Criterion Project #37: CAT PEOPLE (1942)

Cat People Spine #833 Year: 1942 Director: Jacques Tourneur After last week's article on Tokyo Story, I find myself writing about another film with a minimalist narrative yet rife with thematic material. I'd seen Cat People a couple years ago and, I'll admit, I was left partially underwhelmed. It just didn't have enough for me. … Continue reading Criterion Project #37: CAT PEOPLE (1942)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Discussion – The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

The maniacal Leatherface and his kin have been the subject of 9 films to date, with the most recent iteration debuting on Netflix this past weekend purporting to be a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's horror masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). In the days since its release, online discourse regarding the film has … Continue reading Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Discussion – The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street came about at a serendipitous time in the horror genre. The slasher boom of the late '70s and early '80s was in the ebbing phase of its lifespan, devolving into a sea of pale imitations and diluted formulas that stripped the genre of its visceral power. Gore, guts, … Continue reading Slasher Mom: The Birth of Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

One of the beautiful things about re-watching movies is the opportunity for new discovery. Re-evaluation is integral to cinema because art should be an ongoing discussion. You could be watching a film you've seen a thousand times and suddenly the lightbulb pops on - there's a new element you caught that you never thought about … Continue reading On Second Thought: Reassessing Jason in FRIDAY THE 13th PART III (1982)

Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

It's spooky season, so it's time to dust off the keyboard, crack the knuckles, and limber up my brain to talk about a little dandy for you. Shudder has served up a delicious little treat to keep you clutching your blanket on a dark, gloomy night with the horror anthology film, The Mortuary Collection. But … Continue reading Review: THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (2019) is Good Halloween Fun

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

This is it....the moment we've all been waiting for! The cream of the scream! The (dream) master of disaster! The baron of burn! My 100th post on this blog and the culmination of a months long project all coincide for one momentous occasion. I hope you're all wearing your fedoras, razor gloves, and Christmas sweaters, … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #1 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)

The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!

On Monday I promised you two kills for my penultimate post on this list and, dammit, you're getting two kills! But first, I have to admit something: this is becoming increasingly bittersweet. On the one hand I'm thrilled and excited to write about these entries at the top of the list; scenes that have awed … Continue reading The Best Horror Movie Kills of All-Time: #2 – THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) – Plus a bonus kill!