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    published June 11, 2014

    It’s the age of mash-ups: Characters from Frozen dance to “Thriller” on YouTube, and grafting Star Wars onto Dr. Who has become... More >>

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    Rigor Mortis Attempts to Breathe Grim Life Into Horror Genre

    published June 4, 2014

    Horror genres tend to get sillier over time as we get more comfortable with our fears. Frankenstein eventually meets Abbot and Costello.... More >>

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    The Sacrament Restages the Jonestown Massacre with Ghoulish Immediacy

    published June 4, 2014

    Restaging the 1978 Jonestown massacre for a present-day suspense movie is by most definitions tasteless, although The Sacrament infuses... More >>

  • D’OH! OR DIE

    published June 4, 2014

    “Maggie is the silent type; she’s the one who pulled the trigger.” So says Luke Ski’s novelty tune, “88 Lines About... More >>

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    Feudal Revenge Drama Age of Uprising Favors Reflection Over Violence

    published May 28, 2014

    With a premise like Rob Roy and a title like a video game, one might expect Arnaud des Pallières's Age of Uprising: The Legend... More >>


    published May 28, 2014

    Among other treats, gastro-theater Nitehawk Cinema mixes up a rummy cocktail called The Driver. It’s named after a Ryan Gosling role (guess... More >>


    published May 21, 2014

    The “Goldilocks zone” is the fanciful term astronomers have adopted for the area around a star that’s not too hot, and not too... More >>


    published May 14, 2014

    Andy Warhol’s initial image of what came to be The Chelsea Girls was a cartoon on a napkin of a divided movie screen, with a B... More >>


    published May 7, 2014

    Proto-punks, post-hippies, deadheads, druggies, and hungry folks of every stripe populate Mimi Pond’s new graphic novel memoir, Over... More >>


    published April 30, 2014

    Hooray for Captain Spaulding, Rufus T. Firefly, and the rest! Today kicks off Marxfest, a month-long celebration of all things Marx Brothers.... More >>


    published April 16, 2014

    No less a talent than the late master fantasy artist Frank Frazetta called Jeffrey Catherine Jones “our greatest living painter.” As... More >>

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    Found-Footage Horror Flick Happy Camp Demands You Not Think About It Too Much

    published April 2, 2014

    Found-footage horror flick Happy Camp demands you not think about it too much. For example, everyone in it remembers little... More >>


    published April 2, 2014

    The intersection of geekdom and libido has long been underestimated, but it’s our understanding that great imagination and great sex go hand... More >>

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    In Fear Traffics in Tension

    published March 5, 2014

    Haunted houses may scare kids, but adults have simpler fears. Lucy and Tom, for example, are lost. A tentative couple on their first weekend... More >>

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    A Charismatic Preacher in Religious Thriller Holy Ghost People

    published February 19, 2014

    Of all the sins a cinematic flock can forgive its preacher, vanity tops the list. While the backwoods congregation of the Church of... More >>

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    How Does Lucky Bastard Manage to Be So Good?

    published February 12, 2014

    Found-footage thrillers share a lot of qualities with "amateur" porn — handheld cameras, unscripted reactions, and a better-than-average... More >>

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    The Returned Is a Zombie Movie with Brains

    published February 12, 2014

    Welcome to the post-post-apocalypse, where the zombie virus has metastasized from horror-movie gross-out to full-blown sci-fi metaphor.... More >>


    published January 22, 2014

    Randy Blue Velvet fans, lend me your ear. The Pink Room Burlesque is once again paying tribute to David Lynch in the va-voomiest way... More >>


    published January 15, 2014

    Unlike synchronized sound in film, word balloons were seen in cartoons as early as the 18th century. Yet in the early 1900s, comics innovators... More >>

  • GMO No: Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1

    published January 8, 2014

    The original Class of Nuke 'Em High mixed fears of nuclear power into a pungent broth of New Wave teenage rebellion and gross-out FX.... More >>

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