My first encounter with Asian horror was Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on (The Grudge) (2002) and it upset me more than I was expecting. At the time my ignorance and lack of experience put this down to the supernatural threat not playing by (what I then saw as) the rules. The malevolent force could pursue victims who … Continue reading The Man from Another Place #4: The Wailing (2016)
“History is full of darkness.” It’s a pompous line in a fairly pompous (if enjoyable) film, yet outside of the confines of Gore Verbinski’s beautiful and grotesque flop, A Cure for Wellness (2017) the line certainly holds true, and the history of witches and witch hunters shows us the devastating effects of human hysteria and … Continue reading The Man from Another Place #3: Doctor Who: The Witch Hunters (1998)
Another post where I highlight writing I've done for other blogs. Once again it's a piece for Howard Ingham's Room 207 blog. Howard's crowdfunding to get his essays on Folk Horror published. I hope you consider supporting We Don't Go Back: a Watcher's Guide to Folk Horror. Full disclosure: hopefully I'll have a couple of … Continue reading The Man from Another Place #2: Duel (1971)
An occasional series where I highlight writing I've done for other blogs, starting here, with an contribution to the folk horror strand of writer Howard Ingham's excellent Room 207 Press. My review of Elliot Goldner's 2013 found footage British horror The Borderlands. Click here to read it.