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(Pete Ohs, USA, 2022)

BY LAURA KERN  |  January 13, 2023

A stalker situation gone berserk; a cursed trailer home situated in the flat vastness of chilly, rural New Mexico; a provocative, post-coital admission of murder: Jethica would seem equipped for full-blooded horror if its wider ambitions weren’t so clearly apparent.

GUIDE | MODERN SLAYERS

(Bruce McDonald, Canada, 2008)

BY TOM PHELAN  |  January 3, 2023

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was: “What?” This syllable, spoken by Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie), shock jock in decline, is in response to an encounter at a traffic light as he’s driving to work in the spiffy opening to Pontypool

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BY VIOLET LUCCA  |  October 31, 2021

ARTICLE | FIRST BLOOD

Monster Hunting

In a pre-VHS world, BBC2’s Horror Double Bills paved the way for cherished father-bonding and a lifelong love of the creepy unknown.

One of the earliest memories I have is of my father pointing over to an abandoned rowboat in Dublin’s River Tolka and quite matter-of-factly stating that “a monster lives in there.”

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BY GLENN McQUAID  |  October 31, 2021

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Tangerine Dream’s The Keep

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BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO  |  October 31, 2021

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Fatal Pulse

(Damon Packard, USA, 2018)

The TV is always on in Fatal Pulse. Set in 1991, the underground horror legend Damon Packard’s latest film is drenched in pinkish-bluish gel lighting, a movie-world glow enveloping all in its path—especially antihero Trent Dupont...

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BY CHLOE LIZOTTE  |  October 31, 2021

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(David Cronenberg, USA, 1986)

It’s an unfortunate fact of life: even super-smart women sometimes end up with terrible boyfriends. This, along with a very different tragic, universal reality—everyone’s body radically changes and deteriorates with illness...

BY VIOLET LUCCA  |  October 31, 2022

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(Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands/Belgium, 2021)

From its opening image of ocean waves stuttering slowly behind a sheet of steely rain to its final vista of human detritus turned into cosmic junk, Nr. 10 seems determined above all to enter and exit every scene in medias res.

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  December 9, 2022

ARTICLE | ESSAY
The Harbinger, the latest of Andy Mitton’s exquisitely heady—and horrifying—otherworldly explorations, is the only quarantine film we need.

High-concept, no-frills horror is writer-director-editor-composer Andy Mitton’s modus operandi. While his four features (the first two co-directed with Jesse Holland) address...

BY LAURA KERN  |  December 5, 2022

ARTICLE | ESSAY
The cannibalistic Bones and All fortifies, and darkens, Luca Guadagnino’s habitual seductive scenarios, in which heightened stylistics often cloud sexuality.

Bones and All—Luca Guadagnino’s latest monument to ill-fated love, based on the 2016 young-adult novel by Camille DeAngelis—begins with a slice of the quotidian...

BY KELLI WESTON  |  November 23, 2022

ARTICLE | FIRST BLOOD
From a pool of strong contenders, Poltergeist emerged as the defining film of an ’80s childhood.

In 1983, JoBeth Williams appeared in the ensemble of Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, thus immortalizing herself as an avatar for white baby boomery. 

BY MICHAEL KORESKY |  September 30, 2022

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(Nikyatu Jusu, USA, 2022)

Nanny begins with Aisha (Anna Diop) asleep. Shadows, undulations, and a spreading dampness affect her bedclothes, while a spider makes an entrance just as Aisha wakes with a start. It’s as though a tiny aperture has opened...

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  November 21, 2022

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(Jack Clayton, UK, 1961)

Jack Clayton’s masterpiece of narrative ambiguity The Innocents begins with a time-honored tableau: Deborah Kerr, hands clasped devoutly, imploring a higher power to make her useful to her young wards...

BY STEVEN MEARS |  October 31, 2022

(Mark Mylod, USA, 2022)

With his cold, enigmatic handsomeness and piercing blue eyes, Ralph Fiennes was meant for villainy. His magnetic portrayal of the execrable Nazi butcher Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List first lured American audiences in, and he went on... 

BY LAURA KERN  |  November 18, 2022

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1964)

The tale of an amateur entomologist (Eiji Okada) lured by seemingly amiable rural folk into a sand pit from which he is unable to escape, Woman in the Dunes would seem to generate its particular strain of terror from our primal fear of... 

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  October 31, 2022

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GUIDE | MODERN SLAYERS
(Joel Anderson, Australia, 2008)

It’s both a mystery and a shame that Joel Anderson has directed only one feature, emerging out of nowhere to unleash a film that has slowly gained cult status, only to pretty much disappear from the movie world.

BY RUFUS DE RHAM  |  October 31, 2022

GUIDE | ORIGINS
(Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hamer, UK, 1945)

Legendary Amicus anthologies like Freddie Francis’s Tales from the Crypt (not to mention TV shows like The Twilight Zone, adopting the same style) owe everything to Dead of Night...

BY LAURA KERN  |  October 31, 2022

REVIEW
(Ti West, USA, 2022)

This past March, X, Ti West’s gleefully raunchy hybrid of two late-’70s subgenres (farmhouse horror and farmer’s-daughter porn), overachieved in four meaningful ways. It balanced lurid camp with authentic human...

BY STEVEN MEARS |  September 19, 2022

INTERVIEW
Tooth fairy: the director of Earwig discusses her distinctive treatment of adolescence, narrative, and silence.

Lucile Hadžihalilović has an exquisite talent for exploring the unique, manic hells that flow forth from helicopter parenting.

BY VIOLET LUCCA  |  August 12, 2022

The director’s latest film, Flux Gourmet, further amplifies his wonderfully obsessive attention to the aural experience

One need only watch a few moments of Peter Strickland’s films to realize that the British-born, Hungary-based director is a stickler for detail. 

BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO |  June 24, 2022

ARTICLE | FEAR FRANCHISES
After four canonical films and two offshoots, the indomitable series returns to glory with Prey.

Of the many recurring horror villains, Freddy Krueger is famously distinguished by his crispy face and razor claws, Jason Voorhees by his hockey mask and machete, and Leatherface...

BY LAURA KERN  |  August 17, 2022