31 Days of Fright: Creepshow

“Did you see that crap? All that horror crap?” Creepshow must have been the easiest pitch in the world. Stephen King, hot off the success of Cujo, and George A. Romero, still riding high on Dawn of the Dead, want to team up and make a collection of short horror films that pay homage to the horror comics of their youth. How could you... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Paranormal Activity

“It feels like a monster. Like it wants to hurt me.” You need a damn good reason to make a found-footage movie. The once-novel gimmick has only been done right a few times (in The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and arguably Chronicle and The Visit), but Hollywood keeps going back to that well, diminishing returns be damned.... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Poltergeist

“This house has many hearts.” A horror film can make an impression, sight unseen, from its title alone. For instance, I maintain that The Evil Dead is the best title for a horror film in history. Poltergeist, too, has an excellent title. Say it out loud: “Poltergeist.” Feel how your tongue wants to trip and stumble over the... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

“I’m bad.” I know what you’re thinking: really, another black and white, Iranian, feminist vampire movie? I know, I know; this month has been full of them. But A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is definitely the best of the lot. Ana Lily Amirpour’s remarkably strong debut film aims not for something higher or lower than... Read More | Share it now!

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Halt and Catch Fire: “Search” / “Ten of Swords”

Margaux and I say goodbye forever to Halt and Catch Fire.  Trevor: It’s fitting that Halt and Catch Fire’s final two episodes would be all about saying goodbye. In “Search,” Donna worries that she’s losing her family: Gordon is dead, and Joanie is going to China. Cameron is leaving Comet after a short stint as chief coder, and even Bos... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Friday the 13th (2009)

“Say hi to mommy! In hell!” I’m going to present you with a sentence that has never before been written in the history of film criticism or essays: I was really excited to watch the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. Not because I thought it would be good – and, spoiler alert, it’s not – but because I hated Sean S.... Read More | Share it now!

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