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The Pazuzu ‘subliminals’ in The Exorcist (William Friedkin 1973)

Back in the days before The Exorcist‘s long-delayed UK commercial home video release – February 1999 if you’re wondering – we had to rely on poor-quality VHS copies purchased at record fairs, car boot sales and the like from gentlemen wearing AC/DC T-shirts who answered to the name of ‘Dog’. “Yeah, it’s a copy taken […]

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Feature Screengem

Screengem: The television set in Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982)

Malignant horror can most effectively be found through forums which are accessible to all, no matter who or where you are. So how better to transfer its influence than by means of such an innocent, yet so intrinsic, part of modern-day life – the humble television set. Over the years there have been countless cinematic representations of portals to […]

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Screengem: Freddy’s Glove in A Nightmare On Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984)

Gloves are an intensely intimate item of clothing, used to protect one of the most expressive and personal body parts – from cold, from hurt and from unwanted attention. A Nightmare On Elm Street – the seminal 1980’s horror film from schlockmeister Wes Craven which changed the teenager-in-peril franchise forever – transmogrified the glove into an […]

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On Location: Trafalgar Square, London as seen in An American Werewolf in London (Dir. John Landis, 1981)

The World Film Locations book series – inspired by The Big Picture magazine’s ‘On Location’ feature – kicks off in a few months time with the release of titles for Tokyo, Los Angeles, London and New York. A highly visual exploration into the relationship between the city and cinema – each book will be chock […]

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Feature Screengem

Screengem: Hannibal Lecter’s Half-Mask (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991)

Many of the movies’ most memorable murderers wear masks. Those murderers, though, are generally the one-dimensional stalkers of slasher movies and those masks are usually worn for their benefit, not ours. Hannibal Lecter’s mask is forced upon him – for our protection. Transferred from one maximum security cell to another, Lecter is trussed inside a […]

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Zombiefest (continued)

Zombiefest is living proof (no pun intended) that a little inspiration, lots of ingenuity and a die hard love for the movies can bring about some very offbeat results.

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Feature Thousand Words Widescreen

Zombiefest

Ardent film fans rarely limit their love for movies to just watching their particular favourites on the big screen. Action figures, tie in novelisations, games, extras loaded special edition DVD’s, posters and tee shirts are just a sample of off screen merchandising that exists to further cement a films place in the hearts of it’s […]

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Dark Portraits: The photographs of Amanda Norman

Scott Jordan Harris meets Amanda Norman, a British photographer endlessly inspired by macabre movies. Horror photography is a fascinating field. Sports photographers photograph actual sports, and nature photographers photograph actual scenes from nature – but horror photographers do not photograph actual horrors. Instead, they craft fictionalised images of the atrocious and the eerie that are […]

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On Location: Still Shining after 30 years

      Thirty years have passed since Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel first hit the box office, to a rather lukewarm reception from both critics and the horror author himself. King made no secret of his displeasure at several aspects of the film, famously stating: “The real problem is that Kubrick […]