Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? The Devil and Father Amorth by William Friedkin

"I've always been fascinated by the nature of good and evil. And the possibility of demonic possession. But the opportunity for me to witness and film an actual exorcism, came about 45 years after I had made [The Exorcist] the film. And completely by accident. Or was it providence?" - William Friedkin. 45 years after …

Shudder Originals: The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs Easily Surpasses MonsterVision

This isn’t exactly a focused review. I’m turning off my film-scholar voice for this one. Who knows what might happen, maybe I’ll say something wild and crazy. But I’m not doing a review of all 13 movies featured in The Last Drive-In With Joe Bob Briggs, mainly because Joe Bob Briggs just did that last week. …

Trying to Take Me Back Somewhere: The Proto-Lynchian Unease of Carnival of Souls

Carnival of Souls is a curio indeed. A 1962 low-budget American picture shot in black and white using mostly non-professional actors, it’s the sole feature by industrial filmmaker Herk Harvey. The staging is clumsy, the acting more so, and the narrative engine seems unsure of where it’s heading. And yet the magic of cinema is …