The Innocents (1961)

While horror literature itself dates back before the birth of Christ, the roots of gothic horror are much more contemporary. The Castle of Otranto was published in 1764 by Horace Walpole, and is generally considered where the supernatural mixes with themes from the Romantic era. Some of the heavy hitters of this genre are famous … Continue reading The Innocents (1961)

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Mandy (2018)

If you’re unfamiliar with the director Panos Cosmatos, hunt down Beyond the Black Rainbow. If you can endure both its glacial pace and the incredibly disturbing imagery, then you have a good idea of what you can expect from Mandy, the other half of Cosmatos’ short filmography. There’s no better test of a horror movie … Continue reading Mandy (2018)

Night Mother

My mother died in November of 2014. Immediately I began looking to hear her voice again. Twenty-one months later, I had published my first book, but I was still struggling to get the answers that I was seeking. All I had was a handful of notebooks, a collection of assignments from various evangelical programs, with … Continue reading Night Mother

1961 Index

Curse of the Werewolf Homicidal The Innocents Mr. Sardonicus The Pit and the Pendulum Taste of Fear Best Non-Horror of 1961 It goes without saying that Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Usually the first films that come up when you say his name are Rashomon or The Seven Samurai, … Continue reading 1961 Index

Apostle (2018)

Maybe it’s because 2018 has been such a weird year for politics, but I can’t help noticing just how many movies I’ve come across this year that are about cults. Apostle marks the fourth. Even crazier is that I’ve yet to have a bad experience. Last year’s The Void was your typical Lovecraftian stuff, and … Continue reading Apostle (2018)