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Monday, January 18 2010

Unfulfilled Desires, Fulfilled Nightmares

As the new millennium accelerates we witness our world consumed by an international economic crisis fueled by unrestricted consumption and greed. Hence, the relevance of Stephen King's 'Needful Things'.


Monday, October 26 2009

Frightful Rome

Profondo Rosso, the Dario Argento store in Rome, hints at a dramatic cultural shift taking place in Italy regarding the appreciation and analysis of classic Italian horror films.


Sunday, September 20 2009

Horrifyingly Close to Reality

Western culture’s perspective of torture is complex and paradoxical; it's considered immoral, illegal, primitive, and indecent, yet it's shocking to see that torture methods continue to be used in the interrogation of prisoners of war.


Wednesday, July 29 2009

International d’Horreur

The country that is producing high quality fear flicks these days is not in North America nor anywhere in Asia, but in Western Europe.


Sunday, May 3 2009

Fighting the Flu

The mobilization of the military to control the spread of the current outbreak of a rare strain of the swine flu in Mexico City is right out of Stephen King’s The Stand.


Tuesday, February 17 2009

By One’s Own Hand, Then

On the one hand society at large relies on moral and theological arguments to ban suicide; on the other our world is plagued with destructive wars and suicidal conflicts.


Monday, January 5 2009

Something to Do with Death

By manipulating mankind’s fear of death, organized religion clearly emerges as the most ruthless and totalitarian authority institution in the history of the world.


Wednesday, September 17 2008

Horrors in the Closet: Transgressing All Boundaries

David Cronenberg and Clive Barker constantly pushed the boundaries of representations of sexual identities, yet their films feel not condemning, paranoid, or xenophobic -- but alluring and fascinating.


Thursday, August 21 2008

Horrors in the Closet: Horrifying Heteronormative Scapegoating

The artificial connection between homosexuality and communism created the popular myth of evil and undetectable gay subversives living inside 1950s American society.


Sunday, June 22 2008

Horrors in the Closet: A Closet Full of Monsters

A closet full of monsters is a scary place where "straight people" can safely negotiate and articulate their fascination and/or dread of "difference" in sexual preferences.


Monday, May 12 2008

The Demise of Horror Culture?

While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon...if they acknowledge them at all.


Monday, April 14 2008

A Terrifying Ruby Jubilee

As a pivotal year of social change and as a cultural stepping stone, 1968 saw the radicalization of American society, and an accompanying revolution in the realm of horror genre filmmaking.


Monday, February 18 2008

American Gothic

Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' is an elegant representation of the American nightmare: the horrors and monsters that constantly lurk behind the face of normality.


Sunday, November 25 2007

Horror Cinema By the Numbers

Technology is not the only reason for the recent worldwide glut in horror films. Ease of access and influence also contribute to their continuing creation.


Wednesday, October 31 2007

Bringing Home the Horror

Fright film fans have an innate desire to "own" that which they obsess over. Thanks to the ever changing face of home theater technology, and the genre's link to same, they can easily satisfy their creepshow cravings.


Thursday, October 4 2007

The Year of the Wolf

Leave it to the geniuses running the Hollywood studios to offset each other by delivering three legendary lycanthrope movies, 'The Howling', 'An American Werewolf in London' and 'Wolfen' during the same seminal genre year: 1981.


Sunday, June 24 2007

A Matter of Morbid Elegance

While it may be hard to believe, horror imagery has its direct links in the visual variances of classic painting. It's all a matter of melancholic grace.


Tuesday, May 15 2007

The Unseen Masters of Horror

Fright fans love to praise the visionary efforts of their favorite horror directors. But behind every great terror auteur is usually an unsung macabre master.


Tuesday, November 7 2006

Fear Factoring: Part 2

In this second of a two-part examination on the roles that fan appreciation, critical consideration, and subject matter play on categorizing horror film, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can change from year-to-year, generation-to-generation.


Thursday, September 28 2006

Fear Factoring: Part I

What elements categorize a horror film? Monsters? Murders? Mood and atmosphere? In this first of a two part examination on the subject, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can be difficult to clearly delineate.


Wednesday, August 16 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes Part 2: Fangoria and Beyond

Horror fandom finds its gruesome, gory touchstone in this second half of our look at genre publications, and its arrival signals a real renaissance in the power and influence of motion picture macabre.


Wednesday, July 26 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes

In the first of a two part examination on the subject, our scholar of scares looks back at the role genre magazines played in the creation of the rabid macabre movie fanbase we see today.


Thursday, June 15 2006

Legends of the Fang

Want to know why Richard Matheson's I am Legend is one of the most important horror novels of all time? Our resident scare scholar offers up this comprehensive overview of the man, the book, and the enduring legacy.


Wednesday, May 3 2006

Trilogy of (T)errors

What do murderous Halloween masks, a monster enclosed in a Carpathian fortress, and a legion of interstellar soul suckers have in common? According to our resident scare scholar, they are part of a trio of '80s horror films that have been unfairly maligned by critics and fans alike.


Wednesday, March 22 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part III: Cinematic Symbiosis

In the final installment of his three-part look at the evolution of special effects in movie macabre, our horror historian looks at Fritz Lang, Lon Chaney, and a certain oversized ape's place in the dynamic of dread.


Tuesday, February 21 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part II: The Modern Prometheus

In the second of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist shows how Mary Shelley's mythical monster, and a unique approach to art design, forever changed the horror film.


Monday, January 23 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part I: The Power of Prestidigitation

In the first of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist argues for magician George Melies' place as the father of all F/X-based fright flicks.


Tuesday, November 29 2005

One Wedding and Lots of Funerals

While many consider it a horror classic, Lanzagorta reveals the sensationally subversive underbelly -- thanks to director James Whale -- of 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.


Tuesday, October 25 2005

Not Just Zombies

Even though George Romero is famous for his zombie flicks, he has directed a variety of other equally interesting fright films that are usually overlooked by the casual fan.


Tuesday, September 27 2005

A Fistful of Maggots

In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.


Thursday, September 1 2005

A Horror Renaissance

Horror is hot again. In his new column, Lanzagorta explains how the current scary movie revival is but a regurgitation of the fears and paranoias of the 1970s, and quite apropos for these times.


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