Shudder: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellraiser II: Hellbound

There have been many Pandora’s boxes in film history: the box at the end of Kiss Me Deadly, the ark at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the little blue box at the end of Mulholland Drive. None are perhaps as visually striking or popular as The Lament Configuration, the fictional Lemarchand’s puzzle …

A (New) Case for Critters: Shout! Factory’s Critter’s Blu-ray Box Set

Shout! Factory's Critters box set

My coverage of Shout! Factory's box set appears at the bottom of this write-up. This piece works through the Critters franchise releases in chronological order. It is organized for you to look to those specific headings that interest you following the introduction. Please enjoy this revisit of the little-discussed franchise, which we believe will have …

The Believers: Mark Frost Takes on Nicholas Conde’s Novel of “Urban Voodoo,” The Religion

In perfect time for the Halloween season, we are finally looking at Mark Frost’s screenplay for John Schlesinger’s 1987 film, The Believers. IMDb summarizes the plot as: “A New York psychiatrist finds that a brujería-inspired cult, which believes in child sacrifice, has a keen interest in his own son.”[1] Succinct as that summary is, there …

The Secret History of Twin Peaks: Project Sign, p. 125-153 (Secrets and Mysteries, Part 8)

Welcome back to our Secrets and Mysteries series, where it is our goal to offer in-depth looks into Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel section by section. As these each engage with the novel’s plot, giving close examination of its connections to the overall narrative of Twin Peaks, new readers should be aware that …

The Red Ball Bounces Back: Severin Films Limited Edition Blu-ray of Peter Medak’s The Changeling

Fans of old can give a knowing nod, whispering “Joseph,” as the red rubber ball bounces back out of the dusty attic and onto a special limited edition Blu-ray of Peter Medak’s The Changeling by Severin Films. I specify the director to help distinguish from Clint Eastwood’s 2008 film Changeling starring Angelina Jolie. This is …

Blue Roses, Green Gloves, and Who Is The Dreamer?: Return Rewatch Part 14

Part 14 of Showtime’s Limited Event Series titled “We are like the dreamer” aired on August 13, 2017. Part of fans' fun watching the series live that summer was in speculating on the meaning of the Parts' titles as they were released early on Showtime’s schedule. If Part 12, "Let's rock," had seemed to fans …