Category: Horror

Knut Osa Greger as Santa Claus in Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Rare Exports

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     6 December     Saint Nicholas dies, 343AD On this day in 343AD (or CE if you prefer), Nikolaos of Myra died. Born in 270AD, in Patara, Greece, to rich parents, Nikolaos was a devout

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Gemma Arterton in Byzantium


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     26 November     Vlad the Impaler becomes ruler of Wallachia for third time, 1476 On this day in 1476, Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia became ruler of Wallachia for the third time. His father,

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Artwork for the original poster of The Raven

The Raven

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 November     Boris Karloff born, 1887 On this day in 1887, the great horror actor Boris Karloff was born. Disappointingly, his birth name was William Henry Pratt and he wasn’t born in some

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Divine in Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     19 October     Divine born, 1945 On this day in 1945, Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, was born, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Six months older than fellow Baltimore native John Waters, he became involved

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Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw in Jaws


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     18 October     Moby-Dick published, 1851 On this day in 1851, Herman Melville published what is considered to be one of the great American novels, about the elemental struggle between one Captain Ahab and

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Srdjan Todorovic in A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     08 September     Stephen Dusan declares himself King of Serbia, 1331   On this day in 1331, after a brief war with his father, Stephen Dusan, aged 23, tall, handsome, intelligent and of “kingly

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Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth and Katie Aselton in Black Rock

Black Rock

    Three young women are chased around an island by three crazed ex-soldier guys in Katie Aselton’s boo-goes-there horror story which would slot nicely into the big book of feminist films if it weren’t for the gratuitous (oh come on) nudity. Not that there’s anything wrong with god-given nakedness.

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Silje Reinåmo as mythical creature Thale


    So here we are in the middle of August and I still think that Thale is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. I must have watched it back in February. I’ve probably watched between 130 and 150 films since. So why has it stuck in

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Max Schreck as Nosferatu


Murnau’s 1922 silent expressionist classic is one of defining moments in movie-making. It borrowed its story wholesale from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, gave it the lightest of resprays and hoped no one would notice the theft. Bram Stoker’s widow noticed and sued for breach of copyright, won the case and had

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Daniel Cosgrove in They Crawl

They Crawl

    Yes, They Nest was a stupid film, but it did at least have a couple of very good squirmy moments – stuff we felt if not privileged to have seen, then at least slightly sickened by. They Crawl, I’m sad to report, doesn’t. Close reading of the credits

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