Tag: Horror

Annabelle: Creation is Engaging and Spooky

Overview: 12 years after the loss of their child, a couple turn their haunted farmhouse into an orphanage. 2017; Warner Bros.; Rated R; 109 minutes The Switch: Is it too early to coin the term “Flanaganed”? Last year, Ouija: Origin of Evil won our hearts as the Most Improved Horror Franchise thanks to a surprisingly strong followup to its dead on arrival predecessor, Ouija. This was largely due to director Mike Flanagan, who took the dismal story and, by creating a prequel, salvaged the ideas that were muddled and lost in the first. It may seem unfair to bring...

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New on Netflix Instant Streaming: The Transfiguration Explores Black Mental Illness Through Vampirism

Originally published on August 4, 2017. The Transfiguration is now available on Amazon Prime’s streaming service. Overview: A black teenager with an irresistible urge and a fascination with vampires meets a troubled girl who changes his self-perspective. Strand Releasing; 2017; NR; 97 minutes. Lost Boy: When we first meet Milo (Eric Ruffin) he’s sucking blood out of a dead man’s neck in a subway bathroom stall. It’s a grisly first encounter that quickly forfeits any notion that this film will toy with the with ‘is he or isn’t he a vampire?’ Milo believes he’s a vampire, and that’s what...

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A Ghost Story and The Weight of Time

Earlier this year, I read Richard McGuire’s graphic novel Here. It’s a book entirely composed of drawings of a particular space, depicted from the beginning of time to far in the future. One page will show a man in 2005 taking care of his father in his living room, for example, and the next page will show a Native American shooting an arrow, hundreds of years in the past, but in the same spot. One page shows a holographic woman in 2213 teaching a group of tourists about the technology people used centuries ago, and another shows the Earth...

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A Ghost Story and The Importance of Seeking Closure

David Lowery’s latest film, A Ghost Story, is out now in theaters and I cannot urge you enough to go see if you haven’t already. It is one of the most unique films I’ve ever seen to feature ghosts and envision what it might be like on the other side of death. At least emotionally, I imagine that we don’t wear bed sheets with scissor cut holes for eyes as we wonder about finding our place in the afterlife. It sounds silly on the surface, and I’d like be lying if I said I didn’t chuckle at it initially...

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Nightmother’s Unholy Matrimony – August 2017

Welcome back! Let’s eat. Something Old: Dolls (1987) Slow days at work mean I get to trawl the horror section to watch whatever lies at the bottom of the genre barrel – or, more usually, hidden gems that sit in my blind spot. I peeked at the cover of Dolls a few weeks ago on a slow day at work – “They walk, they talk, they kill.” – and put it on in the background. Whenever my I glanced at the screen, something wacky caught my eye. The moment I saw a child’s teddy bear come to life and...

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