For no apparent reason, at the start of Rubber (2010), perhaps Quentin Dupieux’s best-known film, a sheriff pops out…
It is springtime 1973, and the days are bright on a small island off the coast of Cornwall. A horticulturist (Mary Woodvine), known only as the volunteer, is the island’s sole inhabitant. Or is she?
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BY VIOLET LUCCA | October 31, 2021
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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BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO | October 31, 2021
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
A nurse leads a catatonic through an expanse of moonlit cane. They pass displays of sacrificed animals before encountering the towering, shirtless, dead-eyed Black man who grants...
BY JOSÉ TEODORO | March 17, 2023
Even after the ﬁnancial success of Tim Burton’s 1985 feature debut, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Warner Bros. rejected his vision for Batman and he was left in search of a follow-up.
BY ANN OLSSON | March 17, 2023
Often considered a sacred rite of passage, pregnancy is an aspirational, much-coveted physical state for women the world over.
BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO | February 10, 2023
We go to the movies to see ghosts, whether they be the likenesses of long-gone actors, objects, or edifices, or the suggestion of specters imprinted in the gloom of otherwise benign images.
BY JOSÉ TEODORO | February 2, 2023
I’ve reached a place of acceptance where I can admit without shame that I watch scary movies between my fingers...
BY MELISSA LYDE | January 31, 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...
BY LAURA KERN | January 13, 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...
BY TOM PHELAN | January 3, 2023
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
Bones and All—Luca Guadagnino’s latest monument to ill-fated love, based on the 2016 young-adult novel by Camille DeAngelis...
BY KELLI WESTON | November 23, 2022
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...
BY VIOLET LUCCA | October 31, 2022
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
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
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
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
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