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    ‘Furious 7’ delivers your over-the-top action fix

    Big action, gravity-defying car shenanigans, and unstoppable macho energy make for a ridiculously fun ride. Yes, some sloppy editing bogs down director James Wan’s more-is-more finale, but that’s only in comparison to the other set pieces, which are damn near flawless. Fans of the action genre will want to catch this one early and often. More

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    ‘Furious 7’ releases its first trailer

    The Fast and Furious franchise, which began in 2001 with The Fast and the Furious, has been a curious anomaly in film history, as the series has grown in popularity and critical acclaim throughout its run. The last film saw notable changes being made, as stars Gal Gadot and Sung Kang stepped away from the […] More

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    Trailer: ‘The Conjuring’ spinoff ‘Annabelle’

    Last year’s The Conjuring, directed by James Wan, was a massive success, both critically and commercially. Of course it’s no surprise that after grossing over $300 million worldwide that Warner Brothers has quickly turned The Conjuring into a franchise with a spin-off film, Annabelle, directed by Conjuring’s cinematographer John R. Leonetti and James Wan producing. With the new official trailer for […] More

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    15 Best Horror Films of 2013 (Top 5)

    Special Mention: Post Tenebras Lux Written and directed by Carlos Reygadas Mexico, 2012 Mexican director Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Silent Light) seems inches away from producing his masterpiece. His latest, Post Tenebras Lux (the title is a Latin phrase meaning “after darkness, light”), opens with two of the most unforgettable, ominous images in recent memory. The first is a […] More

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    31 Days of Horror: Jump Scares, Twists & A Genre in Decline

    There’s a wonderfully maddening moment early on in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining where Danny Torrance is perusing the corridors of the Overlook hotel on his tricycle. He swings round corners, the camera obsessively following him in a locked in third person perspective angle. The skin crawling score by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind swells up […] More

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    ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is a dreadful, tension-free mess and an unnecessary continuation

    Insidious: Chapter 2 joins the less than stellar ranks of films like The Descent: Part 2 in being an immediate continuation of a horror film that, though ending with a looming threat, did not call for a sequel. After a prologue set in 1986, the film kicks off on the night its predecessor ended, with Rose Byrne’s Renai Lambert questioned by police over the supernatural events that led to the murder by strangulation of psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). More

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    Sunday Shorts: ‘Saw’, directed by James Wan

    Today’s film is the 2003 short Saw. The film is written by Leigh Whannell, who also stars, and is directed by James Wan. Wan rose to prominence as director of the 2004 feature Saw, which follows the same concept as this short film, and whose success went on to create a new horror franchise. Wan […] More

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    ‘The Conjuring’ and Fantasia Film Fest 2013 – Sordid Cinema Podcast #62

    Long live James Wan: the undisputed box-office king of mainstream horror (Insidious, Saw, Dead Silence) is only accelerating, with the critical and commercial success of The Conjuring presaging his insidious sequel later this year. The film also graced the early days of the Fantasia Film Festival, where it was joined by reams of other like-minded genre outings from all […] More

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    ‘The Conjuring’ a relentlessly scary, exhausting haunted-house experience

    A door slowly creaks open, nudged from its closed position by a slight gust of wind. The wooden structure of an old farmhouse settles at inopportune moments, expanding and retracting minutely with unexpected knocks echoing through its halls. A shadow crosses through the moonlight that shines onto a bedroom floor, nestling itself just underneath the mattress, waiting to leap out and terrorize the bed’s resident, a helpless child. More

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