Tag: Halloween

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Review: Ouija

It’s Halloween, and that can only mean one thing: another run-of-the-mill horror film bastardised by the all-engulfing Hollywood machine. For almost a decade, the coveted release date has been taken over by both the Saw and Paranormal Activity sequels. But this year, with the supposed end of the Saw series and Paramount having been unable…

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The Alternative Guide to Halloween

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2011) Bold and hypnotic, Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet rework the stylistic conventions of the giallo in their new film far more suited towards an art installation than commercial cinema. Following a man who searches for his missing wife within his labyrinthine apartment building, the film may lack a…

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Monster Mix

Talking Heads Psycho Killer A staple on any great Halloween playlist, this cutting from Talking Heads’ seminal debut retains its sick, twisted charm even today. The acclaimed New York art-rockers were always capable of creating atmospheric, spikey pop songs at their best, and there’s something about the way David Byrne sings “Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que…

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Why Do We Watch Horror Films?

Horror is one of the most enduringly popular genres of cinema and has been from the very start. Glancing over lists of highest grossing films by year, it is inevitable that behind the barrage of superhero and animation features, a litter of twisted flicks will prove to be some of the biggest earners and local…


Sexy or Scary?

As Mean Girls famously put it, ‘in Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total sl*t’. But what is it about this day which evokes the desire to dress seductively? Traditionally, Halloween is a festival celebrated to ward off death and in doing so, pay…

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