Black Sabbath

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

James Stewart in Vertigo

James Stewart looks at us menacingly

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.


Cary Grant menacingly leans over Ingrid Bergman in bed.

Uniting his powers of visual storytelling and his understanding of human foibles, Hitchcock served up a top-notch melodrama and spy thriller with Notorious.