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09.26.2012 | | Posted at 09:38 AM
By David Luhrssen
 Ice fishing always includes an element of risk. The frozen surface might not be as solid as it appears and if the hole is wide enough, a drunken fisherman could tumble in. But no one looking for a hardy experience in the elements could expect to confront a monster lurking in the cold water, waiting to devour the intruders on its lake. That’s the premise of writer-director James Felix McKe...
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...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

Reality, Illusion and Madness

By David Luhrssen
The temptation to push STOP almost overcame me five minutes into Dark Mirror, an indie horror movie out on DVD. The clich�s of contemporary scary movies were mounting: the bass heavy music signifying BE SCARED, the opening teaser of mayhem followed by the caption THREE MONTHS EARLIER, the family moving into an old house that the wife-mother is strangely drawn to�the strangeness marked by a vac...
11.03.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Nowadays most horror films are horrible, if not laughable. The Scary Movie folks had the right idea mocking what the genre has become. But it doesn�t have to be that way. One of the most chilling horror films ever, TheHaunting (1963), shows no blood, no gore and no monsters outside the human imagination. Directed by Robert Wise (whose distinguished career included The Day the Earth Stoo...
09.30.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen


�What are you doing in that funny looking get-up?� Asking the question is a man wearing a pith helmet, a khaki colonial officer�s uniform, tall leather cavalry boots and a flowing cape. In comparison, the sidekick he�s questioning cuts a modest figure in his fez and loose Arabic robe. The man in the cape and pith helmet, who happens to be the hero of Chandu the Magician (1932), se...
09.16.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Just in time for Halloween, Glenn Kay�s Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide (published by Chicago Review Press) is a chronological account of every zombie picture the author could locate. He found many, beginning with Bela Lugosi�s White Zombie (1932) and running through Will Smith�s I Am Legend (2007). Although Kay uses the word �classic� a little too liberally, a few specimens of the horror subgen...
05.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
A beautiful young woman clutches a raised knife and advances fearfully into the dark unknown. It's long been a visual clich� in slasher and bad horror flicks, but The Strangers is neither. It stars Liv Tyler as Kristen, the woman trying to fend off danger with an uncertain grip on a kitchen knife. She is the terrific, fast-beating heart of a story that slips with sure steps into the twilight zon...
12.24.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
For Stephen King, the demons driving and gnawing at writers in their solitary introspection are as terrifying as any infernal monster. The tormented writer coming unglued has been a familiar feature in King�s fiction, most famously the thwarted novelist-turned-ax-murderer in The Shining. The movie 1408, released on DVD with a better ending than the one seen in theaters, is also based o...

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