Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Independent Films · United States

#909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

#909 Night of the Living Dead 1968 // USA // George A. Romero Criterion Collection (LINK) Seldom could a director single-handedly create a genre, but George A. Romero have done it 50 years ago, albeit more close to a happy accident by chance. But one can’t devalue the impact and the significance of the Night of the Living… Continue reading #909 Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Criterion Collection · France · Germany · Horror

#437 Vampyr (1932)

#437 Vampyr 1932 // Germany, France // Carl Theodor Dreyer Criterion Collection (LINK) Vampyr is all about mood, about the unsettling wandering among the dead and the unreal, about the ominous disjointed space constructed meticulously onscreen by the Danish master Carl Th. Dreyer. Vampyr has all the essential characters for a “horror story,” a malicious vampire,… Continue reading #437 Vampyr (1932)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mystery · Religion · United States

#541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

#541 The Night of the Hunter 1955 // USA // Charles Laughton Criterion Collection (LINK) A Hard World for Little Things A self-proclaimed preacher, with H.A.T.E. tattooed on his left hand knuckles and L.O.V.E. on the other, speaks to the Lord humbly while driving a stolen car. He confesses his confusion over the number of widows… Continue reading #541 The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Black Comedy · Criterion Collection · Cult · Horror · Independent Films · LGBT · United States

#863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)

#863 Multiple Maniacs 1970 // USA // John Waters Criterion Collection (LINK) It’s A Mad Mad Mad World I’m still finding words to articulate my thoughts on John Waters’s second feature film Multiple Maniacs. I’m speechless, stunned and feeling nausea right after the film ends. The film is grotesque, outlandish, outrageous, and above all, insulting. It’s only slightly… Continue reading #863 Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Horror · Mexico · Religion · Violence

#862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

#862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory 1976 // Mexico // Felipe Cazals Criterion Collection (LINK) Traumatised Night And Shameful History Five Mexican young men have to seek shelter in a small town called San Miguel Canoa due to a torrential rain in the evening of 14th September, 1968. They are employees of the Autonomous University of Puebla… Continue reading #862 Canoa: A Shameful Memory (1976)

Criterion Collection · Denmark · Horror · Silent Film

#134 Häxan (1922)

#134 Häxan 1922 // Denmark // Benjamin Christensen Criterion Release Date: 16 Oct 2001 (LINK) Häxan is such a peculiar and ingenious work that was way ahead of its time when released in 1922.Composed of a mixture of genres, ranging from educational and documentary footage to fictionalized or factual reenactments, Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen exhibited his persuasive and insightful perspective… Continue reading #134 Häxan (1922)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Horror · Silent Film · Sweden

#579 The Phantom Carriage (1921)

#579 The Phantom Carriage 1921 // Sweden // Victor Sjöström Criterion Release Date: 27 Sept 2011 (LINK) Astounding as it sounds, The Phantom Carriage (Swedish: Körkarlen) continues to withhold the power of spirituality and the awe-inspiring visual effects even ninety years after its production. Although, as viewed by CGI-fed cinema-goers like myself, the modern technology of film-making has unkindly diminished… Continue reading #579 The Phantom Carriage (1921)