Before we had MIDSOMMAR, we had The Wicker Man (1973)

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Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man

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For those of us who were lucky enough to catch Midsommar already, we noticed that Ari Aster’s sophomore psychedelic, folk horror film derives an incredible amount of influence from Robin Hardy’s 1973 masterpiece, THE WICKER MAN.  Everything from its (seemingly) warm, welcoming commune members, to its commentary on intrusive outsiders barging in on dissimilar cultures, to its fiery third act (which I won’t discuss here) Midsommar is indebted to this folk horror classic, and we thought we would swing around the maypole again and remind you why this film is so integral to the horror genre. Continue reading

MIDSOMMAR solidifies Ari Aster as a contemporary master of bizarro horror

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There is a handful of contemporary auteur filmmakers that are bringing something completely fresh to the horror genre, while still managing to derive influence from classics of the past– Jennifer Kent, Robert Eggers, Jordan Peele– to name a few.  But none have excited me quite to the degree of the eccentric, strange, provocative, ballsy filmmaking style that Hereditary (and now Midsommar) creator Ari Aster possesses.

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American Horror Story Seasons Ranked (in my opinion)

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If you’re like me and are trying to fill the big American Horror Story-shaped void in your life, now that it’s the middle of boring and horror-less January, fear not- because I have rewatched the entire series in its entirety, and decided to explain my rankings of each season, for no reason other than for the hell of it.  For the record, after watching each season once more, I truly do love this series as a whole, and each season, even the ones that aren’t quite as good or as memorable as others, are still worth watching.  I’ve even gained a better appreciation for each of the seven seasons, even the ones that I wasn’t too happy with after viewing the first time around.  Ryan Murphy manages to bring lively, campy horror, gore and sex, and mix it with relevant, ballsy social commentary that we can talk about and analyze for ages, which is why we’ll continue to watch, analyze, and compare seasons 8 and 9 when they air fall of this year and fall of next year, respectively.  FYI: There are a few spoilers, so read with caution, if you missed a season or two.   Continue reading

American Horror Story: Cult has got my brain on overload 🤡🔪🤔

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Over the past few seasons of AHS, I’ve either been completely enthralled or totally lost at producer Ryan Murphy’s crazy twists and turns…but I’ve never been bored. Season 7’s Cult has been no different.  And I can safely say as of now, 7 episodes deep, Continue reading