Dario Argento’s first film to deal expressly with the supernatural, Suspiria continues to gain loyal admirers 40 years after its Italian debut in early 1977. Although the director had made several giallo-style thrillers already, Suspiria amplified several elements of his flamboyant style, namely the use of dramatic color saturation, intense music, and elaborate set design. These elements were […]
The 1976 Dino De Laurentis-produced King Kong may not have been a critical success, but its prosperous box office numbers were definitely inspired by a marketing blitz that plastered Kong’s image everywhere for months prior to the film’s release. There were t-shirts, posters, a board game, jigsaw puzzles, a fast food glassware collection, lunchboxes, and tremendous […]
David Cronenberg’s 1977 Rabid was only the director’s second full length theatrical release, yet it remains one of his most memorably bizarre plots, and one of his most uncompromisingly bleak visions. He’d already blended elements of sex and horror in his previous film Shivers, in which residents of an isolated apartment community gradually all succumb […]
The foundation of many horror tropes can be traced to the breaking of social taboos, and one that can easily trigger the collective gag reflex of an audience is the idea of eating the body of another human being. Presumably we are offended and horrified by the concept of cannibalism as civilized people, yet it is a theme that movies have been using to titillate audiences since the very early days of film itself.