Horror films channel the fears and fervor of modernity, acting as reflectors turned against their viewers. They’re the most epochal form of escapism of the last century. Take, for example, James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein, which uses monsters and madmen to depict the internal torment of repressed sexual orientation at a time when homophobia was the norm, or Psycho and Peeping Tom, which explore the identity suppression and psycho-sexual struggle of the McCarthy era (to which The Wicker Man would provide a gleefully perverse epilogue in 1973). John Carpenter’s Halloween presents suburban banality and parental tyranny — no pot, no premarital sex, be home by nine — personified as a living urban legend in Michael Meyers. David Cronenberg’s skin-tighteningly creepy Shivers, and later his remake of The Fly, capture the fear of disease and bodily disintegration. The fear of communism permeates Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both of them), while Carpenter, always happy to usurp the conservative norm, portrays the fear and paranoia of communism, rather than communism itself, sinisterly in The Thing. … Read More
You can’t judge a book by its cover, as we’ve recently discovered with not only books, but also music. That holds true with film as well — not just with movie posters, which have their own problematic elements, but when it comes time to sell you the movie in physical form. For years, DVD distributors have uglified some of our favorite movies — often even eschewing the classy and striking movie posters for Photoshopped, Frankensteined monstrosities of their own making, designed to move units at all costs. We’ve assembled some of the ugliest and most terrifying DVD images for movies we actually like — and provided their original posters as well, just so you can see how far they can fall. … Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got new films from Chris Rock, Julie Delpy, Spike Lee, and the Duplass brothers, plus a treasure trove of documentaries and one of last year’s scariest flicks. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. But since we’re a mere seven days to Halloween, this edition of the streaming movie guide will focus on the scary — some of our favorite horror movies that are at your fingertips this very moment. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More
Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. This week, we’ve got new trailers from Pixar, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Christopher Nolan, plus vehicles for Liam Neeson, Andy Samberg, and Rashida Jones. Check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More
Lena Dunham’s journey from conceptual college YouTube oversharer to America’s next great comedic hope has been a remarkably quick one — after the release of her second film, Tiny Furniture, in 2010, the then-24-year-old filmmaker and actress became one of the most sought-after voices in entertainment. Her Judd Apatow-backed HBO series, Girls, debuts April 15th, and this week marked Tiny Furniture‘s Criterion DVD and Blu-ray release. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up some other great directors you should know, all of them under 35 years old. Meet a whole new generation of auteurs after the jump. … Read More
Hey, guess what: 2012 is like, four days away. Exciting, eh? Well, aside from that whole Mayan calendar/end of the world business. And that there’s going to be a Presidential campaign all damned year, and the economy’s still in the toilet, and Community is on a “hiatus”… On second thought, 2012 is already looking pretty terrible, and it hasn’t even started yet.
No, wait! There will be new movies! Many, many new movies. And don’t kid yourself: plenty of them are going to be terrible (I mean, there’s a Battleship movie coming out, for God’s sake). But some of them look awesome! So in the spirit of cautious optimism, join us after the jump for a look at ten 2012 releases that we’re genuinely looking forward to. … Read More
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got seven new trailers this week, ranging from family-friendly zombies to haunted hotels to psycho teens; check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More
Set in ’80s New England, Ti West’s The House of the Devil is an old-school horror flick that dares to say no to pop-up scares.
Jocelin Donahue plays Sam, a collegiate innocent so low on cash that she responds to an ad reading, “BABY $ITTER NEEDED.” Her patrons are the Ulmans, who act cryptically after disclosing that there’s no baby at their tucked-away Victorian manse — just an old, locked-away woman. Leaving her free to roam with her synth-filled walkman, West then ritualizes Sam’s coming of agony, masterfully calibrating the atmospheric dread before the helter-skelter last act.
Today at Flavorpill, we made an “ass” out of “u” and “me” thanks to a new art project, Haters + Lovers. We ate dinner with Frank Bruni at Babbo. We went shopped at Ikea circa 1965. We were sad to hear that Parker Posey has withdrawn from the cast of This, a new play by Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson, due to Lyme disease. We wondered who would win in a gumshoe showdown: Facebook or Nancy Drew. We were proud of our alma mater, NYU — we’ll take white Wayfarers and peaking at 17 over more typical douchery any day of the week. We added “stay at a medieval-style hay hotel” to our bucket list. We loved the poster for Ti West’s upcoming horror flick The House of the Devil. And finally, we said goodbye to Ellie Greewich; one our favorites by the classic songwriter… Read More