Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: <em>The Strangers</em>
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Leaving the Lights On…Permanently: The Strangers

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy Audiences look for the safety nets in horror films. The use of daylight, heightened musical tones, and telling dialogue has all been used to warn of impending dangers. This way, audiences have a system of defense against the … Continue reading

Budgeting Fear: Review of Suspiria
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Budgeting Fear: Review of Suspiria

Horror website Bloody Disgusting published an article about scrapping the remake of Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Potential director David Gordon Green cited his vision as being too expensive for big screen adaptation. Big budget visions are strange for low budget scares. Suspiria director Argento didn’t waste money in monster creation or lavish scares. He wanted a … Continue reading

And That’s Why They Tell You to Avoid Bedford: Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock
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And That’s Why They Tell You to Avoid Bedford: Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy. The small town mentality is a staple fear in horror films. A Nightmare on Elm Street used a dream killer to shatter suburban expectations. The Wicker Man used a giant wooden statue to make an island existence terrifying. … Continue reading

Malleable Expectations: Oldboy
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Malleable Expectations: Oldboy

This post is part of The Moviola’s Friday column The Moviola Horror Corner, hosted by Meaghan Clohessy. Last month, the trailer was released for the remake of Chan Wook Park’s Oldboy. The trailer promises an existential revenge thriller while attracting audiences with the performances of veteran actors such as Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. … Continue reading

Informing the Present: House on Haunted Hill
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Informing the Present: House on Haunted Hill

This post is part of the our weekly horror film column, The Moviola Horror Corner.  The success of James Wan’s The Conjuring has signaled a shift in horror. Popular horror films are departing from the gritty and postmodern, focusing instead on the stylistic direction of horror legend William Castle. Eerie music, audience participation, hilarious gimmicks? … Continue reading