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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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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31 Days of Fright: Repo! The Genetic Opera

“Flesh is weak. Blood is cheap.” There is so, so much about Repo! The Genetic Opera that could turn viewers off (which explains its abysmal performance at the box office). There’s the comic-book interludes, the singing, the gore, the Paris Hilton, the sometimes overly serious satire – and you know what? These are all valid... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Drag Me to Hell

“So, you wish to know something of your destiny.” Few directors get the same joy out of tormenting their characters as Sam Raimi does. His Evil Dead trilogy amounts to three glorious hours of him shitting all over Bruce Campbell, and his wonderful, horrible film A Simple Plan twists the screws so tightly and so relentlessly on Bill... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Dawn of the Dead

“These creatures are nothing but pure, motorized instinct.” A newsroom in chaos. People are leaving their posts, rescue stations are being shut down (rescue for what?), and on the air a panel of two men debate in increasingly hostile tones; we hear snippets of their conversation: something about the dead coming back to life. Across town,... Read More | Share it now!

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