Tracing a Dark Circle: Revisiting Ringu & The Ring

Facts & Figures At the time of its release in 1998, Ringu (pronounced as Ring, even though it is written as Ringu or リング) became the highest-grossing horror film in Japan. The American adaptation, The Ring, was released in 2002, and was also financially successful, grossing close to $250 million. Although they share similar plot points and themes, …

Nazi Zombies, Satanic Witches & Doom-Head Clowns: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 3

Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi Hawthorne in The Lords of Salem

Even as a staunch defender of Rob Zombie's cinematic output, I think it's fair to say that his career post-Michael Myers has been a bit of a mixed bag. Various big-budget original projects (Tyrannosaurus Rex), visionary remakes (The Blob), and stories grounded in reality (Broad Street Bullies, based on the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey …

Doctor Who’s “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”  Ends Not With a Bang but a Whimper

A familiar villain seeks revenge. Two people have their faith used against them. And the Doctor must restore the universe. Sounds like a high-key finale for “Doctor Who,” right? The episode opens in present day on the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, which is inhabited by a micro-species called the Ux. The lone two members …

Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy: A Fistful of Dollars

Clint Eastwood as the "Man with No Name" in A Fistful of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars, released in 1964, was the first Western directed by Sergio Leone, as well as Clint Eastwood's first leading role. While it is arguably the weakest of the Dollars Trilogy, its importance and influence cannot be overstated. The stories that Leone would tell in his Westerns would become far more complex and …

Twin Peaks Backstory Investigations: Body Heat, Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, 1981

When Agent Tamara Preston is working her way through a file found in the Bookhouse entitled “The Andrew Packard Case,” as documented in Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks (2016), she adds a footnote to Josie’s claim not to have seen the boathouse explosion that was believed to have killed her husband. Preston writes, …