionary techniques of the “hippy generation,” and the political activists associated … Continue reading

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3 More Days ’til Halloween, 2016: LITAN (1982)

I believe that a very important archetypal component of horror cinema – one of the fundamental elements left when you boil horror films down to their alchemical foundations – is the procession. Previously in this blog I’ve described the procession … Continue reading

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4 More Days ’til Halloween: ATRAPADOS aka TRAPPED (1981)

A reviewer at Fright.com, one of the few places on the internet where ATRAPADOS is even mentioned, describes it as “one of the world’s great unknown cult films, a shocking, nightmarish, mind-expanding apocalyptic parable.” The one user review for the … Continue reading

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5 More Days ’til Halloween, 2016: MEDUSA (1998)

To be honest, MEDUSA is the kind of movie I usually don’t like. In the 90s, the (relatively) popular success of Quentin Tarantino, Hal Hartley, TRAINSPOTTING, Jim Jarmusch, and so on, led to a kind of fusion of self-aware “coolness,” … Continue reading

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6 More Days ’til Halloween, 2016: SOLE SURVIVOR (1983)

Horror has often been compared to pornography for being a “specialized” genre. The basis of this comparison is that the purpose of the horror genre is to frighten – an instinctual, automatic response – just as pornography is intended to … Continue reading

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