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Anya Stanley

Freelance writer. Horror fanatic. Alien 3 apologist. Bylines: Daily Grindhouse, Horror Writers, 52 Weeks of Horror, 100 Films/100 Scenes, Vague Visages.

Army of the Dead Movie Film - Netflix

Netflix Review: Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’

“‘Army of the Dead’ is an algorithmic cleansing exhale in the wake of a whirlwind period in Snyder’s career. As a zombie movie, it’s a shallow, scattershot effort with interesting mythology ideas that don’t really go anywhere…”

The Retreat Movie Film

Review: Pat Mills’ ‘The Retreat’

“While having gay leads is a refreshing inclusion in a genre that has historically excised or executed them, Mills’ movie is a toothless response to the ‘bury your gays’ trope.”

Oxygen Movie Film - Netflix

Netflix Review: Alexandre Aja’s ‘Oxygen’

“Oxygen’s relevance strikes like lightning in a year when time is measured less by Earth’s tilt and more by first wave, second wave, red phase, yellow phase; not by time passing daily, but by how much danger remains in the room.”

Relic Movie Review - 2020 Natalie Erika James Film

Review: Natalie Erika James’ ‘Relic’

“A haunting study of Grecian prophecies and inherited mental illness, ‘Relic’ makes beasts of the mind.”

Da 5 Bloods Movie Review - 2020 Spike Lee Netflix Film

Review: Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Matters

“As always, Spike Lee asks all the right questions, and it’s up to us to recognize that even though the answers may not be ones we want to hear, we need to grapple with them all the same.”

Horror Endings - The Witch Movie Film

Why Criticism: The Race to Problematize Bittersweet Horror Endings

“In order to fully engage with horror films, it’s important to look at the monster and the world that’s being upended by that monster.”

The Invisible Man Movie - Film Review

Review: ‘The Invisible Man’ Is a Sight for Sore Eyes

“Whannell’s ‘The Invisible Man’ is an absolute banger, and stands tall as the most spectacular evolution of the story to hit the big screen.”

Gretel and Hansel 2020 Movie - Film Review

Review: Oz Perkins’ ‘Gretel & Hansel’

“Great art has every piece in intimate communion with the art as a whole. ‘Gretel & Hansel’ takes an elemental approach to the folklore, gasping with the fears of the original material while exhaling a new mystique of its own.”

Knife + Heart 2018 Movie

Manic Lust in Neo-Giallo ‘Knife + Heart’

“As a love letter to a cinematic wave of films that were (and are) often dismissed as style devoid of substance, ‘Knife+Heart’ triumphs in both story and genre evolution.”

Emilio Miraglia - The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave Movie Film

Emilio Miraglia and the High-Gothic Giallo

“Miraglia’s deliberate interweaving of castles and glimmering blades taps into the one element that both Gothic and giallo art share: the ability to taffy-pull delight from terror. Both Poe and Bava would tip their hats.”

Alice, Sweet Alice 1976 Movie - Film Essay

Losing My Religion: Unhallowed Irreverence in ‘Alice, Sweet Alice’

“Alice, Sweet Alice’s attitude is an unforgiving one. What, Sole asks, is the difference between Alice, who hurts because she’s sociopathic, and the zealous Ms. Tredoni, who hurts out of righteousness?”

Joker 2019 Movie - Film Review

Review: Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ Is Aggressively Decent

“‘Joker’ is what so many controversial films turn out to be: it’s fine — neither masterpiece nor trash fire, well-executed in some parts and poorly thought out in others.”

Don't Look Now Movie Essay - 1973 Nicolas Roeg Film

The Diffusion of Giallo in Nicolas Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’

“‘Don’t Look Now’ stands as one of the best iterations of the giallo film. It takes the best elements of the commercialized Italian psycho-thriller and presents them with a Hitchcockian flair.”

It Chapter Two 2019 Movie - Film Review

‘It Chapter Two’ Sinks, Then Treads Water

“‘It Chapter Two’ ends up as a self-conscious adolescent that nervously giggles any time it’s on the verge of doing something profound; a cringe-inducing ‘no homo’ walk-back writ large to avoid accusations of nastiness or tenderness.”

Book Review: ‘Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television’

“‘Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror On Film And Television’ provides insights not only on genre cinema, but on origins and aspects of the holiday season itself.”

Devious Dialogues: An Interview with ‘Darkest Hours’ Author Mike Thorn

‘Darkest Hours,’ Genre and Writing: A.M. Stanley Interviews Mike Thorn

Devious Dialogues: Mike Thorn and Anya Stanley on Stephen King’s ‘It’

“It’s a good year to be a Constant Reader.”

Devious Dialogues: Anya Stanley and Mike Thorn on Fox’s ‘The Exorcist’

A.M. Novak and Mike Thorn Discuss FOX’s ‘The Exorcist’!

Devious Dialogues: Anya Stanley and Mike Thorn on the ‘Alien’ Franchise

Devious Dialogues: A Horror-Themed Column by A.M. Novak and Mike Thorn

Get Out Movie Essay - 2017 Jordan Peele Film

Not Your Trophy: Deer Imagery in Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’

“‘Get Out’ explores many notions: the duplicitous nature of liberal racism, the cumulative damage of microaggressions and appropriation, assimilation versus acculturation. But it’s the deer imagery that continue to elude audiences.”