The Astronaut’s Wife

I recently watched The Astronaut’s Wife after not having seen it for ten years and I am happy to report that the film holds up extremely well.  Mixing genre conventions is always a tricky business, but writer-director Rand Ravich manages to make the sci-fi/thriller hybrid work.  Let’s start with the thriller conventions.  Ravich wrings every … More The Astronaut’s Wife

Demon

“The return of the repressed” is an apt description for the thematic content of countless horror films, but rarely is the idea that the traumatic past cannot be truly forgotten presented as overtly as it is in Marcin Wrona’s ghost story Demon.  English groom Piotr, played by Itay Tyran, marries Polish bride Zaneta, played by … More Demon

Alien: Covenant

A few weeks ago, I expressed my hope that Alien: Covenant would return to the “Lost Patrol Template” employed to excellent effect in the franchise’s first installment, Alien.  Alas, that didn’t happen.  Instead, Alien: Covenant gives us more of the interminable exposition that characterized Prometheus.  Who but the most obsessive of fanboys and fangirls could … More Alien: Covenant

Alien 3

Given that Alien: Covenant is coming out on Friday, I thought it would be timely to say something about one of the films in the franchise.  I chose Alien 3 because I’ve always been interested in the primary, general objection to the film at the time of its release, namely that it was “too dark.”  … More Alien 3

From Hell

Appropriating the opium dream framing device from Sergio Leoni’s Once Upon a Time in America, the Hughes Brothers serve up a druggy supernatural thriller involving Jack the Ripper, Freemasons, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Do the conspiracy theories make any sense to a sober mind? Not really. Does that matter? Not really, because the film … More From Hell

The Babadook

Social realism meets fantasy horror.  A match made in hell – which, in this case, is a very good thing.  Mister Babadook, a cardboard cut-out from a children’s book, isn’t exactly terrifying.  Neither are the other scare tactics employed by the film, which are basically the tired “things that go bump in the night” found in countless ghost … More The Babadook