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Thousand Words: The Horrors of Sensory (Dis)Ability – Disabled Power in Hush and Don’t Breathe

“If you had to choose, would you rather be deaf or blind?” This question has trickled its way into the glossary of everyday conversation, leading the questionee to then hierarchise deafness and blindness according to their own personal fears of sensory impairment. On the one hand, it interrogates the privilege of those who are not […]

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Four Frames: Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964)

In Kwaidan, Masaki Kobayashi adapts four Japanese moralistic fairy tales retold by the Greek-American expatriate Lafcadio Hearn in the early twentieth century. Mirroring each other, the four episodes present a carefully structured series of repetitions and counterpoints. Their protagonists are haunted characters who face the unknown while struggling with a traumatic past or a present […]

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Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze, 2015)

There’s a killer on the loose, and your vehicle won’t start up. Your phone has been drained of battery, but you probably wouldn’t have been able to get a signal anyway. The track keeps skipping on the record player and the lights have just gone out; all you have left is a sticky box of […]

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Lost Classic Reviews

Lost Classic: Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, 1974)

The technology of film can been considered a time machine of sorts. It can transport the audience from one particular time period to another, allowing them to bask in the glory of the neologistic innovations of the time. Let’s take a trip to a time when filmic and musical recording equipment such as the videocassette […]

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Four Frames: Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)

You may have seen it in films a hundred times already: with the scene set, the tension slowly building, the audience anticipates an unseen yet looming threat to a character – an axe murderer hiding in the cupboard, or a monster ready to pounce from behind a bush – but the director is only hinting […]

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Screengem: The Ghostface Mask in Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)

Wes Craven is dead. The man who breathed life into Freddy Krueger, one of the big screen’s most terrifying killers, and rejuvenated the slasher genre with his Scream franchise, has finally gone to meet his own maker. It was with the original Scream, released in 1996, that Craven would introduce a self-referential tone that not […]

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Four Frames: The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)

The words “oh God” have been uttered countless different times in cinema, but never with such uncomprehending horror as when Edward Woodward’s sacrifice-in-waiting howls them out in The Wicker Man. Religious intolerance and zealotry have been unfortunate bedfellows for thousands of years and are brought to the fore in Robin Hardy’s cult classic. Ostensibly about […]

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Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)

Whale’s Frankenstein wasn’t the first film to be based on Shelley’s cautionary gothic fable – J. Serle Dawley’s short film of the same name, one of three from the silent era, predated it by 20 years – but it and its sequel The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) invented a powerful visual archetype to complement the robust […]

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Lost Classic Reviews

Lost Classic: Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990)

Richard Stanley’s grim and gory debut may never be counted among the greats of science fiction, but that hasn’t stopped it chiselling out a place in the hearts of a loyal band of cult followers. Squabbles over the rights to Hardware meant the only way to check it out for a good few years was […]