Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic mosaic of a thriller 'Don't Look Now.'

‘Don’t Look Now’ on Amazon Prime and Hulu

Don’t Look Now (1973), Nicolas Roeg’s mosaic of a thriller, remains a mystery to the end. Set largely in Venice, where the labyrinth of canals and tunnels creates a claustrophobic maze, it’s less about the elliptical story (adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s short tale) than the texture of loss, obsession, and emotional remove. Donald Sutherland […]

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in the A&E series 'Bates Motel'

‘Bates Motel’ – Season 3 open for business on Netflix

Bates Motel: Season 3 continues the story of Norman Bates: the early years. The “prequel” story to Psycho, about the teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), takes Norman from awkward high school boy to psychologically troubled kid with murderous blackouts and hallucinations that blossoms into a full-blown split personality. Along […]

Mario Bava's classic 'Black Sunday' with Barbara Steele

Halloween Picks: The best of Mario Bava on Amazon Prime and Fandor

Mario Bava essentially created the genre of baroque horror known as “giallo,” a distinctly Italian twist on stalk and kill horror film. Under his direction, Grand Guignol gore is transformed into lush, visually elegant cinematic spectacle, a waking nightmare with the poetic grace of a musical and a demented edge of sexual perversity. After rising […]

Ray Milland stars in Roger Corman's 'Premature Burial' and 'X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes'

Roger Corman’s ‘Premature Burial’ and ‘X-The Man with the X-ray Eyes’ on Amazon Prime

Vincent Price starred in all of Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations but one. Ray Milland took the lead in Premature Burial (1962), playing Guy Carrell, an aristocrat with crippling fear that he will be buried alive due to a family history of catalepsy. Corman brings the fear home in the opening scene: an exhumation of an […]