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Articles by Calum Marsh

Shock and Awe: William Castle’s Horror Gimmicks

October 5, 2014
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL AD

Schlock auteur and brilliant businessman William Castle emerged at the end of the first 3D fad promising innovations of unprecedented grandeur and audacity.

Beetlemania and Beyond: Jessica Oreck

September 29, 2014
VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

On the uncanny qualities of Jessica Oreck’s films.

Josh and Benny Safdie on HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

September 23, 2014
HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT

Speaking of drama, time, street life and strange attractions: ‘You’re constantly flirting with death.’

Extra! The News Comedy

August 26, 2014
NOTHING SACRED

Diminished standards, ethical bankruptcy, the easy propagation of mistruths—unique to modern journalism? Let’s consider the history.

CONTRABAND and Propaganda

August 18, 2014

Seen today, of course, CONTRABAND is hardly a call to arms. But its propagandistic thrust may account for the vigor of its action.

Fantasia International Film Festival: The Zeal Thing

August 6, 2014 | One Comment

The emphasis in Fantasia is on ‘fan:’ it’s a festival mounted by and for enthusiasts, there to revel in their love of film.

A STAR IS BORN (Again)

August 4, 2014
A STAR IS BORN

Daring to exalt in the victories of the Hollywood system.

THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT’s Pressure Points

August 1, 2014
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT

Ramon Zürcher’s ode to tension and release squeezes Jacques Tati-style preoccupations into the space of a tiny apartment.

The Absurd and the Sublime: Herzog’s STROSZEK

May 27, 2014
STROSZEK

‘Bruno Stroszek’ remains one of the great human characters because Bruno Schleinstein gave one great human performance.

No Limits: Arthur Lipsett

May 10, 2014
VERY NICE VERY NICE

On uncovering the truth as contradiction, an unmanageable sprawl of interference and noise.

Hearing Color, Seeing Music: Norman McLaren

April 30, 2014 | One Comment
NEIGHBOURS

Norman McLaren’s films needn’t be enjoyed theoretically—their vitality should be obvious to anyone, from ages three to a hundred.

Looking Back at THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

March 18, 2014 | 2 Comments
THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

On production histories and primal connections.