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    CIFF: “Miss Julie” and “The Editor”

    Here are two films from the Chicago International Film Festival that couldn’t be more different. First is Miss Julie, based on the play of the same title by August Strindber, directed by Liv Ullmann and stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and a pug. The general plot is simple, but the drama and themes, are […] More

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    Witchcraft Wednesdays: ‘Suspiria’ feels just as exhilaratingly nightmarish today

    Suzy manages to hail a cab after arriving in Munich, rain pouring down like the gods are dumping giant buckets of it onto her. It sounds like the apocalypse is happening all around, not least because of Goblin’s typically menacing score, which we are hearing for the first time. A McDonald’s visible in the distance, she pushes her way through the rain in order to yell down a cab and get inside (after the driver refuses to come outside and get her bags). She wipes herself off, reds and blues washing over her and the car. She tells the driver where to go (with some difficulty), then she’s off to the dance academy, with many different vibrant colors flashing through the cab and the thunder crashing all around. This is our introduction to Suzy Bannion. This is Suspiria. More

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    The Art of Witchcraft

      With the eve when the veils between worlds is at its thinnest around the corner, it’s difficult not to think of the day’s most prominently featured figure: the witch. Below is an essential viewing list, ranging in genre and targeted age group, of filmic work that showcase witches (loosely defined for our purposes) and […] More

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    31 Days of Horror: (Giallo) — Bava and Hitchcock

    The etymologic history of the giallo sub-genre is well-documented by now. Giallo, Italian for yellow, refers to the cheap mystery books that at least partially inspired a cross-section of gruesome murder films from the likes of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci.  Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much from 1963 is commonly referenced […] More

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    A Revved-Up Chick Flick

    Death Proof Written by Quentin Tarantino Directed by Quentin Tarantino 2007, USA **Contains Spoilers*** Tarantino’s many skills set him apart from other auteurs working in the film industry today, but none of them dominate in his work as much as his ability to seamlessly weave his narratives through genre/sub-genre mash-ups. The Nouvelle Vague coolness and […] More

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    Rutger Hauer Teams Up With Dario Argento

    Rutger Hauer has reportedly been cast as Van Helsing in Dario Argento’s upcoming Dracula 3D. As much as I like the actor, I am not sure if this is good news. It’s been years since Dario Argento made a film worth watching. In fact his last two movies, Giallo and Mother of Tears both made […] More

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    Michele Soavi plans “Cemetery Man” sequel and more!

    Reportedly Michele Soavi, the director behind Dellamorte Dellamore, released as Cemetery Man, is preparing to return to the filmmaking, starting with a sequel to his widely acclaimed 1994 Italian horror/comedy. Soavi has been credited as almost single-handedly continuing the traditions of Italian horror in the 1990s, but stayed away from the genre for quite a […] More

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    “Amer” & “Tenebrae” Double Bill

    London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts recently hosted a murderous double bill to celebrate the imminent Blu-Ray release of 2009’s postmodern Giallo homage Amer, directed by real world couple Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, both of whom were on hand to provide an insightful Q&A session after the screening, alongside a rare projection of the 1982 […] More

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