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Was the Great War a Supernatural War?

The memoirs of WWI soldiers are filled with references to seeing things that could not have been there. They knew that it was the war itself that haunted them, the war that became almost anthropomorphic, a self-conscious thing out to murder them.

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Bad and Mad: The Troubled and Troubling Pop Culture War Vet

In these trying times of Trump, as American chauvinism thumps its chest and loudly threatens those who question, there is little room for contemporary filmmakers, or policymakers, who encourage sympathy for the war-damaged, the wounded, the wrecked.

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'The Conspiracy Against the Human Race' Is a Therapuetic Work of Hardcore Literary Pessimism

This reissue of Thomas Ligotti's most frightening work about the ultimate terror, human existence, might be just what you need in these times.

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The Witchcraft of History in 'Babyaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris '

Like Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and Catherynne M. Valente, Toby Barlow takes an historic urban space and transforms it into a place to ask questions that haunt us.

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'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.

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Troubled Loners of the World Unite!

Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.

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In 'The Big Chill', Cynicism is the Illusion

Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.

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'Vampire Academy': It's Just About High School

Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.

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Jiggle TV? 'Charlie's Angels'

It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.

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'Night of the Demons' Does Schlock Right

Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.

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Charlie Chaplin Created Beauty through Understatement

In City Lights, Chaplin introduced parody and satire to a moment that was supremely serious, and we owe him more than we realize for the saving power of modern irony.

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'Man of Steel' and Blood and Iron

Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.

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The Monster's End

The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.

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Revisiting The Night He Came Home

The unstoppable and vaguely supernatural killer. The knife and the teenage babysitter in danger. They're back with Halloween: 35th Anniversary Collector's Edition.

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'Prince of Darkness' and the Devil You Don't Know

The devil is in the details in John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. Well it’s not exactly the devil, it’s a kind of anti-reality particle. And the details, in this case, happen to be quantum mechanics.

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Brad Pitt and His Stubble Saves Us All in 'World War Z'

World War Z manages to be a really entertaining film. Yes, it’s a big, loud summer movie but it’s probably the best of this year's lot.

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What Happens When Bad Ideas Come to Life? Things Like 'Bates Motel'

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates is the best thing in this show. She perfectly portrays an attractive, normal seeming woman who’s actually a demented moonbat.

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Critics Tended to Hate 'The Lords of Salem'. They're Wrong.

There’s a lot going on here that’s worth your time. Beautifully photographed and drenched in creepy atmosphere, The Lords of Salem is gorgeous to look

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'Captain America': It's Not That Bad

This much maligned film captures enough of the spirit of Captain America that Marvel fans will probably want to own this odd piece of ephemera from before the age when Marvel movies became a juggernaut.


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