Film: 1990-2016

Brief excerpts with links to full-length articles and short blurbs I’ve written about horror related films made between 1980-2016.

Der Doppelganger (2014)

One of my most interesting recent discoveries is a short film made by director Julien Landais. It’s titled DER DOPPELGANGER (2014) and stars Alain Delon’s youngest son, Alain-Fabien Delon Jr. as a vampire. What fascinates me most about Landais’s film is that it seems to borrow visual motifs from my favorite horror anthology, SPIRITS OF… Continue reading Der Doppelganger (2014)

Favorite Films: 2014

As a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists I’m asked to compile a list of my favorite films each year and in 2014 a number of dark and horror filled films made my list of favorites including ENEMY (Dir. Denis Villeneuve), ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (Dir. Jim Jarmsuch=), STARRY EYES (Dir. Kevin Kolsch… Continue reading Favorite Films: 2014

A Pure Formality (1994)

I’m fond of mysteries that evolve through conversation and unravel in small spaces such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ROPE (1948) and Robert Hosseins DOUBLE AGENTS (1959). The claustrophobia they evoke seems directly linked to our primal fears and primitive suspicions. One of the most interesting films in this vein is Giuseppe Tornatore’s A PURE FORMALITY aka… Continue reading A Pure Formality (1994)

The Awakening (2012)

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, horror is my favorite film genre. But that doesn’t stop me from occasionally getting aggravated by some of the female stereotypes that populate it. From madwomen in the attic to resilient final girls and overprotective mothers, horror is a genre that rarely deviates from the tired… Continue reading The Awakening (2012)

Strigoi (2009)

Unlike some of my fellow Morlocks who often express their disappointment in modern horror films (I’m winking at my good pal Greg Ferrara who recently complained about the lack of good ghost movies) I happen to think we’re currently undergoing an impressive horror film renaissance that’s largely being ignored or has gone unappreciated. While Hollywood… Continue reading Strigoi (2009)

Kill List (2011)

This article originally appeared on the Cineaste website. The site is currently being revamped and until it’s available again I decided to repost it here. While most modern horror films are marketed at teenagers, Kill List is made with adults in mind, and seasoned horror fans should find the ride particularly satisfying. It’s a film… Continue reading Kill List (2011)

A Decade of Fear

It’s taken me a year but I’ve finally managed to compile a list of my Favorite Films of the Decade: 2000-2009 so I thought I’d share it. My introduction echoes some earlier thoughts about fear and cinema that I shared during Halloween and wanted to expand upon. Besides my alphabetical list of Favorite Films of… Continue reading A Decade of Fear

Van Sant’s Death Trilogy

“Ours is a culture notoriously uncomfortable with death. We’ve minimized and sterilized our rituals for processing it; we pack it away in Styrofoam and plastic wrap at the grocery store; we worship our children and pour our resources into the fantasy of postponing old age. Yet it courses into our collective consciousness with renewed insistence… Continue reading Van Sant’s Death Trilogy

Before the Fall (2008)

Before the Fall (aka Tres días) is a terrific Spanish thriller with an end-of-the-world setting. This thoughtful genre-mixing film takes place in a small Spanish village as the news breaks that a giant meteor has begun rapidly descending towards earth. The meteor is expected to hit the planet in just three days and scientists predict… Continue reading Before the Fall (2008)

Calvaire (2004)

When I first saw Calvaire (2004) it haunted me for weeks. No matter how much I tried to forgot the film’s snow saturated landscapes, strange characters, unhinged violence and unsettling atmosphere I just couldn’t shake the movie from my memory. Images from Calvaire haunted my dreams and threatened to consume my thoughts. This fascinating horror… Continue reading Calvaire (2004)

28 Days Later (2002)

I make no apology for my sincere admiration of British director Danny Boyle. Since I first sat through a late night showing of Shallow Grave back in 1994 I’ve been impressed with his frenetic and edgy directing style as well as his ability to get incredibly nuanced performances from his actors. I believe Boyle is… Continue reading 28 Days Later (2002)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Hilarious, smart and extremely relevant. Shaun of the Dead (2004) is one of my favorite comedies of the last decade. Before I saw the film I thought zombie comedy had been played out, but Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg proved me wrong. The film has been written about a lot and I don’t think I… Continue reading Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Innocence (2004)

Part horror film, part fairy-tale and pure allegory. Nothing in Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s 2004 film is as it seems. Much like her artistic partner, filmmaker Gaspar Noé, Hadzihalilovic is obviously interested in making films that push past expectations and delve into the unconscious mind. Innocence isn’t simply a film about what’s on the screen. It is… Continue reading Innocence (2004)

A History of Violence

It seems like everywhere I turn someone is talking or writing about the recent Comic Book Convention that is held in San Diego every year. It used to be an event only attended by comic book fans and various industry insiders, but it has exploded into some kind of massive media event attended by anyone… Continue reading A History of Violence

Left Bank (2008)

Last year critics and horror fans showered praise on the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In aka Låt den rätte komma (2008). The attention was well deserved and I enjoyed seeing critics twist themselves up in knots trying to explain their enjoyment of a horror film. The genre is still incredibly misunderstood and… Continue reading Left Bank (2008)

Critiquing Cloverfield

Normally I don’t discuss modern films here at Cinebeats, but after seeing Cloverfield on Monday night I’ve been thinking about the movie all week. I decided to follow up my viewing by reading some of the criticism the film has been receiving, which probably wasn’t the smartest idea since much of it left me cold.… Continue reading Critiquing Cloverfield

Santa Sangre (1989)

Severin has recently released my favorite Alejandro Jodorowsky film on DVD, the magnificent Santa Sangre (1989). Santa Sangre has been one of my favorite films since I originally saw it on video back in 1990. It had an extremely limited theatrical run and hasn’t been available on DVD in the US until now. Severin did… Continue reading Santa Sangre (1989)

15 Favorite Films of 2015

With the Oscar nominations making news around the world today I thought I’d join my fellow Morlocks, Susan Doll and R. Emmet Sweeney, by sharing a list of some of the best new films I saw in 2015. As usual, I tend to have eclectic taste and a penchant for darker fare and foreign films… Continue reading 15 Favorite Films of 2015