Stephen King IT

Movie review: What ‘It’ gets right and wrong

Stephen King’s It was first and foremost a coming of age story that utilised its horror elements as a metaphor for the traumas of childhood and adolescence, and it is in reflecting this human element that Andy Muschietti’s new film adaptation truly excels. Unfortunately, he isn’t as successful in taking the novel’s antagonist and turning him/it…

By James Curnow
Goodfellas

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
Swamp Thing

5 Classic Monster Movies That Are So Bad They’re Good

Monster movies haven’t always had a good run. For much of Hollywood’s history, we’ve been presented with bad stories, poor funding and somewhat terrible special effects. Rarely do films in this genre get the same kind of love you find in superhero films or war movies. But sometimes they get something right. Every now and…

By Isa
Boxing Helena

Revisiting Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s ‘Boxing Helena’

David Lynch is an undeniable master of his craft, a true maverick and one the greatest surrealist filmmakers of all time. In 1993 his daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, would attempt to follow in his footsteps with her bizarre and disturbing directorial debut, Boxing Helena. However, after a harsh critical response and poor box office returns…

By Corin Totin
Fellini's Satyricon

Off the Halloween Path: 13 Non-Traditional Movies to Watch on All Hallows’ Eve

Come October 31, I’ll be watching a film that’s not in the horror genre. That’s right—despite the long-standing tradition of viewing scary movies on Halloween, I’ll be devoting myself to another pastime: seeing a flick that incites emotions other than fear. Granted, it’ll be hard to find one of those on the telly come month’s…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Saw

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