Halloween (1978)
Film / Horror

Halloween (1978)

After Psycho (1960) and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Halloween is the third key title in the development of the slasher film and is perhaps the most important. Both Hitchcock and Hooper’s films spawned imitators, but nothing like Halloween, which not only saved the apparently moribund slasher from obscurity but also rejuvenated the entire … Continue reading

Eden Lake (2008)
Film / Horror

Eden Lake (2008)

Post-Millennial British horror didn’t come more problematic than James Watkins’ Eden Lake (2000), the directorial debut of the co-writer of My Little Eye (2002) and Gone (2007) and writer of The Descent 2 (2009). This grisly tale of working-class-kids-gone-bad pushed a number of buttons, not always ones that perhaps needed to be pressed, and ended … Continue reading

Phenomena (1985)
Film / Horror

Phenomena (1985)

At the time of its release, Phenomena was greeted with a rousing chorus of disapproval, even from Argento’s most die hard supporters. In retrospect, this disapproval seems unjust for although Phenomena is a damn silly film, it’s also entirely consistent with Argento’s then current preoccupations and was, in many ways, a logical if rather hard … Continue reading

Tenebre (1982)
Film / Horror

Tenebre (1982)

As far removed from the Technicolor phantasmagoria of Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980) as it was possible to get, Tenebre marked Dario Argento’s dazzling return to the gialli that made his name a decade earlier. More concerned than his other films with sex, transgenderism and body dysmorphia, and filmed in a blinding chiaroscuro, it is … Continue reading