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“The Shining”: Stephen King v. Stanley Kubrick v. Conspiracy Theorists

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Although I’m not the biggest horror fan, recently I decided to give Stephen King’s The Shining a whirl. And hey, it’s been years since I’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s movie so why not check it out for a … Continue reading

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Listing Movies: Horror Since 1980

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: David Edelstein and Bilge Ebiri discuss their fave horror films since 1980 here. It’s a pretty good list. But since such lists seem intended to inspire competing lists, I’ve included my own below. 1. Audition (Miike, … Continue reading

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Horror Movie Posters

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Nosferatu. Does this word not sound like the deathbird calling your name at midnight? Beware you never say it — for then the pictures of life will fade to shadows, and haunting dreams will climb forth from … Continue reading

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“Cropsey”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This DIY documentary about a rash of child disappearances in ’80s Staten Island and the man widely believed to be responsible for it is an interesting blend of investigative reporting, urban exploration, and pop-inflected creep-out. Filmmakers … Continue reading

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“Straw Dogs” (2011)

Paleo Retiree writes: I was a little wary about watching Rod Lurie’s remake of “Straw Dogs.” Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 thriller is a genuine landmark — one of the most notorious, controversial films in movie history, and for plenty of good … Continue reading

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“The Hands of Orlac”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Directed by Robert Wiene, the 1924 “The Hands of Orlac” takes the psychological emphasis of Wiene’s “Caligari” and gives it an undertow of pained Germanic romanticism (among other things, it’s a fever dream of emasculation). Conrad … Continue reading

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“The Living Skeleton”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This seaside spook-fest from 1968 shows what can be done with a few good images and a flair for sustained moods. The screenplay, by Kyuzo Kobayashi and Kikuma Shimoiizaka, has something to do with a gang of modern-day pirates, … Continue reading

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“The Ghoul”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Starring Boris Karloff and featuring a plot derived from “The Cat and the Canary,” this British Gaumont production seems like an attempt to mimic the success of Universal’s monster series. It’s only half-way successful. Karloff’s ghoul, … Continue reading

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Blowing Up the Fantasy Bubble: A Review of Kirk Hammett’s “Too Much Horror Business” (and More)

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the best gifts I received this past Christmas: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s book covering his extensive horror collection. It’s called “Too Much Horror Business” (after a song by New Jersey punk band The Misfits), … Continue reading

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Lesser Dante is still Dante

Sax von Stroheim writes: The Hole (Joe Dante, 2009) I watched this in 2D off of Netflix streaming, but it seems like it would have been a fun thing to see in 3D at the movies. Flattened out, it’s enjoyable enough, … Continue reading

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