Eyes Without a Face vs The Skin I Live In: What Makes a Film Shock-Worthy?

“My face frightens me. My mask frightens me even more”. With these iconic lines, we are introduced to Christiane Génessier (Edith Scob), the bizarre heroine of Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face. Released in 1960, the film soon became one of the most controversial of the era, bringing in a storm of negative reviews which, …

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, …

Animal Nature: Revisiting the Brilliance and Brutality of Argento’s Animal Trilogy

Posters represent the three films of Argento's Animal Trilogy.

What is it about strangeness and oddity that always catches our eye? Life is full of mysteries, but we’re somehow enthralled by the things which defy our practicalities and traditions. No-one seems to understand that fascination more than Dario Argento. Long before his unforgettable films like Deep Red and Suspiria came to the big screen, …

Where in the World is 25 Years Later? France: Blue Is the Warmest Color

France was the trip I was most looking forward to taking as part of the "Where in the World is 25YL?" journey. My favorite genre in all of cinema, the French New Wave, came from a group of defiant French newcomers who refused to follow the status quo of filmmaking and instead offered new and …

Where in the World is 25 Years Later? Italy: Bicycle Thieves

During the mid-1940s, a cinematic movement was making an impression throughout the entire world. This week, 25YL stops in Italy to take a look at Italian neorealism and one of the seminal films from that movement, Bicycle Thieves. Italian neorealism explores existential responsibility, the duty to one's family, and the difficulties of interpersonal relationships. Characterized …