Reviews

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    “Not Your Grandmother’s ‘Vengeful Spirit'”
    By Jon Timmons on Jul 31st 2020
    The thing you have to understand about the 1998 Japanese horror film Ringu is that it isn’t about revenge. It isn’t about writing a wrong or having vengeance on those who have harmed. It is, as stated by horror academic Katarzyna Ancuta in her article “Ringu and the Vortex of Horror: Contemporary Japanese Horror and …
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    “It’s Called The Exorcist not The Possessed”
    By Jon Timmons on Jul 14th 2020
    Understanding the fact that The Exorcist is fundamentally about the individual of Father Karras, who is the titular exorcist in the film, is central to full appreciating the film as a work of art. This small fact may seem either pedantic or obvious, but it is worth noting due to the film itself running contrary …
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    Just What is a Cult Horror Film?: Or A Vacation to the South is Kinda Like a Descent Into the Underworld
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 30th 2020
    The Evil Dead might be the quintessential cult horror film. I’m sure there are some that came before and some that have come after, maybe you could argue with me that those films better embody the definition of “a cult film.” But I know that for me, this movie was the first I heard referred to …
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    The Nightmare is the Universality of the Surrealist Slasher
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 26th 2020
    It seems like every horror movie, when described by some sort of critic, is valued only for its originality. More than any other genre, horror films tends to be lambasted for being copy cats. The irony is, of course, that the creators of these sorts of movies may be the the most prolific mimics working …
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    Fury (2014)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 19th 2020
    Fury? That is a war movie not a horror movie. That might technically be a little true, but this film is almost portrayed as a monster film wearing the skin of a war movie. In this film, a tank crew who have grown close — more than brothers — through their shared trauma battle their …
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    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 18th 2020
    Dawn of the Dead is George A. Romero’s zombie-splattering follow-up to Night of the Living Dead. It takes the premise of the end of the world through the uprising of corpses in the form of a Zombie Apocalypse, and shows these consequences on a world of the 70s — a time of increasing racial tensions …
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    Parasite (2019)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 17th 2020
    I have to start with the caveat that I don’t really feel this is a true horror movie. I see it categorized as such so I thought I would review it here. This is a film from Bong Joon-Hoo, a master of Korean cinema. His films The Host, Snowpiercer, and Memories of Murder are some …
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    The Invisible Man (2020)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 17th 2020
    This is a remake, so I can’t say it is wholly original, but it is not just a rehashing of the old premise. It is a re-imagining. The character work here is amazing, the villain well-realized, terrifying, and interesting. This film works in 2020 amazingly-well. The horror here is in the toxic-masculinity relationship the protagonist …
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    Life (2017)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 17th 2020
    Well performed, well cast, well produced film. Feels a bit like Gravity by way of Alien. In some ways it is a little reductive. It feels very familiar to these isolated space movies with aliens and astronauts and scientists. This does have the boon of having Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, who are charming as ever. …
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    We Summon the Darkness (2019)
    By Jon Timmons on Jun 17th 2020
    Interesting movie with a unique premise. Set during the heyday of satanic panic and metal music. Strong female characters. Likable dynamics between them. Decent twist. Ultimately nothing amazingly memorable but it is fun and charming in a way. If you are looking for screams, this is not the right film, though. More fun than anything.