STREAMING PILE

A reanimated column originally published on Film Comment’s website “dedicated, though not exclusively, to the seedier side of VOD.” 
ARTICLE | STREAMING PILE

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—one that, as its tagline stated, was…

ARTICLE | SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE
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 | SOUNDS OF VIOLENCE
Tangerine Dream’s synth score dynamically guides Michael Mann’s only foray into horror-fantasy, The Keep.

Within Michael Mann’s oeuvre of slick urban crime dramas and thrillers, his lone horror-fantasy film The Keep is an overlooked outlier, virtually ignored since its initial release in 1983.

BY MARGARET BARTON-FUMO |  October 31, 2021

REVIEW
(Sean King O'Grady, USA, 2021)

In late 2001, my girlfriend and I moved from New York to Austin, Texas. We had some friends who’d recently gone down there and we’d never been away from New York. We knew a lot—especially in those months following September of that year—but we didn’t know tornadoes.

BY WILLIAM BOYLE  |  October 31, 2021

REVIEW

Arrebato (Rapture)

(Iván Zulueta, Spain, 1979)

Birthed during the cultural thaw that immediately followed the end of the Franco dictatorship, Basque writer-director and designer Iván Zulueta's 1979 feature Arrebato erupts like a massive discharge of so much repressed anxiety and despair.

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BY  LAURA KERN  |  Month 00, 2021

GUIDE | MODERN SLAYERS

Beast

(Michael Pearce, UK, 2017)

Beast is a lot of movies in one package - fractured fairy tale, belated-coming-of-age story, psychological drama, regional horror film - but above all it's a calling card for its leading lady, Jessie Buckley.

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BY  STEVEN MEARS  |  Month 00, 2021

REVIEW

Humongous

(Paul Lynch, USA, 1982)

In what could be the fastest-resulting rape revenge movie, a drunken lout brutally forces himself on Ida, the young woman who doesn't return his affections, during a party over Labor Day.

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BY  LAURA KERN  |  Month 00, 2021

GUIDE | MODERN SLAYERS

Beast

(Michael Pearce, UK, 2017)

Beast is a lot of movies in one package - fractured fairy tale, belated-coming-of-age story, psychological drama, regional horror film - but above all it's a calling card for its leading lady, Jessie Buckley.

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BY  STEVEN MEARS  |  Month 00, 2021