A Look at the Living Dolls of Horror Films

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My old friend Sigmund Freud claimed that most children fantasise about dolls coming to life, and psychologist Ernst Jentsch theorised that uncanny feelings arise when there is an intellectual uncertainty about whether an object is alive or not, and also when an object that one knows to be inanimate resembles a living being enough to generate confusion about its nature. Robot engineer Masahiro Mori expanded on Freud and Jentsch’s theories to develop the ‘Uncanny Valley’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: Audrey Rose (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A man enters the lives of a married couple and tries to convince them that their daughter is actually the reincarnation of his own daughter who died in a car accident years prior. REVIEW: Directed by Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, Star Trek: The Motion Picture) brings to life the story of Audrey Rose. Based on the novel by Frank de Felitta (who also did the screenplay) our journey begins with viewing the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Red Dragon (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down “The Tooth Fairy”, a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. REVIEW: It feels fitting to finally take on the review of Red Dragon with the TV show Hannibal now in mid season 2. “Red Dragon” is one of the Hannibal Lechter films I’ve always held in higher regard. In the sense of the franchise, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Red 2 (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), deemed RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) by the C.I.A., meanders through his civilian life with his girlfriend Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) in tow. His best friend, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) tries to rescue him (and Sarah) from their increasingly mundane life urging Frank repeatedly to return to the exciting life of a hired hit-man. When Frank and Marvin are named in a leaked document stating their involvement in a secret covert … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: “This version of Dracula is closely based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker’s betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina’s closest friend, Lucy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hitchcock (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of _Psycho_ in 1959 REVIEW: To drearily refer to Alfred Hitchcock as great director is akin to stating that Leonardo DaVinci had a couple of good ideas. Not only the most influential film maker in modern American cinema, Hitchcock was a sheer force of nature during his Hollywood reign that spanned fifty years, from humble silent roots to his … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Rite (2011)

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SYNOPSIS:  An American priest travels to Italy to study at an exorcism school where he is introduced to a mysterious exorcist. REVIEW: So much snow on the ground dear readers. Some would say too much snow. I am one of those people. The skies have been very angry over NY as of late and all they do is block out the Sun (which I don’t mind) & drop these cursed flakes of frozen precipitation all … Continue reading

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Film Review: Thor (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. REVIEW: By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! It’s a beautiful day outside..the Sun is shining brightly, the skies are Blue & the air is cool. I hate days like this. So what do I do? I go to the only place where … Continue reading

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Some Nice New Artwork for HITCHCOCK

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Love retro poster art so as you can imagine the new poster for HITCHCOCK is just my cup of tea.  It showed up over at EW today and I thought you all might like to steal a peek. There are a few different Hitch related films heading our way so lets make sure you know the one I’m talking about. This is the theatrical film that will star Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hitch and will … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Silence of The Lambs (1991)

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SYNOPSIS: In this pulse-pounding adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer; unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape … and now, two deranged killers are on the loose. REVIEW: Written by: Ted Tally Directed by: Jonathan Demme … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hannibal (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: Anthony Hopkins returns as one of the great villains in screen history, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, in this riveting sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Lecter’s only surviving victim, the hideously scarred Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), tries to draw the serial gourmet out of hiding using the one person he cares about: Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore). Can the devious genius be trapped? REVIEW: Written by: David Mamet and Steven Zaillian Directed by: Ridley … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wolfman (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in the late 1880s, the film keeps the plotline of the original, with Lawrence Talbot (Benicio del Toro) meeting his father (Anthony Hopkins) following the death (and in the remake, disappearance) of his brother. The film details events during Lawrence’s past that led to his estrangement from his father (which includes Gwen), and the setting is changed from the mythical Welsh village of Llanwelly to the English village of Blackmore and the city … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magic (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed director Richard Attenborough helms this unconventional horror-thriller that reveals Anthony Hopkins’s penchant for creepiness years before his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. After bombing in his first solo performance, a magician’s assistant (Hopkins) holes up with a ventriloquist’s dummy named Fats and eventually hones his act into something spectacular. But when Fats starts talking back, his master’s at his mercy. REVIEW: First of all, I need to get this out of the … Continue reading

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