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Terror and Taboo: Analyzing The Babadook

As the buzz surrounding Jennifer Kent’s debut feature The Babadook continues, horror fans would be forgiven for their skepticism. The praise is reaching critical mass. Director William Friedkin (The Exorcist) has “never seen a more terrifying film.” Stephen King has called it “deeply disturbing and highly recommended.” It has a near-perfect rating on Rotten Tomatoes, […]

The Feminism of Demonic Possession Horror

At the Devil’s Door is the new movie from IFC Midnight, by writer/director Nicolas McCarthy. On its face, Devil’s Door delivers a skillfully atmospheric story of demonic possession, at once familiar and fresh in its narrative. The film benefits from McCarthy’s labored minimalism, trading graphic visuals for a sense of smooth, unyielding uneasiness. Tweet

Sweet, Sweet Suffering: Agony and Ecstasy Through All Nine Hellraiser Films

Growing up, Hellraiser was always the most intriguing of the major horror franchises. Children of the 1990’s will join me in remembering quite well the fear and attraction associated with Pinhead’s visage, sitting temptingly on the shelves of Blockbuster and Easy Video. For kids or young adults just getting into the horror genre and perhaps […]

How Ti West Went Wrong with The Sacrament

The ascendancy of found-footage style to the forefront of mainstream horror moviemaking has been a mixed bag. For every pleasant surprise like V/H/S (2012) there’s an insufferable piece of shit like The Devil Inside (2012). But the reliable profitability of the approach and its conduciveness to creative versatility indicates that the trend isn’t stopping any […]

Dope Digest vol. 5 – Horror flicks, Lykke Li, and Batman!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. Ti West’s The Sacrament  Trailer syvo: Ti West is likely an unfamiliar name to anyone not actively keeping up with horror culture these days (e.g. everyone), but he’s worth watching. With House of the Devil (2009), West immediately ascended to the […]

What The Contemporary Horror Film Has to Say – And What It Stopped Saying

    James Wan’s The Conjuring (2013) is the scariest movie of the year. It’s the scariest movie since Wan’s last effort Insidious (2010), which was the scariest movie since Ti West’s House of the Devil (2009), which was the scariest movie since Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers (2008), which was easily the scariest movie since Orin Peli’ Paranormal Activity (2007). While all of these […]