Of Shadows & Smart Directors: Herk Harvey’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS

CARNIVAL OF SOULS is a low budget dream of an independent film, and a nightmarish slice of horror cinema.

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Psychological Cracks and Shadows of Polanski in Darling

Darling. 2015. Directed & Written by Mickey Keating. Starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Helen Rogers, John Speredakos, Brian Morvant, & Al-Nisa Petty. Glass Eye Pix/Alexander Groupe. Unrated. 78 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★ Mickey Keating is one of my favourite writer-directors over the past few years in indie horror. While the low budget charmContinue reading “Psychological Cracks and Shadows of Polanski in Darling”

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The Birth of a Horror Fad: The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project. 1999. Directed/Written by Daniel Myrick & Eduardo Sánchez. Starring Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams. Haxan Films. Rated 14A. 81 minutes. Horror ★★★★★ I don’t know how people my age look back on The Blair Witch Project now 16 years since it first hit theatres and completely scared the life outContinue reading “The Birth of a Horror Fad: The Blair Witch Project”

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Kevin Smith’s Whacky Creature Feature: Tusk

Tusk. 2014. Directed & Written by Kevin Smith. Starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, and Johnny Depp. Sony Pictures Releasing Canada. Rated 14A. 102 minutes. Comedy/Horror ★★★★ First of all, a lot of people seem to misunderstand Tusk as a film overall. It’s meant, above all else, as a comedy and a drama.Continue reading “Kevin Smith’s Whacky Creature Feature: Tusk”

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Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock & the Birth of the Slasher

Psycho. 1960. Dir.  Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Joseph Stefano; based on the novel by Robert Bloch. Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, and John McIntire. Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Rated PG. 109 minutes. Horror/Mystery/Thriller ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Blu ray release) For my review of the sequel, Psycho II, click here. ForContinue reading “Psycho: Alfred Hitchcock & the Birth of the Slasher”

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Seconds: The Future of Identity

Seconds. 1966. Dir. John Frankenheimer. Screenplay by Lewis John Carlino; based on the novel by David Ely. Starring Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, and John Randolph. Cinematography by James Wong Howe. Edited by Ferris Webster. Paramount Pictures. Rated R. 106 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery ★★★★★ (Film) ★★★★★ (Criterion Blu ray release) John Frankenheimer has directed a few incredible films, whichContinue reading “Seconds: The Future of Identity”

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