A Deliciously Macabre Cult Movie

 

The Stranger From AfarThe best horror movie I’ve seen in a while is called The Stranger From Afar, or it’s original name, Marebito. Here are excerpts from a review on Midnight Eye: 

“Can I face the terror to which the only escape is to kill myself?” Shinya Tsukamoto, director of the cult films Tetsuo and A Snake of June plays Masuoka, a freelance TV cameraman with a finely honed proclivity for the morbid and macabre . . . 
His quest leads him deep into the catacombs of hidden tunnels that lie deep beneath Tokyo while avoiding the fearsome DERO or “detrimental robot”, rumoured to prowl the subway passages spreading terror. Amongst the subterranean ruins of an ancient city lying far from the sun, he discovers a strange, feral young girl, blank-eyed and barely human in her movements . . . In recent years, wunderkind horror director Takashi Shimizu has forged a rather envious reputation for himself as Japan’s new Crown Prince of Horror.

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The Magician Is Not Lost

In an earlier blog post I said the 1926 movie, The Magician, was a lost film. I was wrong. I’m not the only one who thought so.  On the Movie Magg blog, Mark Gabrish Conlan says, “Our ‘feature’ last night was a movie I was startled to see on TCM’s schedule last Sunday because I’d thought (based on Carlos Clarens’ 1967 book on horror films) that it was lost: The Magician, second of Rex Ingram’s three independent productions for MGM in the mid-1920’s. “

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SUSPIRIA

Suspiria (1977, directed by Dario Argento) is one of the most visually pleasing horror films I have ever seen. Almost every frame is an artistic composition.

In kinoeyeLinda Schulte-Sasse analyses the movie, discussing the use of gothic spaces, references to fascism, and the film’s eligibility for being “Disney’s hidden reverse.”

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