Altered States

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 an engine of radical corporeal transformation.

Black Sabbath

Mario Bava was a living embodiment of Italian genre cinema, working credited and uncredited on nearly a hundred films.

The Hellstrom Chronicle

Insects are the worst kind of people. With all the venom-pumping, eye-gouging, and cannibalism, it’s a wonder they get around to maintaining our delicate ecosystem. Dr. Nils Hellstrom, fictional entomologist, is here to tell us that they mean to kill us, or simply wait until we kill ourselves.

The Lair of the White Worm

Item 1 on my list of demands to be met before returning to regular Mass on Sundays is the canonization of Ken Russell.

Angel Dust

Angel Dust (1994) is an energetically bleak film about the terrific ease with which we surrender our minds.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Beware the autumn people. You know who you are. Curled up under a blanket each October rereading Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

School’s Out

Sébastien Marnier’s second feature may be cursed with a generic English title, but the film immediately dispels any semblance of the ordinary with one of the most attention-grabbing opening scenes in recent memory.


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.