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Possession | Andrzej Zulawski

July 2, 2020

More comparable to Walerian Borowczyk than any other well-known Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Zulawski never really gained more than a dedicated cult following during his career. Even Possession, a disturbing classic of the horror genre, remains underappreciated by mainstream audiences. The film is set in West Germany, and similar to the state of that territory, divided from its Eastern neighbor by the Berlin Wall for nearly half of the twentieth century, Zulawski’s film is one built on alienation and disintegration. Its…

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#KickingtheCanon by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film

Scanners | David Cronenberg

It seems natural to react with bewildered laughter when watching Scanners. The sight of actors contorting themselves with pained screams and Dick Smith’s visceral special effects work conjoin to present moments so vigorous, so carnal, the viewer often has to expel some kind of emotion…

April 1, 2019
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Escape from New York | John Carpenter

John Carpenter one-upped Michael Winner’s fear-mongering, un-ironically fascist 1974 hit Death Wish with 1976’s Assault on Precinct. But if that film implied critique of a police force sowing its own doom through tyrannical tactics, 1981’s Escape from New York paints a portrait of America’s repressed “others” seeking revenge against not only the police,…

July 19, 2013
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