2014 Year in Review: Christopher B. Landon’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The Confusing Politics of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones by Sean Bottai THIS MONTH WE’LL BE THINKING THROUGH SOME OF 2014’S BEST AND/OR MOST SUCCESSFUL HORROR FILMS. WE’LL TRY TO SPOT CONNECTIONS, TENSIONS AND LARGER THEMES, AS WELL AS FIGURE OUT WHY SOME FILMS SUCCEED AND SOME FAIL AT ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS. MOVIES WILL BE DISCUSSED […]

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Movie Discussion: Stuart Rosenberg’s The Amityville Horror (1979)

Monthly Theme: Hauntings The Film: The Amityville Horror Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: July 27, 1979 Studio: American International Pictures [AIP], et al. Distributer: American International Pictures [AIP] Domestic Gross: $86 million Budget: ? Director: Stuart Rosenberg Producers: Samuel Z. Arkoff, et al. Screenwriter: Sandor Stern Adaptation? Yes, from the 1977 book […]

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Movie Discussion: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse [Kairo] (2001)

Monthly Theme: Highbrow/Lowbrow The Film: Pulse Japanese title: Kairo Country of origin: Japan Date of Japanese release: February 10, 2001 Date of U.S. release: November 9, 2005 Studio: Daiei Eiga, Hakuhodo & Imagica Distributer: Toho Company/Magnolia Pictures Domestic Gross: $51,000 Budget: ? Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Producer: Yasuyoshi Tokuma, et al. Screenwriter: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Adaptation? No. […]

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Movie Discussion: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)

Monthly Theme: Genre Classics The Film: The Shining Alternate title: n/a Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: May 23, 1980 Studio: Warner Bros., Producers Circle & Peregrine Films Distributer: Warner Bros. Domestic Gross: $44 million Budget: $19 million (estimated) Director: Stanley Kubrick Producers: Jan Harlan & Stanley Kubrick Screenwriters: Diane Johnson & Stanley […]

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Movie Discussion: J.A. Bayona’s The Orphanage [El orfanato] (2007)

Monthly Theme: Families in Peril The Film: The Orphanage Country of origin: Spain Spanish title: El orfanato Date of Spanish release: October 11, 2007 Date of U.S. release: December 28, 2007 Studio: Grupo Rodar, et al. Distributer: Picturehouse (subtitled) Domestic Gross: $7.1 million Budget: $4 million (estimated) Directors: J.A. Bayona Producers: Guillermo del Toro, et […]

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TV Discussion: Season 1 of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story (2011)

Monthly Theme: Families in Peril The Show: American Horror Story Season: 1 (Murder House) Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of season debut: October 5, 2011 No. of episodes: 12 Channel: FX Network Production Companies: Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, et al. Series creators: Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Directors: Ryan Murphy, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Bradley Buecker, David Semel, […]

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Movie Discussion: Brad Anderson’s Session 9 (2001)

Monthly Theme: Families in Peril The Film: Session 9 Country of origin: U.S.A. Date of U.S. release: August 10, 2001 Studio: USA Films, et al. Distributer: USA Films Domestic Gross: $373,000 Budget: $1.5 million (estimated) Directors: Brad Anderson Producers: Dorothy Aufiero, et al. Screenwriters: Brad Anderson & Stephen Gavedon Adaptation? No. Cinematography: Uta Briesewitz Make-Up/FX: […]

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