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

Revisiting ‘Let the Right One In’: The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Misfit Horror-Love Film (Originally published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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(Pic courtesy of US distributor Magnet Releasing, 2008)

Original post is located under “Articles” at NightmarishConjurings.com

Horror lovers know that there is a clear distinction between what Hollywood constitutes as a romance movie…and what horror filmmakers consider a romance movie.  Hollywood chooses swooning and last minute declarations of love within happily-ever-after endings; while horror films consist of blood pacts and killing the enemies of characters’ loved ones– just to show how much he/she really cares.  If you’re anything like me, Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 dark romance film Let the Right One In is the quintessential love film for a misfit kind of love that we all secretly crave, which is why I suggest you revisit this modern classic for your Valentine’s Day horror film viewing.

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