Monthly Archives October 2019

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: THE SWERVE Is A Haunting And Beautiful Examination Of Mental Illness

In the past few years, the phrase “psychological horror” has been getting thrown around a lot, with critics applying to films like It Follows, Get Out, The Witch, and even It. Most of the time it seems to be something of a catch-all for a horror film that operates outside the box; and people unfamiliar with the genre cannot comprehend a horror film doing so, thus they fall back on calling it “psychological horror” because it sounds fancy. But rarely does a horror film that is referred to as such actually rely on psychology to generate the feeling of horror,
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Brooklyn Horror Film fest: PORNO Nails the ‘Film Within a Film’ Genre

Director Keola Racela’s feature debut, Porno, grabbed me pretty much instantly with the plot summary on the Brooklyn Horror Fest site: “For a staff of Christian teenage theater workers in 1992, their Friday night crew screening options are between A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, ENCINO MAN or a mysterious old film reel they found in the basement. After convincing their projectionist Heavy Metal Jeff to load up the mystery film, the teens are entranced by a ritualistic erotic art film, mistakenly unleashing a sex demon in the process. They’ll have to keep their raging hormones in check as they battle
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Cine-Ween: “HAROLD…THEY’RE VAMPIRES”

I recently began revisiting the Universal horror classics, as many do around Halloween. However, rather than watching Tod Browning’s Dracula from 1931 for the hundredth time, I decided to watch 1936’s Dracula’s Daughter. I hadn’t seen it before, but it didn’t take long for me to understand why it was notable in its context as a female-led horror film. In her titular role as Dracula’s daughter, Countess Marya Zaleska acts as our villain. Unlike her father, she struggles internally with her identity as a vampire. One the one hand, she must indulge her need to find prey. On the other
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Cine-Ween: The Twin Seductions of Romance and Horror

The door that creaks; the echoing footfall. A chiming grandfather clock in the hall. It’s the root of so many horror books and films that we rarely give attention to it:  The house, the home, the center of a woman’s life for thousands and thousands of years. When one begins to tackle the tropes of what I think of as “domestic horror”– specifically, a woman being both physically and psychologically harmed, at home, by a partner or entity– it’s the home and family setting that makes the story all the more threatening.  It has left me to wonder: on the
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CINE-WEEN: “What’s The Most Terrifying Thing You’ve Seen in a Movie?”

Fear. It’s what drives the horror genre. It’s what vicious killers feed off of in horror movies. It’s what gets your adrenaline up when you’re watching something truly frightening, ideally at night with the lights off. For the Halloween season, the spookiest time of the year, I asked various makers and shakers this question: What is the most terrifying thing you’ve ever seen in a film? For me, there’s a long list. I was obsessed with horror films as a kid, but was also a giant crybaby who scared pretty easily. My dad would consistently terrorize me with his impressions
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(CINE-WEEN) My First Fantastic Fest Was Insane, Now Please Let Me Sleep

Film festivals be crazy – have you been to one? The first day you’re all chill in your fave outfit or coolest shirt, your tote/jean jacket/etc. littered with your most prized enamel pins, super psyched for the experience to come. It’s all positivity and rays of light – all the dope shit you’re gonna watch, dope people you’re gonna meet, dope filmmakers you’re gonna hear during Q&A’s. You vow to go to bed early, wake up with the sun for the first press screening (at 8 in the morning, oh boy). You make a promise to yourself that you’ll eat
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