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  • Pit and the Pendulum

    Pit and the Pendulum

    Corman's shtick isn't actually as campy as expected and more atmospheric, lushly so. And of course, the gothic darkness is rooted in the words of Poe himself- not to say Corman doesn't show any particularly cinematic talent in this either.

    I see it as a tale of grief, or any kind of reaction to loss. A house now empty, a soul trapped in occasionally played harpsichord keys. What once was haunts what now is; ghosts of times, places, events and…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    The opening scene: the Goblin soundtrack kicks in, which doubles as the sound of the train as it comes in. Red light flashes upon our protaganist's face. Arrival. Arrival where to we don't actually know, it's a place shrouded with mystery and fear. Argento's incredible craft is on display this early on in to the film. And following the foreboding start, Suspira continuously builds a sense of trepidation.

    How so? The music, the cinematography, the editing and even the lighting…

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  • Inferno

    Inferno

    Masterful, in all of it's qualities; those frightening, chilling, thrilling, neon lit, rippling burning, creeping, creeking, demonic, screeching, brought up into an incoherent but somehow really coherent whirlpool of horrors, modernism, delightfully giallo-y satanic panic!

    An atmospheric wonder. Abandons all need for consistency of cohesiveness for gothic supernatural slasher delights. Super surreal. Argento's bizzaro world of pure 'scream, there's ghosts and devils!'. I stare at anything that makes the slightest sound too, Dario.

  • A Bucket of Blood

    A Bucket of Blood

    Acts as a perfect example of both a thriller and a satire- anyone that can mix those two as ingeniously as Corman did here in Bucket Of Blood is of profuse talent. Noir-ish at times, echoing a Wilder sex comedy at others, shades of hammer horror letting themselves through constantly.

    But I think what's at the heart of this story is what the meaning of art is. Does all art have a meaning? Are we right to interpret our meaning…