Bradley Cooper stars in the Clive Barker horror film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

‘The Midnight Meat Train’ – Clive Barker on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Curiosity is a killer in The Midnight Meat Train (2008), adapted from the short story by Clive Barker (one of the first he wrote) and directed by Japanese style-bomber Ryuhei Kitamura in his American feature debut. Leon (Bradley Cooper), a street photographer who chases police calls for a living but prefers to document the underbelly […]

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Blu-ray: ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’ from Arrow

Dario Argento takes sole writing credit for his directorial debut but The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Italy, 1970) is actually an unofficial adaptation of Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi (previously made into a 1958 film) that Argento developed with popular mystery novelist Bryan Edgar Wallace. Wallace wrote a number of gruesome murder mysteries […]

Nicole Kidman protects her daughter from 'The Others'

‘The Others’ – Elegant chills on FilmStruck and Showtime Anytime

While I’ve not necessarily been a fan of the new flood of found footage-style horror movies, I do appreciate the return to a different approach to scaring audiences in the dark: films about the creepy, the unnerving, the inexplicable, and the unseen. It beats watching another director try to come up with yet another unique […]

Simone Simon stars in the 1942 classic from director Jacques Tourneur and producer Val Lewton

The original ‘Cat People’ on Criterion Channel

The original Cat People (1942) was made on a low budget for RKO’s B-movie unit, the first in an amazing series of B-horror films from producer Val Lewton that transcended its origins. It’s a masterpiece of mood and psychological ambiguity masquerading as a cheap exploitation knock-off. Cheap it is, but Lewton and director Jacques Tourneur […]

Jordan Peele’s canny ‘Get Out’ on VOD and Blu-ray/DVD

The Stepford Wives meets Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner in Get Out (2017), the directorial debut of writer / comedian Jordan Peele, a tricky and successful mix of social satire, modern horror, and savvy commentary on race as experienced by a person of color in a largely white society. Daniel Kaluuya stars as Chris Washington, […]

Bong Joon-ho's 2006 South Korean monster movie 'The Host'

‘The Host’ on Netflix and Hulu

The Host (2006), Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean monster movie hit, is neither a parody, subversion, or revision of the often campy horror movie genre. It stirs a stew of genre conventions, from political commentary to dysfunctional family satire to earnest emotional pathos, into an often thrilling monster movie as indebted to the B-movies of seventies American […]

Jack Nance stars in David Lynch's directorial debut

‘Eraserhead’ – Everything is fine on FilmStruck and Criterion disc

David Lynch’s long-awaited return to ‘Twin Peak,’ a TV series like no other, comes to Showtime on Sunday, May 21. It reunites almost the entire original cast to carry on the story over 25 years after the final episode left audiences hanging. To prepare for its return, Stream On Demand revisits the original series and […]

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe star in Lars von Trier's horror film / psychodrama

Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ on Criterion Channel and Sundance Now

I’m not sure how I manage to keep my simultaneous fascination with /repulsion for Lars von Trier in balance, but it’s back with a vengeance in Antichrist (2009), a provocation that is at once beautiful and perverse, personal and cynical, and filled with his sour vision of the emotional small-mindedness (small-heartedness?) of the human animal. […]