The virginal Final Girl is one of the most famous and easily recognizable tropes in the horror genre. Whenever this character type comes up in conversation, I usually recommend the hilarious, but accurate Behind the Mask.
Inspired by Open Culture’s new post, “The 5 Best Noir Films in the Public Domain,” I did a brief search to see which other films reside in the public domain. Behold the wonder that is b-grade, public domain sci-fi. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die The Brain that Wouldn’t Die entered the public domain after American-International Pictures […]
This post originally appeared on Disinfo.com on May 14, 2015. One year ago this month, the iconic sci-fi artist, H.R. Giger, passed away. Undoubtedly his legacy will live on, not only as the creator of the Alien, but also as the preeminent producer of biomechanical art. Filmmaker Belinda Sallin’s Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World is […]
The skull of F.W. Murnau, the legendary director of Nosferatu, Sunrise, and The Last Laugh, was apparently stolen from his grave in Stahnsdorf, Germany. Murnau was buried in a family plot, but his brothers’ graves were left undisturbed. According to The Guardian, wax residue was found near the plot, “suggesting that candles had been lit, and a possible occult motive […]
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut has received a lot of vitriol from critics and bloggers. It’s currently sitting on Rotten Tomatoes with a whopping 29% from critics. When it debuted at Cannes, it was booed. (Also, what is up with Cannes audiences and their predisposition to booing?)
I’ve read review after review lamenting Gosling’s use homage-on-the-verge-of-plagiarism, his lack of distinct style, and his pandering the arthouse crowd. […]