“I hate clowns. You can’t tell what they’re thinking” (Peter Pan (Peter Pan in Scarlet)) Andy Muschietti, the director of It (2017), would seem to have made a grave mistake. He has based the scares of his new horror film on a clown. And clowns, as we ..
“The jail’s only got one cell, and the lock’s broke and I sleep in it.” This is the state of justice when we we first reach Shinbone: a sleepy caricature of a frontier town near the turn of the 20th century. Although set nearly 100 years prior, America still felt young and on the verge ..
When Man started to communicate, his conception of the physical world quite naturally became limited to what he was able to communicate. He thus became part of a new kind of “reality” as an individual, who could be called upon to act in a responsible, predictable way. Behavior, in short, became personality – or ..
The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are ..
In less than two months the core of the artistic family of film will descend upon the Cote D’Azure to join in the most prestigious film festival in the world. The relaxed attitude and beautiful scenery combine for an event that reveres not just the brilliant past of film, but the incredibly exciting future ..
Twenty years ago we saw the first flip phone, Deep Blue became the first computer to beat a Grand Master at Chess, and the ‘Macarena’ was finally ending it’s reign of terror on the Billboard Charts and children’s birthday parties. It was also a trying time for the LGBT community and arguably ..
The one certainty in life is of course death, and as such, it is hardly surprising that a genre as preoccupied with the subject as horror should frequently produce films in which the loss of a loved one provides a starting point, and indeed major plot impetus for the narrative. Supernatural horror films, which by ..
We all know the movie shark. The ruthless killer munching on innocent humans. But what about the real shark? Here marine science researcher for Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Paul J. Clerkin shares some information about the diversity of this amazing species. You can follow Paul J. Clerkin on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pauljclerkin or ..
by Bernice M. Murphy, Trinity College, Dublin. The Suburban Gothic sub-genre, in which we find dramatized anxieties and preoccupations arising from unease associated with the post-World War II mass-suburbanisation of the United States, is one of the most fascinating and important varieties of modern American horror. This is in part because it provides a means ..
Horror films are about as old as the film medium itself. One of the first moving pictures produced was Thomas Edison’s short adaptation of Frankenstein (1910). Horror is also one of the most consistently popular and profitable film genres—horror films grossed more than ten billion dollars in the period 1995-2014. A former student of mine, ..