[Fantasia 2021] Short Films: TROPAION / THE RELIC

Two shorts: one, a folk horror in a post-apocalyptic age; one, a cosmic horror of truly cosmic and hideous proportions.

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Take a Baaad Trip, Man: 1986’s HOUSE Brings the Horror of Vietnam Back Home

The first horror movie I ever remember seeing, and what a trip it took me on.

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Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Eight – The Upside Down”

Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1: “Chapter Eight – The Upside Down” Directed and Teleplay Written by The Duffer Brothers Story by Paul Ditcher * For a recap & review of the Chapter Seven, “The Bathtub” – click here * For a recap & review of (S02) Chapter One, “MADMAX” – click here Chief Jim Hopper (DavidContinue reading “Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Eight – The Upside Down””

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Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Seven – The Bathtub”

Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1: “Chapter Seven – The Bathtub” Directed by Matt & Ross Duffer Written by Justin Doble * For a review of the previous episode, “Chapter Six – The Monster” – click here * For a review of the Season 1 finale, “Chapter Eight – The Upside Down” – click here MikeContinue reading “Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Seven – The Bathtub””

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Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Six – The Monster”

Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1: “Chapter Six – The Monster” Directed by Matt & Ross Duffer Written by Jessie Nickson-Lopez * For a review of the previous episode, “Chapter Five – The Flea and the Acrobat” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chapter Seven – The Bathtub” – click hereContinue reading “Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Six – The Monster””

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Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Four – The Body”

Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1: “Chapter Four – The Body” Directed by Shawn Levy Written by Justin Doble * For a review of the previous episode, “Chapter Three – Holly, Jolly” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chapter Five – The Flea and the Acrobat” – click here Chief JimContinue reading “Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Four – The Body””

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Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Three – Holly, Jolly”

Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1: “Chapter Three – Holly, Jolly” Directed by Shawn Levy Written by Jessica Mecklenburg * For a review of the previous episode, “Chapter Two – The Weirdo on Maple Street” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Chapter Four – The Body” – click here Poor BarbContinue reading “Stranger Things – Season 1: “Chapter Three – Holly, Jolly””

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Patty Jenkins’ Monster: Forced to Kill, One Way or Another

Monster. 2003. Directed & Written by Patty Jenkins. Starring Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay, Scott Wilson, Rus Blackwell, Tim Ware, Stephan Jones, Brett Rice, Kaitlin Riley, & Cree Ivey. Media 8 Entertainment/Newmarket Films/DEJ Productions. Rated 18A. 109 minutes. Biography/Crime/Drama ★★★★★  For thoseContinue reading “Patty Jenkins’ Monster: Forced to Kill, One Way or Another”

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David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)

Eraserhead. 1977. Directed & Written by David Lynch. Starring Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, V. Phipps-Wilson, Jack Fisk, Jean Lange, Thomas Coulson, John Monez, Darwin Joston, T. Max Graham, Hal Landon Jr., & Jennifer Chambers Lynch. American Film Institute/Libra Films. Rated R. 89 minutes. Fantasy/Horror ★★★★1/2  One ofContinue reading “David Lynch’s Eraserhead: Existential Terror at its Finest (and Most Elusive)”

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Halloween II: Supernatural Michael Myers

Halloween II. 2009. Directed & Written by Rob Zombie. Starring Scout Taylor-Compton, Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Octavia Spencer, Danielle Harris, Margot Kidder, Sheri Moon Zombie, Chase Wright Vanek, & Caroline Williams. Dimension Films/Spectacle Entertainment Group/Trancas International Films. Rated R. 105 minutes. Horror ★★★1/2  Rob Zombie is a take-him-or-leave-him-type director.Continue reading “Halloween II: Supernatural Michael Myers”

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POSSESSION: Jealousy, Love, Repressed Desire

Żuławski’s 1981 shocker POSSESSION is a definite, grim bit of horror. It also serves a metaphor for several things; least of which is not the power of male jealousy.

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Victor Frankenstein: The Emperor in His Same Old Clothes

Victor Frankenstein. 2015. Directed by Paul McGuigan. Screenplay by Max Landis. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Bronson Webb, Daniel Mays, Spencer Wilding, Robin Pearce, Andrew Scott, & Callum Turner. Davis Entertainment/TSG Entertainment/MPC/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Rated PG. 110 minutes. Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi ★★★ As a fan of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel Frankenstein, theContinue reading “Victor Frankenstein: The Emperor in His Same Old Clothes”

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