The Color of Blood: Why Gore’s Hue Might Affect Cinematic Believability

Does the color of blood in a violent scene affect a movie’s credibility? I’ve been asking this question for a while after mulling a variety of great films that feature unrealistic-looking hemo-splatter yet remain some of the most believable pictures of all time. The Godfather (1972) has a scene in which the crime-family head Vito…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Celebrating 60 Years

It’s odd how sometimes, out of commercial considerations rather than artistic ones, great pieces of art can be forged that leave a lasting impact on the human psyche. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, for example, was a contractual piece written without warmth by the composer. David Lean chose to make Lawrence of Arabia over Gandhi because he…

By Jeffrey DeCristofaro

Reflecting on the Saw Series: A Cut Above or a Bloody Mess?

My daddy, before going off to parts unknown, left me with two warnings about life. The first, as you probably could guess, was to never get involved in a land war in Asia. The second was to never trust the title “Final Chapter” when it is applied to a popular film franchise. With news cropping…

By Jonathan Eig

The Babadook: The Finest Australian Horror Film Ever Made?

Let’s get this out of the way right now – The Babadook is almost certainly the finest Australian horror film I’ve ever seen. First time feature film director, Jennifer Kent, has created a devastating vision of a single-mother, haunted by the death of her husband, in what may or may not be a state of…

By James Curnow

Scary Movies: 11 Classic Films to Watch on Halloween

With Halloween on the horizon, I thought it might be a good time to revisit a number of classic flicks that would be appropriate to view on the holiday. All of these movies rely on atmosphere to underscore their frissons, providing sufficient creepiness for the occasion. Some of them are more well known than others,…

By Simon Hardy Butler

Great Horrors: Ten horror classics you might have missed

The horror genre promises more than any other in respect to emotive impact, and for this reason it is probably the genre in which failure is most common (along with comedy, perhaps). Horror films are very rarely actually scary, and worse than this, they are usually appallingly made. In fact, horror is one of the…

By James Curnow