Articles tagged alfred hitchcock, psycho, norman bates, horror

‘It Follows’ Is a Mixtape in Movie Form

In It Follows, director David Robert Mitchell collects many of the best shards and slivers from the refuse heap of the '80s and recombines them into something of great gloss.

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Sexism Just Won’t Die in ‘Burying the Ex’

Playing like a "Rom-Zom-Com" helmed by Judd Apatow, Burying the Ex suffers from a repository of sexist tropes, a somewhat redeeming ending notwithstanding.

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Ray Milland Gets Juicy for Roger Corman

Ray Milland stars in these two juicy, sometimes delirious, sometimes beautiful movies directed by Roger Corman in the '60s.

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Hitchcock’s ‘Jamaica Inn’ Is a Good Film That’s Been Sullied by a Bad Print - Until Now

A sparkling new restoration from the British Film Institute, derived from an archival negative, makes the case that Jamaica Inn is much better than its reputation.

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‘It! The Terror from Beyond Space’ Stars the Alien Before ‘Alien’

You may wonder why the final solution to killing the creature didn't occur to them earlier.

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‘It! The Terror From Beyond Space’ Is Just a Guy in a Rubber Suit

This classic if dated antecedent of Alien looks good on Blu-ray, but considering its influence it deserves much more than this bare-bones release.

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Cannes 2015: ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ Looks at Great Directors’ Careers

Even people familiar with both directors will find elements of Hitchcock/Truffaut surprising, especially a moment where Hitchcock seems haunted by the question of whether he might have been looser behind the camera.

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The Ghosts of ‘Poltergeist’ Can’t Spook Technology

There's lots of tech on display in this remake of 1982's Poltergeist, but the script sure doesn't know how to grapple with it.

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‘The Babadook’ Isn’t a Horror Movie About a Monster, But a Mother

The Babadook doesn't twist all that many conventions, but its crystal-clear execution as to what makes people truly terrified puts it a cut above the rest.

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Season Two Premiere of ‘Penny Dreadful’ Available to Stream

The Victorian horror gothic program Penny Dreadful, starring Eva Green, just kicked off its second season, the premiere of which can be streamed on YouTube.

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Summer Camp Slashers and Greek Myths in ‘The Roommates’ and ‘A Woman for All Men’

A former Perry Mason director takes on the exploitation format in this pristine Blu-ray reissue and double feature.

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‘Late Phases’ Is a Tame and Toothless Experience

This tale of werewolves run amok in a retirement community could do with more guts -- in every sense.

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‘Unfriended’, Social Media, and the Horror of Sharing Too Much

Unfriended raises a few good questions concerning how social media works, how it is used, and also how it shapes experience.

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You’ll Need a Vomit Bag for the Torture in ‘Black Sunday’ and ‘Mark of the Devil’

When Mark of the Devil was released, audiences were required to bring vomit bags into the theatre. That warning wasn't without reason.

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In ‘Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits’, Horror and Comedy Clash but Don’t Always Mix

Scream! Factory's horror/comedy "double feature" doesn't truly fit into either genre.

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30 Mar 2015 // 9:20 AM

Exit Life, Pursued by a Bear: ‘Backcountry’

This indie horror flick finds a young couple stranded in the woods looking for safety in an uncaring natural world.

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Truffaut Channels Hitchcock and Chabrol in ‘The Soft Skin’

This is a cold film where it's clear something is always wrong, but no one can quite piece together what it is.

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‘The Uncanny Reader’ Conjures Up Dreadful Pleasures

If death haunts fewer of the stories collected here than one might imagine, it's because there are things worse than death.

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‘The Haunting of Black Wood’ Contains No Haunting Whatsoever

The issue with this ostensible haunting in Black Wood is not a paucity of dollars in the budget, but rather of tension, drama, and ideas.

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The 10 Best Games/Traps in the ‘Saw’ Franchise

James Wan and Leigh Whannell didn't start off the Saw series with a focus on the gory "games", but these 10 examples of Jigsaw's various traps explain the franchise's enduring fear factors.

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