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11.12.2012 | | Posted at 01:59 PM
By David Luhrssen
  Not many film directors write the scores for their own movies. John Carpenter is an exception; his soundtrack for his 1980 film The Fog has been reissued on CD by the Silva Screen label with a second disc compiling everything omitted from the original album release. Most movie music nowadays is more irritating than inspiring, but Carpenter’s eerie piano and synthesizer is subtly ...
11.30.2010 | | Posted at 08:54 AM

Documenting Decades of Horror Films

By David Luhrssen
According to the documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (out on DVD), horror debuted in American cinema with the 1910 Edison Studio version of Frankenstein. The monster flopped at the box office. Not until the horror of World War I and the return of mutilated veterans did the genre—in the form of men-turned-monsters (Phantom of the Opera)—take hold in the U.S. Perhaps the old can-do Yan...
08.16.2010 | | Posted at 11:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
On one level, Escape from New York (1981) was a revenge fantasy for the sort of people who nowadays would affiliate themselves with the Tea Party. Set in futuristic 1997, the film (reissued in a DVD/Blu-ray set) imagines un-American Manhattan transformed into a giant Alcatraz for hardened criminals. The guards are stationed outside the prison zone; within, a confederacy of multi-ethnic street ga...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

New Documentary on the Master of Horror

By David Luhrssen
A small circle of admirers mourned H.P. Lovecraft�s death in 1937, many of them pulp fiction writers familiar with his stories from horror and science fiction magazines. Seventy years later he was recognized as one of the 20th century�s most important authors, honored by inclusion in the Library of America series and recognized for opening new paths in weird fiction by everyone from Jorge Luis B...