FRIGHT SITE is now THE BEDLAM FILES
2/17/18: Go to The Bedlam Files from now on. Fright Site material will only be maintained until it has been fully transfered to the new location. Email me if you have questions. Thanks for switching over.
ANOTHER EARTH: Here’s a neglected science fiction themed indie that deserves a reappraisal.
SHOLAY: THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC: In the rarefied world of Bollywood SHOLAY is possibly the most iconic and influential film in existence.
PURGATORY: 1998 was the year of Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, a war movie that allegedly broke new ground in its depiction of the ugliness of combat. Few seem to know, then or now, about the Russian made-for-TV movie PURGATORY (CHISTILISCHCHE) from the same year, which far outdid Spielberg’s film in grit, gore and sheer unpleasantness.
MIND GAME: An extremely well-regarded anime feature that premiered back in 2004 yet didn’t receive US distribution until fourteen years later.
KUSAH HAKWAAN: One of those no-budget wonders that demands the viewer be VERY forgiving, yet offers a number of real rewards for those willing to put up with its shoddy production values.
BOOK OF SOULS BY JACK KETCHUM: This short nonfiction collection was by Jack Ketchum—who is now, tragically, the late Jack Ketchum, a fact that renders BOOK OF SOULS even more poignant than it was initially.
REMEMBERING THAT WHICH IS BETTER FORGOTTEN: HOT DOG...THE MOVIE AND HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE: HOT DOG…THE MOVIE and HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE are two not-very-distinguished products of the “raunch-com” cycle of ANIMAL HOUSE and PORKY’S inspired sex comedies.
JACK KETCHUM: 1946-2018: This one hurt. Certainly there have been a lot of famous people deaths that have affected me, but this one impacted me especially.
Some Past Reviews:
TIDELAND: If you ask me, this Terry Gilliam reverie is exactly what we need right now: a demanding yet enchanting, freaky as hell surreal-fest that promises to shock, bewilder and ultimately delight--though just as likely annoy--potential viewers.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: Tobe Hooper's masterpiece, and one of the cornerstones of modern horror cinena.
EL TOPO: The seminal midnight movie, a mystically-oriented dream-western that still holds up.
WOHI BHAYANAK RAAT: Bollywood horror silliness--nothing more need be said!
Some Past Commentary:
SEXUALITY AND RELIGIOSITY AND VIOLENCE AND WAR AND LOVE AND EVERYTHING: THE CINEMA OF FERNANDO ARRABAL: Just what the title says: an overview (the first to appear in English, FYI) of the films directed by Spain's demented Fernando Arrabal.
MORE ON HOLY INDIES: My thoughts on the evengelical cinema, or "Holy Indies," phenomenon.