Here in the States it's time to celebrate that colonialist fantasy holiday known as Thanksgiving. Appropriately, I'd like to offer some recommended viewing for you. Ya know, when you're not stuffing your face with turkey, carbs, and pie. Blood Rage (1987) has become a beloved cult classic in recent years, since it started showing up … Continue reading Blood Rage: It’s Not Cranberry Sauce!
There have been plenty of bad girls we secretly/not-so-secretly like throughout the history of horror cinema. Chris Hargensen in Carrie (1976), with her potty mouth, irrational hatred for Carrie White, and the god damn bucket of pig's blood, is probably the gold standard, and rightly so. As much as I absolutely love Nancy Allen's performance, … Continue reading Bad Girls We Love: Wendy from Prom Night
This essay was first published at my old site, in substantially different form, a few years ago. I watched Pieces again recently and felt the need to expand on that post. Few cult films remain as notorious as Juan Piquer Simon's Pieces (1982). It was seized and confiscated in the UK during the infamous video … Continue reading From the Vault: Pieces
Wolf (1994) is a perennial favorite, a film I’ve been revisiting once or twice a year for a long time now. I suppose that makes it a comfort film, too. My first viewing was in the theater in 1994 and, to paraphrase Rene Zellweger in Jerry Maguire, Wolf had me at hello. The story of … Continue reading Unleashing the Wolf
The legend of Lou Reed's Berlin (1973), the brutal concept album about the disintegration of a marriage, goes something like this: coming off his first big solo success with Transformer (1972), Reed and producer Bob Ezrin inexplicably set out to make "the most depressing album of all time." And if you know (and love) Berlin … Continue reading Possession