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Wednesday, December 18 2013

The Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013

As home video spins off into various immediate options -- streaming, simultaneous theatrical and digital release -- there are still many gems to uncover in the increasingly obsolete format.


Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Tuesday, March 4 2008

Historian: Interview with Brian Garfield

"I think that, except for its ludicrous violence toward the end, the Death Sentence movie does depict its character's decline and the stupidity of vengeful vigilantism." Death Wish creator Brian Garfield talks to PopMatters about remakes, sequels, writing, and the meaning of vengeance.


Thursday, March 1 2007

The PopMatters 'Short Ends & Leader' Spring Film Preview

In order to separate the worthy from the worthless, PopMatters' "Short Ends & Leader" editor is highlighting 10 new films he's looking forward to this spring.


Reviews

Tuesday, October 22 2013

'The Conjuring' Is a Haunting, Elevated

By shifting it's point of view from a hapless family to a pair of seasoned demon hunters, The Conjuring ends up being a pleasantly frightful experience.


Sunday, July 21 2013

'The Conjuring' Uses Careful, Quiet Visual Build-up

The religious subtext in The Conjuring is at once provocative and minor.


Tuesday, July 26 2011

Your Frightened Imagination Roams the House in 'Insidious'

Insidious is a horror movie, but it avoids all the trappings of the 21st century horror film in favor of telling a scary story, and telling it well.


Thursday, March 31 2011

'Insidious': Leave the Vessel

Looking over dad's shoulder as he peruses his son's scary drawings, you can't help but wonder at his surprise. How long have these pictures been tacked to Dalton's bedroom wall, anyway?


Thursday, August 30 2007

Death Sentence

Death Sentence is smart enough about its generic limits: the violence is ragingly B, the dialogue goofy, the cops always steps behind.


Saw (2004) [28.Oct.04]

Blogs

Thursday, October 30 2014

Ten Years Later, the Original 'Saw' Still Satisfies

The first Saw is really a whodunit. The next six are all about the "why".


Tuesday, October 14 2014

The 10 Best New Breed Horror Filmmakers Working Today

They are the contemporary voices of an ages old ideal, the new fear masters in a genre sometimes stunted by its own lack of (critical) legitimacy.


Wednesday, July 31 2013

What Exactly Is a "Psychological" Horror Film?

The main facet of a psychological horror film is what isn't shown, not what is.


Tuesday, October 19 2010

Who Are the Next Horror Movie Maestros?

Perhaps it's too soon in the career arc to write off some of these wannabes as less than meaningful maestros. As we wait, however, the void continues to grow...and grow...


News

Friday, August 31 2007

Kevin Bacon adds a degree with 'nerd' hero of 'Death Sentence'

LOS ANGELES -- It is almost impossible to sit next to Kevin Bacon in a Los Angeles hotel suite without silently playing the parlor game


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