INTERVIEW

The versatile actress talks about her transformative collaboration with Mike Flanagan, working with her life partner Sebastián Gutiérrez, character-building, and hauntings.

BY KELLI WESTON  |  May 9, 2024

Though she’s not generally counted among the canon of horror’s distinguished performers, perhaps none can boast a more sprawling and diverse corpus than Carla Gugino.

ARTICLE | ESSAY

Walpurgis Night and the spell cast by 1960’s The City of the Dead.

BY COLIN FLEMING  |  April 30, 2024

Just about everyone loves Halloween—and if someone tells you they don’t, you might wish to keep your distance—but few people are aware of the spring’s variant on All Hallow’s Eve. That would be Walpurgis Night…

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INTERVIEW

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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

REVIEW

Tangerine Dream’s The Keep

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BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO  |  October 31, 2021

REVIEW

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

REVIEW
(Larry Fessenden, USA, 2023)

The premise, like the ambient air of fatalism, owes as much to film noir as it does horror. A man wakes in a place he can’t remember arriving at, his body bearing the ravages of some...

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  April 15, 2024

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(Ken Russell, USA, 1980)

Adapted by Network scenarist Paddy Chayefsky from his only novel, Altered States (1980) is an unusual work of mainstream psychedelic science fiction, one that posits the unfettered mind as... 

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  April 15, 2024

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(Mario Bava, France/Italy, 1963)

Mario Bava was a living embodiment of Italian genre cinema, working credited and uncredited on nearly a hundred films. He was a cinematographer, a special-effects artist...

BY LAURA WYNNE  |  April 5, 2024

GUIDE | CORE HORROR
(Mario Bava, Italy/Spain, 1965)

Planet of the Vampires is a film you haven’t seen at all if you haven’t seen it in the wee hours, with the lights off, and its hypnotic sound turned way up.

BY TOM PHELAN  |  April 5, 2024

REVIEW
(Sam H. Freeman & Ng Choon Ping, UK, 2023)

Done right, a movie can conjure feelings you typically wouldn’t have—or, in the case of many dark genre works, ones you absolutely don’t want. The powerhouse Femme brings out...

BY LAURA KERN  |  March 29, 2024

GUIDE | MODERN SLAYERS
(Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza, Spain, 2007)

Seen from the vantage point of the present, any film with the barest hint of a quarantine narrative can only remind its audience of the COVID pandemic.

BY NICHOLAS RUSSELL  |  March 22, 2024

GUIDE | UNEARTHED
(Koji Shiraishi, Japan, 2005)

When Noroi: The Curse was released in Japan in 2005, it quickly became a word-of-mouth must-see, deemed one of the scariest found-footage films ever made.

BY RUFUS DE RHAM  |  March 22, 2024

REVIEW
(Cameron & Colin Cairnes, Australia/United Arab Emirates, 2023)

Drawing inspiration from the special bleary-eyed ambiance of vintage witching-hour television, this found-footage curio from Australia’s fraternal writing/directing duo…

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  March 22, 2024

REVIEW
(Thomas Cailley, France/Belgium, 2023)

With their numbing sameness, dystopian or end-of-world movie scenarios tend to grow tiresome, and even intolerable now that we have a four-year reference point for how true to life that stasis can be.

BY LAURA KERN  |  March 15, 2024

MORE TO DEVOUR
    RAVENOUS
Roman Polanski’s The Tenant as a phantom trans text

There is nothing quite so destabilizing as being told again and again that you are someone you are not.

BY LAURA WYNNE  |  March 8, 2024

REVIEW
(Matt Vesely, Australia, 2022)

A public case of professional disgrace has driven a journalist (Lily Sullivan) to hide out at her parents’ vacant, sprawling country home. But the young woman, credited simply as “the interviewer”...

BY JOSÉ TEODORO  |  February 16, 2024

(Andrew Cumming, UK, 2022)

Clocking in at a swift 87 minutes, Andrew Cumming’s feature debut is a slick, beautiful genre piece best suited for the big screen. Partially reminiscent of Jean-Jacques Annauds Quest for Fire (1981)—another prehistoric...

BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO  |  February 9, 2024

ARTICLE | EMBODIMENTS OF EVIL
In the inaugural entry of a new column singling out enduringly creepy film characterizations, an American sweetheart cast against type emerges as one of cinema’s most unexpectedly chilling villains.

Sometimes all it takes is one sentence to demolish everything you thought you knew about a person.

BY STEVEN MEARS  |  February 7, 2024

The first edition of a reanimated column rounds up the best in this year’s horror, sci-fi, thrillers, and bloody action.

Years ago, on Film Comment’s website, I introduced a column called Streaming Pile...

BY LAURA KERN  |  December 22, 2023

GUIDE | ORIGINS
(Gunther von Fritsch & Robert Wise, USA, 1944)

At this crazy moment, when film history is caught in the grip of multiple clichés that grind on and on and on—puerile revenge...

BY KENT JONES  |  September 10, 2023