Re-watch Theater: EVIL DEAD (2013)

The sacred texts handed down from Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell following their cult horror trilogy, Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness, are no more tarnished following Fede Alvarez's 2013 update of the original film than if Mel Brooks produced a spoof titled "Get the Chainsaw, Idiots!" There are homages, oceans of … Continue reading Re-watch Theater: EVIL DEAD (2013)

Troubling Themes in Slasher Horror: PIECES (1982)

Within the horror genre there exists a varied range of sub-genres, which are mostly defined by their antagonist(s): zombies, vampires, werewolves, malevolent ghosts, haunted houses, gnarly creatures, and of course, slashers. The latter came to prominence in the years following the rabid success of John Carpenter's Halloween in 1978. Most people are familiar with the … Continue reading Troubling Themes in Slasher Horror: PIECES (1982)

John Carpenter’s use of space in HALLOWEEN (1978)

Director John Carpenter and cinematographer Dean Cundey shot their seminal slasher classic, Halloween, in Panavision widescreen (2.39:1), which presents a wider frame with expanded horizontal space. This type of photography is generally used on adventure epics and blockbusters that want to capture maximum space to engulf the viewer and overload your senses, but horror tends … Continue reading John Carpenter’s use of space in HALLOWEEN (1978)

Thoughts on the cinematic style of MOTHER! (2017)

*Quick note from the writer: This article was supposed to have been posted last year. Somehow it got lost in my drafts. I've re-read it and still stand by my summation. To say the least, mother! is a film you experience. Narratively speaking, the film is sparse. There really isn't a story or a defined … Continue reading Thoughts on the cinematic style of MOTHER! (2017)