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15 Essential: Witch Movies
The Sundance Film Festival’s breakout horror film—and possible breakout film, period—felt like a culmination. The past five years or so have seen a resurgence in witch fiction and culture, from television to movies to comics to Bushwick. For fans and admirers of the archetype and subversion of it, it’s an exciting time. Having seen Robert…
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Sundance Review: Hellions, a Halloween Fever Dream
Is there a tendency to dismiss contemporary horror films we would’ve loved in the 70s or 80s? As if we know better now? As if their age and the era is the only charm? I certainly hope not, but am afraid so. Bruce McDonald, veteran filmmaker and director behind one of our age’s few, truly…
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Sundance Review: The Nightmare, a Terrifying Horror-Doc
The scariest thing in the world might well be sitting in a darkened room, listening to other people tell you of their strange experiences. For a moment, doubt falls away to the suggestion of someone who so feels they were affected by, or witness to, something supernatural. Director Rodney Ascher understands this, among many other…
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Alternate, Bloody Evil Dead Remake Footage Unearthed
2013’s Evil Dead remake, directed by Fede Alvarez and produced by Sam Raimi, saw its UK television premiere this past week. To the surprise of many, this premiere was in its totally uncut form, featuring at least four scenes of deleted and alternate footage that fans of the film have been clamoring for.  Bloody Disgusting posted…
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Do You Think I’m Afraid of So Charming a Lady? Cat People (1942)
In 1941, RKO Pictures released Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, which failed spectacularly at the box office but has gone on to be one of the most revered films ever made. In 1942, RKO was on the verge of collapse; they needed to make money, and fast. Enter Val Lewton, a Russian-American screenwriter/producer, hired by RKO…
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Scream Factory Details Invaders from Mars Blu
Few filmmakers have run through horror and its many styles and subsets like Tobe Hooper, director of the seminal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. One of his most beloved (and varied) periods falls under the Cannon umbrella, the company for which he directed Lifeforce, Invaders From Mars and the deliciously nutty The Texas Chainsaw Massacre…
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