Review – The HATCHET Trilogy

  Consider me a convert to the cult of Victor Crowley and a proud supporter of the Hatchet Army. About six years ago, Adam Green’s HATCHET was released. It may have just been a passing curiosity to mainstream filmgoers. But to a die-hard horror fan like myself, it peaked my interest. This was a time when most of the horror films being released to theaters were severely lacking in creativity (not that we’re necessarily in a golden age now). And HATCHET’s poster stated bluntly, “It’s not a remake. It’s not a sequel. And it’s not based on a Japanese one.” … Continue reading Review – The HATCHET Trilogy

Review – AMERICAN MARY (2013)

People are always looking for the next thing. As the elder Masters of Horror have already advanced to legendary status (and yet still can’t seem to get their films in production), the focus recently shifted to the next generation. To this end, Herner Klenthur of the website Horror-Movies.ca solicited suggestions on Facebook, asking what should make up a list of the new Masters of Horror. The writer took suggestions and published the results. The list was a mix of established named (Eli Roth, Rob Zombie), rising stars (Ti West, Adam Green, Pascal Laugier) and some controversial choices (Steven Miller). But no controversy was as … Continue reading Review – AMERICAN MARY (2013)

Review – THE LORDS OF SALEM (2013)

  THE LORDS OF SALEM represents a filmmaker venturing into uncharted territory, and it is glorious. Though it is his fifth theatrical film, THE LORDS OF SALEM marks the first totally original material Rob Zombie has brought to the big screen since HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. After all, he followed up CORPSES with a sequel, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, which was different in tone but still continued the story of the characters from the first film. After that, Zombie gave us his two HALLOWEEN pictures, again adding his own spin on the material, but dealing with established characters. Flirtations with other … Continue reading Review – THE LORDS OF SALEM (2013)

ROOM 237 and the Nature of Film Theory

  Did you know that there are pictures of minotaurs hanging in the Overlook Hotel? Or how about that Stanley Kubrick used a horror film to detail how he helped fake footage of the Apollo moon landing? And I’ll bet you didn’t know that THE SHINING was actually an allegory for the genocide committed by white settlers against the Native Americans. These are just a few of the loopy allegations made in the documentary ROOM 237, a film that on the surface is nothing special but at its heart raises interesting questions about the nature of film theory. When Warner … Continue reading ROOM 237 and the Nature of Film Theory