Genre In Film, a Coming of Age?

At one time a fan would be hard pressed to find a big-named actor at the height of his or her career in a genre film. Mostly actors whose faces were associated with genre were cast in genre — Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, etc. Oh sure, there […]

The Family Perspective

Sometimes re-examining films and fiction through a different lens opens up new interpretations and deepens appreciation. While looking for subtext, intentional and unintentional, may seem like a good deal of work for little pay-off, it can provoke surprising and worthwhile connections—or one might just end up with such trains of thought as: “Is Superman faster […]

James Cameron at TED

James Cameron has given much to the world of genre. His 1984 low-budget science fiction thriller, Terminator, spawned a franchise and helped solidify the star status of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Working with other talents. After working on several other successful genre films, he produced one of the most successful motion pictures of all time—Titanic. This blockbuster […]

Review: Last Man On Earth

Fans of survival fiction are quick to note the influence of Romero’s Night of the Living Dead on the survival fiction genre, both in film and literature, since its 1969 release. However, too often, many fans of the that release have not seen its predecessor, The Last Man On Earth (1964), starring Vincent Price and […]

Looking Back at Die, Monster, Die!

Earlier, we discussed the first Lovecraftian work to be translated to film: “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” The film was, of course, The Haunted Palace, directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. At that time we made the argument that few, if any, of the major studio films based on Lovecraft’s writings have […]

Looking back at The Haunted Palace

Mention director Roger Corman and horror fans immediately and correctly start thinking about the late Vincent Price. Together they gave us such Sixties cult classics as The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Tomb of Ligea, and of course, H.P. Lovecraft’s The Haunted Palace.

Wait. Weren’t all those aforementioned films […]

Movie Review: Let the Right One In

Genre: Horror

Rating: R for some bloody violence including disturbing images, brief nudity and language.

Feature Running Time: 115 minutes

Cast: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

Studio: EFTI

Whenever a film makes the leap across borders, fans have a right to be nervous. Was Point of No Return as good as the original Le Femme Nikita? […]

DVD Review: Daybreakers

Genre: Horror

Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and brief nudity

Feature Running Time: 98 minutes

Studio: Lionsgate

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Claudia Karvan

DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

The fact that Daybreakers sped from theater screens to DVD release in four months should be enough to throw […]