Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

To the Devil… a Daughter was one of the biggest hits Hammer Film Productions had enjoyed in years at the time of its 1976 release. Paradoxically, it’s also more or less the film that finally killed Hammer off. The studio hung around in a tattered way for a few years before disappearing: it managed to […]

A review requested by Rob Graham, with thanks for contributing to the Second Quinquennial Antagony & Ecstasy ACS Fundraiser. I’m tempted to say that Messiah of Evil is good, but only by accident. Or good, but notΒ  on purpose. These are silly thoughts, of course: other than a very few heavily ironic examples, nobody starts […]

We’re so far along the hype/anti-hype/counter-anti-hype path in regards to The Witch, a year and more after it was the toast of Sundance 2015, that I really don’t know what we’re “meant” to think about it at this point. I am merely content to therefore claim that I really liked it, anyway. And I do […]

There is an exact line of descent, and it curls around the spine of the early ’70s Zeitgeist like smoke coiling over a burning log. First there was Rosemary’s Baby, the book, and it got people talking, and then it begat Rosemary’s Baby the movie, and it was an explosive moment. The story of a […]

1968, the bright dividing line between contemporary and classic horror – in the autumn of that year, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead brought terrifyingly explicit violence and gore to the genre and things change forever. But that groundbreaking horror classic was beat to theaters by a few months by a film whose […]

There have been a fair number of reviewers comparing Devil’s Due with Rosemary’s Baby, which is fair on the grounds that none of the glut of “pregnant with Satan’s baby” movies made in the intervening 46 years have penetrated remotely as far into the cultural consciousness; but subgenre is absolutely the only the thing that […]

Part of the Italian Horror Blogathon at Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies Michele Soavi only made four horror films in a career that wasn’t very long (he took many years off to care for his unwell son), which surely explains why his profile isn’t higher. There’s no good argument, certainly not one based on those of […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: ghosts in a haunted house, demonic possession, it’s all fair game in The Conjuring, a giddy old ghost story […]

It is not, I gather, the fashion to be very enthusiastic about The Lords of Salem. Of course, it’s not really the fashion to be enthusiastic about horror movies in general, but even in the forgiving, self-selecting world of horror lovers, Rob Zombie’s fifth film has been greeted with more than its share of hostile […]

The Last Exorcism was a ramshackle old thing, with some very clear charms: it had more conceptual integrity than a lot of found-footage horror, and while it was hardly a powerhouse of complex themes, it was a least trying to raise questions rather than just rely on jump cuts and musical stings to keep the […]

No good reason that this should be a morning-after review, except that I didn’t end up having time to review it on actual Fake Mayan Apocalypse Day. There have been few moments that bonded me as permanently to the friends I shared that moment with as the first time I watched the trailer for Megiddo: […]

How right it is to celebrate Apocalypse Day, 21 December 2012, with a movie about the grandpappy of all apocalypses, the one that gave us the very word itself. For “apocalypse” does not come from any source referring to widespread destruction, be it in the form of meteors or tidal waves or carnivorous rabbits; it’s […]