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Burn, Witch, Burn!

June 17, 2011

 Burn, Witch, Burn!

Known originally as The Night of the Eagle in United Kingdom, Sidney Hayers’ film was retitled Burn, Witch, Burn! (1962) when it was released in the United States by American International Pictures (AIP). Based on Fritz Leiber’s 1943 novel Conjure... 

Queen of Blood

May 2, 2011

 Queen of Blood

Released in 1966 as part of a double bill with fellow American International Pictures B-movie Blood Bath, Queen of Blood was assembled by director Curtis Harrington with footage from the Russian films, Mechte Navstrechu and Nebo Zovyot. It certainly has... 

The Resident

March 29, 2011

 The Resident

Hammer Films was a force to be reckoned with in the 1960’s and the 1970’s as the British studio was the go-to place for edgy and outrageous horror films many of which featured Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Then came the 1980’s and their style... 

Black Swan

March 24, 2011

 Black Swan

Let’s be honest, there aren’t many ballet-centric films out there and even fewer that are good, with notable exceptions like The Red Shoes (1948) and the underrated Robert Altman film The Company (2003). So Darren Aronofsky had his work cut out for... 

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

March 7, 2011

 The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season

In the past few years, vampire-themed programs have surfaced on television with True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and, recently, Being Human (both U.K. and the U.S. remake). Sure, there have been more across the board, supernatural fare with shows like... 

Cronos: Criterion Collection

December 6, 2010

 Cronos: Criterion Collection

Cronos (1993) marked the auspicious feature film debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and introduced the world to his unique worldview that fused his love of dark fairy tales with the macabre. The film was the culmination of Del Toro cutting... 

The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection

November 17, 2010

 The Night of the Hunter: Criterion Collection

It is one of the great tragedies of cinema that The Night of the Hunter (1955) was Charles Laughton’s lone film directing credit. An acclaimed character actor by trade, he decided to adapt David Grubb’s 1953 novel of the same name into a haunting... 

Antichrist: Criterion Collection

November 15, 2010

 Antichrist: Criterion Collection

For years, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has been something of a cinematic wild card, a provocateur whose films deeply divide audiences and critics alike. At times, he even seems to cultivate an enfant terrible reputation by making bold and controversial... 

House: Criterion Collection

November 5, 2010

 House: Criterion Collection

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House was originally released in 1977 on the bottom half of a double bill with the tantalizing tagline, “How Seven Beauties Were Eaten!” Inspired by several story ideas from his eleven-year-old daughter, Obayashi directed a gonzo... 

Zombies of Mass Destruction

October 21, 2010

 Zombies of Mass Destruction

What’s the deal with zombie movies and social commentary? A lot of the better known walking dead flicks seem to have something to say that runs a bit deeper than the carnage and cannibalism that they celebrate. Night of the Living Dead, George A.... 

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