In recent months, I have found myself more fully invested in George Lucas’s Star Wars saga, particularly the stories that take place before the rise of the Galactic Empire, than I had for years thought possible. After years of hiding within the bandwagon of hatred for the prequel trilogy, as well as downplaying my ownContinue reading “That Most Crucial Pawn – An Ongoing Rumination on Anakin Skywalker – Part I”
The unnamed Creature created by Victor Frankenstein is not some bumbling monster that just goes around killing people. He is Victor’s child. And Victor abandoned him. The Creature’s crimes are not mindless. They are the consequences of his very conscious fury toward his uncaring creator. He is a child who did not receive the loveContinue reading “On My Newfound Appreciation for James Whale’s Frankenstein Films – A Personal Essay by Andrew Williford”
Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968) Letterboxd Rating: 5 Stars + Like/Heart One of my all time favorites. I’d even argue it’s one of the greatest American films of all time. This is the kind of stark, boldly political genre cinema we need more of nowadays. Showed this one to my girlfriend andContinue reading “Brief Thoughts on Every Horror Film I Watched in October – Andrew Williford”
Well here it is, Halloween. A great time for spooks and frights and of course, horror films. In order to celebrate my absolute favorite holiday, I have decided to give you my personal top five horror films to watch on this All Hallows Eve. 5. Creepshow This awesome collaboration between George Romero and Stephen KingContinue reading “Top 5 Films to watch on Halloween”
Janey locks the door, grasping Mordecai’s sweaty palm with one hand and gripping Papa’s Henry rifle in the other. Mama screeches again, her voice muffled by the walls. It morphs into a whimper and stops, but there is no gunshot this time. All Janey hears is her little brother crying as he holds her hand.Continue reading “Blood, Whiskey, and Fire – A Short Story by Andrew Williford”
Mike Flanagan’s second installment of his “The Haunting” series is quite captivating.
Few eras of cinema exhibit the traits and trappings of excessive, exploitative motives and language as the Italian “Mondo Films” and their many imitators. Heralded by the Mondo Cane series of films made by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi in the ‘60s, this subgenre of Italian films is defined by its mix of documentary andContinue reading “Forces of Excess and Exploitation in Cannibal Holocaust”
SPOILERS AHEAD. The overwhelming majority of what is discussed here will only make sense if you are already familiar with The Last of Us (2013) and The Last of Us Part II (2020). Proceed with caution. Joel Miller: Loving Father Beloved Brother Mass Murderer I think those who cite the unceremonious nature of Joel’s deathContinue reading “On Video Game Violence, Dehumanization, and Becoming Joel: An Ode to The Last of Us Part II”
“Can I show you this world, baby?” Lance Skiiwalker, in a deep distorted pitch asks on ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron bonus track His & Her Fiend. SZA’s serpentine vocals wrap around the sentiment. The constant hum of the track’s deep and unintrusive bassline is backed by a rattling of chains that echoes the pain andContinue reading “Checking in, Changing Tones”
Part 2 of 2 Remakes are definitely a sensitive subject, especially when it comes to horror.