FRIGHT SITE is now THE BEDLAM FILES
11/22/17: 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.
THE TWENTY DAYS OF TURIN BY GIORGIO DE MARIA: One of the most interesting translations to appear in some time, this is the first-ever English version of a short novel that was originally published in Italian back in 1977.
MARS AND APRIL: Science fiction from Quebec that isn’t perfect (far from it!) but deserves points for effort.
GRANDMOTHERS RECHARGE WELL!: This Czech satire owes more than a little something to Ray Bradbury’s I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC!/THE ELECTRIC GRANDMOTHER, but taken on its own terms it’s pretty good.
LITTLE HEAVEN BY NICK CUTTER: Here Nick Cutter, of the well-received horror thrillers THE TROOP and THE DEEP, tries his hand at a genre epic of the type popularized by Stephen King and Robert McCammon, with mixed results.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN BY LIONEL SHRIVER: Quite popular among the literati and the winner of at least one prestigious award, this is a relentlessly contemplative and intellectual—and, at over 400 pages, vastly overlong—treatment of material that will seem familiar to most horror fans.
THE MAGIC TOYSHOP BY ANGELA CARTER: THE MAGIC TOYSHOP, initially published in 1967, was Carter’s second novel, and evinces all the qualities that would come to define her fiction, namely a love of esoteric detail and a fair amount—though not nearly enough in this case—of perverse invention.
RANKING THE RANKINGS: THE "BEST" CANADIAN FILMS: It’s been claimed that a third of the world’s most depressing films emerge from Canada and, having viewed many a Canadian film, I believe it.
ON THE INTERFACE SERIES: Here’s something interesting: a horror-science fiction “novel” related entirely in the form of Reddit posts.
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.