Tagged with horror films

“Why ‘Us’ Must Be Watched More Than Once”

“Why ‘Us’ Must Be Watched More Than Once”


This is “Us,” or: This is my piece on “Us.” This my piece on what happens when “Us” is given a second viewing and how the insanity and meaning packed into its ending fundamentally changes the experience of the film. Continue reading

Be Reel Podcast: “The Horror of John Carpenter”

Be Reel Podcast: “The Horror of John Carpenter”


On episode 107 of the great, wonderful, and very good Be Reel podcast, hosted by the splendiferous Chance Solem-Pfeifer, we talked Halloween. And the Halloween franchise. And John Carpenter’s career as a whole. And “elevated” horror, a buzz phrase that nearly makes me Hulk Out™, because boy is it just the worst buzz phrase. It’s so bad I might … Continue reading

“How Dan Stevens Got Weird”

“How Dan Stevens Got Weird”


I dig Dan Stevens and I make no apologies. But I do make unexpected analogies! I remember reading, I think, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, Mick Foley’s 1999 autobiography, and I remember Foley writing about Vince McMahon’s habit of getting in the ring and taking chairs to the face and stunners … Continue reading

“The 50 Best Slasher Movies of All Time”

“The 50 Best Slasher Movies of All Time”


It’s been so long since I put together my big blurb contribution for Paste Magazine‘s list of the 50 best slasher movies of all time (of all time!) that I actually…forgot we hadn’t yet published it. But we hadn’t! And now we have! I wrote about Tenebrae, the Dario Argento meta classic, and you’ll also see re-ups … Continue reading

Review: The First Purge, 2018, dir. Gerard McMurray

Review: The First Purge, 2018, dir. Gerard McMurray


Fourth verse, same as the first, a little bit better, but it couldn’t be worse. Okay, okay. Fine. I’ll stop ragging on The Purge, the first movie in the Purge franchise, and start praising The First Purge, the fourth movie in the Purge franchise, even though The First Purge lags behind The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. Parts of The First Purge … Continue reading