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Suspense, Sadism and Dario Argento

October 23, 2014
SUSPIRIA

Argento uses cinema not to spy on and catch a killer, but to become the ‘sick’ embodiment of homicidal insanity itself.

The Rare Vampire Film of its Era: BLOOD IS THE COLOR OF THE NIGHT

October 17, 2014
BLOOD COLOR NIGHT

Shot in full color, this supernatural soap opera climaxes with more high Catholic pageantry than you’d find at a cathedral on Palm Sunday.

The Nation’s Brain, Anesthetized: PROPAGANDA

October 13, 2014 | One Comment
PROPAGANDA

A feature-length indictment of Western hypocrisies and immorality designed to make North Korean viewers feel quite relieved they aren’t ‘us?’ So it appears. . .

Spy vs. Spy: OSS 117

September 17, 2014
OSS 117 CAIRO NEST OF SPIES

Dujardin and Hazanavicius take very precise satirical stabs at the filmic styles of the ‘classic’ Bond period.

Radley Metzger and the ‘Arty’ Adult Film

September 5, 2014
THE LICKERISH QUARTET

Traveling back to the heydays of 1960s softcore and 1970s hardcore ‘sinema’ with Radley Metzger’s singular sex-film creations.

Grade-Z and Loving It: Amir Shervan

August 25, 2014 | 5 Comments
SAMURAI COP

There’s more of the excavated Amir Shervan on the way, and bad-movie fans should be waiting with bated breath.

THE WALL: The ‘Unfilmable’ Novel, in Ravishing Detail

August 15, 2014 | 2 Comments
THE WALL

A committed performance and lush cinematography bring a classic novel to dystopian life.

A Boy and His Dystopia

July 18, 2014
THE PURGE ANARCHY

On THE PURGE, its predecessors and much, much more. (Yes, you can read plenty into the ever-more-nihilistic depiction of tomorrow in popular entertainment.)

To HELLION and Back: Kat Candler

June 13, 2014
HELLION

Talking child stars and heavy metal with Sundance sensation Kat Candler.

Yes, Keep On: YOU, THE LIVING

April 25, 2014
YOU THE LIVING

Ten playful reasons to love Roy Andersson and YOU, THE LIVING.

Herzog’s MY BEST FIEND: ‘Explosive on Contact’

April 22, 2014
MY BEST FIEND

For a filmmaker as attracted to ‘difficult’ stories, production challenges and personalities, Klaus Kinski constituted a near fatal attraction.

British Horror, After the Hammer Fell

April 1, 2014
SCHIZO

Enterprising, prolific and notorious, Pete Walker and Norman J. Warren departed from Hammer’s penchant for period Gothic terror in favor of modern-day settings with ramped-up doses of sex and violence.