Category: 2017 Horror Essays

David Cronenberg Movie Essay - Videodrome

Long Live the New Flesh: Bodies, Horrors and Desires in David Cronenberg’s ‘Crash’ and ‘Videodrome’

“In ‘Crash,’ sex feels like a traffic accident. In ‘Videodrome,’ it becomes the subject of a warped, projected fantasy.”

Inferno Movie Essay - 1980 Dario Argento Film

The Haunted House Heartbeat in Dario Argento’s ‘Inferno’

“The real strength of ‘Inferno’ is the dominant sense of terror that Argento creates through his mastery of physical space (shaded by bright reds and blues, contrastive images of grandeur and decay in the production design)…”

It Comes at Night Movie Essay - 2017 Trey Edward Shults Film

‘It Comes at Night’ and the Trouble with Horror Movies That Don’t Fit Into a Genre-Specific Box

“The genius of ‘It Comes at Night’ is that its monsters are, for the most part, human.”

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.”

American Mary Movie Essay - 2012 Film by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

A Woman’s Touch: The Trinity of the Body in ‘American Mary’

“With ‘American Mary,’ the Soska sisters tell a story that deserves a place alongside the likes of ‘I Spit on Your Grave’ and ‘Hostel’ in its bold but nuanced steps that push forward the genre entire.”