|Curated by Megan Starrak, Session 9 (2001)
Session 9 is a disturbingly atmospheric film written by Brad Anderson and Stephen Gevedon and directed by Anderson. From the first shot of a wheelchair sitting in a hallway, audiences are treated to a masterclass in Psychological Horror, in which they are drawn into the world of a decaying mental hospital and fates that are steadily drawing together. The effect becomes increasingly claustrophobic. Read the full article in Horror Curated: Halloween.
|Curated by Daphne Strasert, Bloodthirsty (2020)
Indie music artist Grey is struggling. Not just with writing her latest album or connecting with her long-time girlfriend, but with her identity. She's been experiencing hallucinations, frightening images of turning into a violent, uncontrollable animal. Not even the medications her psychiatrist prescribes seem to help. Read the full article in Horror Curated: Bloody Tea.
|Curated by Mark Orr, The Bloody Dead of Night (1945)
This 1945 masterpiece from Ealing Studios was the first great anthology film, setting five spooky yarns in the middle of an afternoon of tea and crumpets and horrific deaths. An architect played by Mervyn Johns (of 1963's The Day of the Triffids) arrives at a remote country cottage he’s been hired to renovate just at teatime. Read the full article in Horror Curated: Bloody Tea.
|Curated by Kieran Judge, The Bloody Brilliance of Lady Snowblood,
"Japan is not known for holding back when it comes to throwing around buckets of blood on screen. Not just limited to horror, the country's samurai and revenge films are some of the bloodiest on record, and because there are often swords involved, it's not just limited to splashes of red from bullet-wounds either. Lady Snowblood (Toshya Fujita) is a perfect example of this, featuring copious amounts of the red stuff gushing in geysers from slashes and stabs. But the film is much more than just a blood-fest, and is an interesting window onto Japanese society in the beginning of the Meiji Era, when the country was beginning to examine western ideas, moving from the feudalistic, pre-industrial country of old, into a nation that had changed almost indescribably by the era's end." Read the full article in Horror Curated.
|Curated by Crystal Connor, When Hell Freezes Over
"When horror fans think of movies set in Hell frozen over here on earth, one of the movies that will make most lists is John Carpenter’s iconic movie, The Thing, and all the other movies that have been inspired by it. Tom Shankland's 2008 The Children and Mark A. Lewis's 2009 Thaw-starring Val Kilmer-are a couple movies that nod to Carpenter that I love, but my all-time favorite movie that took its cue from The Thing is Marvin Kren's 2013 Blutgletscher (Blood Glacier)." Read the full article in Horror Curated.