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"This emergent form — the death's head — is not a part of the scene, but rather a reflection upon it, potentially a visualization of the character's thoughts — evoked by the voodoo drums — graphically on screen in a way that is both inherently a part of the action (emergent from the composition itself) and a presentation of what is not (cannot be) shown on screen: Lorena's thoughts — her fear, signified by the voodoo drums, becoming manifest as the superimposed skull."
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by Jesse Stommel
"Like the titular beasts in Hitchcock's The Birds, the zombies invade the home, the city, the culture, but even more importantly in Night, they invade the self, like a disease, an infection that takes root in us and undoes us from the inside out. In this, the story of the zombie is a story of colonization — reverse colonization to be exact, a story where the Other finally has its day."
"The choppy narrative arc of the film ends up matching the new hybrid of fast-running, fast-changing zombie: like its undead, the film moves too fast. The bitten person turns in twelve seconds in World War Z, which feels like about the same amount of time given to a story line before turning to another."
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by A. Loudermilk
"Just by going to the movies I became, like the Final Girl, a target. A target, in my case, for bullies loitering outside the theater after the movie's over. Having been beaten up under the marquee in sixth grade, I'd become reluctant to attend horror movies. But I had to go, despite the risk. I had to see — to see as the Final Girl sees."
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"One reason for [Carrie's] success in both print and film, I think, lies in this: Carrie's revenge is something that any student who ever had his gym shorts pulled down in Phys Ed or his glasses thumb-rubbed in study hall could approve of. In Carrie's destruction of the gym . . . we see a dream revolution of the socially downtrodden."
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by Alex Kirschenbaum
"I didn't mean to call you a meatloaf, Jack!" — David (David Naughton), An American Werewolf in London
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by Jesse Stommel
"We're drawn to and fascinated by horror because the genre reminds us that we have both outsides and insides, skin and guts, eyes and gray matter, ideas and appetites."
by Mervyn Nicholson
Boredom never looked so good
by Barbara Eckroad
"You weren't very nice, but I'm sorry you're dead"
by Andy Richards
Reviewed by Andryn Arithson
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by Jesse Stommel
"We do not realize that 'normal' behavior needs to be explained at all."
–Laura Cosmides
"Monsters today seem to be everywhere, and they cannot be destroyed. "
–Stephen Prince
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by Jesse Stommel
"We keep returning to this story about pod people because we're terrified of the continuing erosion of our physicality in the postmodern era."
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by Noah Berlatsky
"You can depend on Jason."
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by Amy Nolan
"I should like to keep that out of me"
by Jesse Stommel
"We are always already in a state of being on the cusp of an unraveling, a violent deconstruction, an explosive discharge of disruption and freeplay."
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by Victoria Large
"If there's a beast in men, it meets its match in women too."
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by Victoria Large
Not the usual suspects
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by Stephen Harper
Romero's canonical work remains timely decades later
How Jessica Biel's Moral Hotness Tamed the West
by John C. Turner
We have met the enemy and he is us
Lewton's struggles to make magic had their own horrors
"Lewton's deep faith in humanity quietly waits for the smoke to settle so it can step in and start patching up the wounds."
This ghost story's charms are far from ephemeral
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"She's supposed to be shriveling away," observed Davis, "but her tits keep growing. I keep running into them, like the Hollywood hills."
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Poe's favorite story dressed to kill by a legendary surrealist auteur
by John Wisniewski
An interview with the man who created one of cinema's most enduring genres
Takashi Miike's notorious film has earned both awards and mass walkouts
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These seminal sleazefests — and a couple of arty classics — will make you twist and shout
The normals are the real freaks in this still gut-wrenching horror classic
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Monsters are bad enough, but their relatives?
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If looks could kill, this dude wouldn't need a blade
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Hitch's — and by now the whole damn culture's — seminal Oedipal nightmare revisited
Graverobbers and drag queens from outer space! A big limp octopus! Charming "anti-classics" from the intensely weird and constantly surprising world of Ed Wood.
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This beautifully photographed film stars Elke Sommer as one of the least convincing architecture students in cinema history
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What do horror and homosexuality have in common anyway? The all-pervasive, barely disguised, downright queerness of classics like Dracula, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and Dracula's Daughter
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No institution — society, religion, marriage, or heterosexuality — was safe from the penetrating queer eye of James Whale. Make way for the homosexual creator!
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See Val Kilmer feed psychedelic mushrooms to the crazed beast-people! See Aissa's forbidden jungle dance! See the terrible white monster who lumbers across the sets in pancake makeup and Bea Arthur's old caftans!
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With his lacerations, deformities, faux stump legs, and shaved head, Chaney was the original Modern Primitive

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