Hooptober 2022 #34: It’s Alive (1974)

Calling producer/writer/director Larry Cohen an original seems like selling the man short. Larry Cohen is the kind of filmmaker that you introduce to friends. Cohen’s body of work is just so singular. Few directors understood the power of genre for social commentary like Cohen did. Even fewer embraced the absurd in genre filmmaking like Larry... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 2022 #18: Shivers (1975)

After watching The Brood, I knew I had to watch David Cronenberg’s Shivers. It’s the only one of his horror films I hadn’t seen. Part of the fun with Hooptober is in watching films you haven’t seen. So why not knock off a Cronenberg on my to watch list? Shivers occupies a unique space in... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 2022 #17: The Brood (1979)

A question a couple of months ago on Twitter asked “Who is our greatest living horror director?” This is always a fun question to ask but also gauge where a person might stand with you. People have their reasons for their favorites. They directed a favorite from when they first got into horror, there’s a... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 2022 #14: Cuadecuc, vampir (1970)

In 2014, director Steven Soderbergh released two experiments in editing on his website. One of them was a 108 minute “Butcher’s Cut” of Michael Cimino’s four hour epic Western Heaven’s Gate. The other experiment turned Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark into a black and white silent film with the score from The Social... Continue Reading →

Hooptober 2022 #13: Count Dracula (1970)

Supposedly as Hammer’s Dracula films progressed, Christopher Lee began to detest them more and more. The scripts, as he claimed, never stood up to Bram Stoker’s novel. You get then why the idea of being in Jess Franco’s Count Dracula would appeal to him. Here, a filmmaker wanted to faithfully and finally adapt Stoker’s text... Continue Reading →

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