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SPOOKTOBER: Day 30 — The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Highly divisive in its maybe-not-a-halloween-film-but-also-probably-not-a-christmas-film-either status, it's of this blog's opinion that any film beginning and ending in Halloweentown is definitely spooky. Tim Burton/Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a wonderfully morbid mish-mash of musical, fairy tale, and horror all... Continue Reading →

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SPOOKTOBER: Day 29 — Rope (1948)

Adapted from an old stage play by Patrick Hamilton, Hitchcock's Rope is a fiendishly clever crime-drama that bridges the gaps between theatre and cinema in the most delightful way. Melodramatic and full of witty little one-liners; it's probably one of the... Continue Reading →

SPOOKTOBER: Day 27 — A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Seamlessly blending the genres of vampire-film and western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is Ana Lily Amirpour's striking debut feature. Commenting on morality and subverting gender expectations in one swoop: it's a hauntingly beautiful film that's filled with the sort... Continue Reading →

SPOOKTOBER: Day 24 — The Evil Dead (1981)

Nestled somewhere between unsettling horror and farcical black comedy, Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is a low-budget cult classic that has divided audiences as to whether its weight lies in the former or latter genre. Ranging from goofy to ghastly, with some... Continue Reading →

An open letter to Florence

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An open letter to Florence,

I can’t really believe I’m doing this. I’d probably mock myself for doing this…. in fact I already am. But something just compelled me. Stood there in the shower, stressed and desperately trying to shake off the stress, I felt compelled to get out, full lobster, climb into bed and put this down on paper. Or electronic paper, whatever, if you’re going to be pedantic…

Adolescence and young adulthood is far from a walk in the park for anyone. Actually, its more like scrabbling up (this is the image in my head so bear with…) one of those big inflatable assault course things and it’s super soapy and slippy and there’s some bugger at the top chucking buckets of icy water in your face, consequently propelling you backwards. It’s the period when you learn who you are, or who you think you might be and…

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SPOOKTOBER: Day 23 — Get Out (2017)

One of the most talked about films of the year, Jordan Peele's writing/directing debut Get Out is an outstanding horror that mixes dark humour and social critique to create a deeply cutting exploration of contemporary race relations. Scary, (unsettlingly) funny, and... Continue Reading →

SPOOKTOBER: Day 18 — Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Making up one of the OG Universal monster movies, Jack Arnold's Creature from the Black Lagoon is an elegantly eerie little gem that more than compensates for its borderline schlock elements with its captivating visuals, to the point where it's as... Continue Reading →

SPOOKTOBER: Day 17 — The Shining (1980)

Another of the countless adaptations made from Steven King's novels, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a brilliant attempt at translating the psychological terror of its namesake novel from the written word to the screen. Albeit a much more rationalised spin on... Continue Reading →

SPOOKTOBER: Day 16 — Jaws (1975)

Not only one of the most iconic shark-centric films ever made, Steven Spielberg's Jaws is potentially one of the most perfectly crafted horror films of all time. Jammed full of the tension and frustration that comes with unbridled terror, Spielberg manages... Continue Reading →

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