Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out (2016)
“Lights, Not Out, but Colored” It is a truism of cinematography that film is a medium in which one sculpts light. No film this year plays as effectively with the implications of illumination, not only for image, but also narrative construction than the current horror film, Lights Out (David F. Sandberg, 2016). The film concerns ...

The Shallows (2016)

The Shallows (2016)
“Where the Buoys Are” One way of understanding The Shallows, an excellent new thriller, is to place it in dialogue with 1975’s Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s quintessential shark attack movie. In Jaume Collet-Serra’s new film, a medical student, Nancy (Blake Lively) travels alone to the Pacific coast of Mexico to go surfing after the traumatic death ...

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick 'r Treat (2007)
“My, What Big Eyes” Krampus director Michael Dougherty’s first feature, Trick ‘r Treat (2007) is another wonderful holiday film gone amuck, this time concerning Halloween. Both films have similar plots: in Krampus, young Max summons a demonic beast because he has lost his belief in Santa Claus. In Trick ‘r Treat, the demonic beast is ...

It Follows (2014)

It Follows (2014)
Adulthood I finally saw It Follows (2014), my delay the result of a foolish reticence to watch horror films. It takes me a while to build up the courage to sit through the suffering of others. I am delighted to report that it was worth the wait, although I am not at all convinced It ...