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March 2013

Don’t Open That Door! #34: ‘Cult of the Cobra’ (1955)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: ugly Americans get their comeuppance in Cult of the Cobra.


Scientology Aside, ‘The Master’s” Meaning is Clear

While some have suggested that this is nothing more than a veiled Scientology screed (it has many allusions to the bizarre religion's earliest earmarks), The Master is actually a movie about two men who couldn't be more different, and yet are almost exactly the same


Ranking the Greats: The 14 Films of Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi is best known for horror, but the Evil Dead director has done more than mere macabre. Here's our ranking of his 14 feature films.


Selling the Splatter: ‘Evil Dead’ Is Back

Some could argue that we already worship at the altar of atrocity, but there is a difference between dozens of bullet holes erupting on a body and someone taking a knife to their own tongue or smile line.


‘The Silk Express’ (1933)

This train is bound for capitalist glory.


‘Oz the Great and Powerful’? Pretty Much

Oz the Great and Powerful is not some watered down sell out. It's a real Sam Raimi film - and all that encompasses.


Bleak Noir: ‘Dead Man Down’

(W)hat we have here is both foreign and familiar, yet another intriguing, if incomplete take on an age old Hollywood crime genre from someone far removed from it.


From Paranormal to the Personal: ‘My Amityville Horror’

This was a chance for something definitive. What we get, instead, is something as incomplete yet intriguing as the original tale.


Don’t Open That Door! #33: ‘Target Earth’ (1954)

Welcome to our weekly field guide to 1950s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them. This week: killer robot football players threaten to wipe out humanity in Target Earth.


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