Category Horror

Funny Games (2007)

“Don’t forget the importance of entertainment!” So says Paul (Michael Pitt) about halfway through Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (an American produced remake of his own 1997 original). It’s an important line, chiefly because what Funny Games serves up is something of an antidote for entertainment, rather than two hours of exhilarating horror. Although it is certainly horrifying, and one of the […]

It Comes At Night (2017)

A post-apocalyptic slow burn in which nightmare and reality collide, It Comes At Night follows a survivalist family of three as they attempt to isolate themselves and outlast a catastrophic plague that has seemingly taken millions of lives in the big cities, and then are joined (under interesting circumstances) by a second family of three. However, writer/director […]

Aliens (1986)

One of the premier physical cinematic experiences, bar none. I can only imagine the added impact of seeing Aliens on the big screen. Comparing James Cameron’s sequel to its predecessor is akin to comparing apples and oranges. Aliens is a clever divergence from the cerebral, psychosexual, intimate horror of Ridley Scott’s original, with Cameron opting to not only widen […]

The Perfect Organism: Creation, Hubris, and Destruction in ALIEN: COVENANT

It took me some time to reconcile that, although serving as a series of prequels to the original quadrilogy, Ridley Scott’s latest two installments in the series he spawned almost 40-years ago are entirely their own saga, replete with their own, unique, preoccupations and focuses. Fans of the original series will be happy to know […]

Cronos (1993)

This is where it all began: Guillermo del Toro’s fascination with the macabre and familial relationships and finding true, resonating empathy in the darkest corners of the horror genre. Cronos is, at the very least, intriguing for the imaginative ways in which it pairs two unlikely horror tropes: vulnerability and monstrosity. An aging antique salesman comes […]

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

In almost every way, Ghosts of Mars registers as a “lesser” entry from John Carpenter. The picture is essentially an amalgamation (die hards would use the word “distillation” but that’s giving the movie a bit too much credit) of a large handful of the director’s movies. I use “amalgamation” rather than “distillation” because Ghosts of Mars is very much […]

The Neon Demon (2016)

The opening credits for The Neon Demon play over a velvety surface, washing in and out of deep color after deep color, punctuated by Cliff Martinez’s thrumming music. Beneath the credits, in the same glowing glitzy font, appears a vertically positioned, stylized “NWR” (the writer/director, Nicolas Winding Refn). Whether it’s a moment of pure self-indulgent narcissism, pure […]