Punctured Life

A place where no actual blood was spilled—at least to my knowledge—my grandmother’s house proved strangely—even sagely—sanguinary as it pertained to an important development in my life.

The Velvet Vampire

It was Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957) that inspired Stephanie Rothman to make movies. She studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California, became the first woman to be awarded a Directors Guild of America fellowship, and went on to work as a valued assistant for exploitation titan Roger Corman (also, as it happens, a big Bergman fan).


Of all the myriad films titled Thirst, Rod Hardy’s 1979 feature stands out as a multi-genre wonder, a horror/sci-fi hybrid with a dash of action and the fluidity of a soap opera.