Night of the Living Dead

10 Cult Classics The Critics Got Dead Wrong

Alex Cox’s odd, cool, darkly comic, and frankly brilliant Repo Man hits Blu-ray this week via the cinematic angels over at the Criterion Collection. It’s always a blast to see a movie as subversive and fun as this one getting its respect as a classic, but it’s worth noting that many of our favorite cult movies were less than beloved at the time of their release. Don’t believe us? Click through to see what some of the less enlightened critics had to say, back in the day, about Repo Man and nine more cult… Read More

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Movies That Have Lost Their Shock Value

Madonna’s 1991 tell-all film Truth or Dare arrives on Blu-ray today. The raunchy behind the scenes documentary followed the iconic pop star on her 1990 Blond Ambition tour and shocked many viewers with its frank sexuality (of the gay and straight variety). In one scene the singer simulates fellatio with a water bottle. The rest of the film continues to live up to its alternate title, In Bed with Madonna, as the star engages in other sexy games with her dancers. Truth or Dare became the highest grossing documentary of its time, raking in over $29 million worldwide.

Could Madge’s movie manage to drum up the same kind of controversy today? With the passing of 1990’s AIDS anxiety, gay culture more openly celebrated, pop stars like Lady Gaga spooking the masses, and celebrity sex tapes and iPhone smut making the rounds, what’s a girl in a cone-shaped bra to do? We wanted to look back at other movies that have lost their shock value, and tried to figure out why these once controversial efforts have since cooled. Visit our picks below, and leave yours in the comments section. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we realized the uncanny similarities between the Cathy comic series and Requiem for a Dream. We looked at 37 minimalist superhero and villain posters. We wondered what Milla Jovovich will be wearing when she hosts the Scientific And Technical Awards at this year’s Oscars. We said … Read More

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Open Thread: What Are the Essential Horror Movies?

As we discussed last week, it’s a weird month to be a movie buff it you’re not also a horror movie fan. All of your cinephile friends on Twitter and on message boards are breathlessly updating their progress on whatever insane Halloween-month horror movie challenge they’ve undertaken (some do the “31 Days, 31 Horror Movies” thing; others push even further, proclaiming that they’ll do a full 100 scary flicks by month’s end); creepshows of all stripes are analyzed, recommended, and quoted. It’s even tougher to get by if you’re expected to write about cinema — where are your horror movie lists? What’s your ten scariest? Ten scariest horror movie kids? Ten bloodiest? Ten goofiest? And so on, and so on. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

A multi-artist crowdsourced remake of the 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated proves that art has the power to raise the undead.

Beloved for its DIY production design and allegorical power, the original Night of the Living Dead was ready-made for interdisciplinary inspiration. NOTLD: Reanimated invited 150 artists to illustrate their favorite scenes, with the wildly eclectic results augmented by the full-length original audio. Comprising everything from photography to puppetry to painting, the project honors and builds on the dark humor, independent artistry, and enduring influence of the OG American zombie. … Read More

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