31 Days of Fright: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

“What it looks like what happened is pretty nasty.” The unknown is scary. This is not a new, or even particularly trenchant, observation; it’s the bedrock of almost every horror film in recent memory. We have our families and our groups of friends, and we can pretty well predict how they’ll react to a given situation –... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

“Ain’t nothin’ to see in the desert.” It is so, so rare for a remake to be better than its source material (off the top of my head, I can think of only one, Zack Snyder’s 2004 Dawn of the Dead). Wes Craven’s 1977 The Hills Have Eyes was curiously sedate when it should have been grisly; that, coupled with the... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

“I see you shiver with antici…” In last year’s review of Little Shop of Horrors, I called the fanbase for The Rocky Horror Picture Show annoying and tacky. I stand by that, but it’s easy to see where their obsession comes from. Rocky Horror is such an incredibly fun film that at the right time and place, anyone... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: An American Werewolf in London

“Beware the moon, lads.” It’s so hard to make a good werewolf movie. The mythology is so baroque, so rooted in the Old World, that it’s hard to tell how seriously you should take it. What do you keep? What do you ignore? Weirdly enough, one of the best werewolf stories in recent memory was the Futurama episode “The... Read More | Share it now!

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31 Days of Fright: Nosferatu the Vampyre

“Time is an abyss, profound as a thousand nights.” Few directors have mastered atmosphere like Werner Herzog. A veteran documentarian, he shoots nature in a way that makes the viewer feel dwarfed, awestruck, insignificant. He can conjure story out of expression with a facility that almost no one else can boast. It’s because of this... Read More | Share it now!

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