The Eyes of My Mother Review

There’s a scene in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre where Leatherface, the deranged serial killer who wears the skin of his victims, runs to the window of his isolated farmhouse. He’s just made quick work of two teenagers who wandered onto his property one after another and he has no idea where they came from, what they wanted, and if more are on the way. Through that grotesque flesh-mask, we can see his eyes: confusion and fear and concern for what else this day may bring him. For a few seconds, this monstrous figure is so oddly…human.

The Eyes of the Mother is like a feature-length version of that shot.

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How does Phantasm exist?

That’s an odd rhetorical question to ask of a movie that has such a strong cult following, that has inspired four sequels over 37 years, and has inducted a genuine horror icon into the genre canon in the form of Angus Scrimm‘s The Tall Man. But revisiting the film in 2016 courtesy of a new 4K restoration that has the film looking better than ever, demands that this question be asked. Because Don Coscarelli‘s horror masterpiece isn’t just creepy, funny and wildly entertaining – it’s weird. Deeply weird. Endearingly weird. Weird on the kind of wavelength that you really don’t see very often. And it’s a wavelength that many horror fans seem to be right in tune with.

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the autopsy of jane doe review

The horror genre is so often dominated by stupid characters doing stupid things, so it’s refreshing to watch a film like The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Here is a frightening story about two intelligent men whose talents for science and deduction break against a wall of undefinable supernatural power. Here is a fascinating mystery where the pleasures are not only derived from a series of increasingly terrifying and impossible discoveries, but from watching these two men work down a checklist of every possible rational explanation before realizing they are beyond their limits.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a film as interested in process as it is in jump scares and the result is one of the most entertaining horror movies I’ve seen in a year that has had no shortage of great scary movies.

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the void review

In the eyes of many genre filmmakers, the horror genre peaked in the ’80s and this mindset has informed entire filmographies. To attend any genre film festival is to wade through movies that feel like deliberate riffs on the work of directors like John Carpenter, movies filled with gooey practical effects and set to icy synth soundtracks. This kind of affection for a bygone era even went mainstream this summer with the release of Netflix’s Stranger Things – everyone wants to make a great ’80s movie 30 years after the fact and it can feel stifling. Nostalgia can be a bitch and a half. After a few miserable ’80s horror pastiches, you can’t help but feel ready to throw this entire subgenre to the dogs.

And then something like The Void arrives and shows how you can do it right.

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american horror story season 6 twist

It wouldn’t be American Horror Story without some shocking reveals, and so far season six is bringing them in full force. Last week’s premiere confirmed the big theme of the new season would be “Roanoke,” but the real surprise came when viewers realized that the episodes would take the form of a documentary series called My Roanoke Colony, complete with reenactments. So you’ve got Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. playing actors playing characters played by Lily Rabe and André Holland and so on. It’s all a big, glorious mess, in typical American Horror Story fashion.

But we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Series creator Ryan Murphy is teasing a direct connection between Roanoke and Freak Show (after already revealing a link between Roanoke and Murder House), as well as an even more mind-blowing twist to come around episode 6. And as if all that weren’t craziness enough, Murphy has also revealed a “secret season” of American Horror Story in the works.  Read More »

The Eyes of My Mother trailer

It’s easy for smaller films to slip through the cracks at Sundance, drowned out by scandalized headlines for oddballs like Swiss Army Man and deafening buzz for multimillion-dollar acquisitions like The Birth of a Nation and Manchester by the Sea. But The Eyes of My Mother has refused to fade into obscurity, despite hailing from a first-time feature filmmaker (Nicolas Pesce) and centering on a mostly unknown cast, and there’s an excellent reason for it: it’s really freakin’ creepy.

The story centers around Francisca, whose idyllic if sheltered childhood is interrupted by a horrific act of violence. Except that the family’s reaction to said incident isn’t quite what you’d expect. As Francisca grows up into an isolated young woman (played by Kika Magalhaes), she develops a genuinely twisted way of connecting to the world. Watch the Eyes of My Mother trailer below.

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The Ring franchise threequel, Rings seems to be really struggling its way to theaters. Originally slated for a 2015 opening, Rings was pushed back once, twice, three times and now a fourth time. Also, Friday the 13th has been pushed back to a new release date next Halloween. Find out when both horror films will hit theaters, after the jump.

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phantasm ravager trailer

Don Coscarelli‘s Phantasm is one of my favorite horror movies, a dreamy, surreal, intentionally obtuse and beautifully frustrating gem that has developed a passionate cult following over the decades since its 1979 release. The first three sequels (which arrived in 1988, 1994, and 1998) are a more of a mixed bag, ranging wildly in quality even as they maintain the original’s lunatic ambition and imagination. I may not love the sequels as I love the original, but man, I’m sure glad they’re around.

That brings us to Phantasm: Ravager, the fifth and final film in the series that is set to make its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this weekend. The film’s trailer has arrived to celebrate its impending screening and…well, let’s just say that this looks like one for the fans.

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American Horror Story Theory

The theme of this season’s American Horror Story was kept a secret until the series premiere last week revealed that an Unsolved Mysteries-like interviews & reenactments docu-mystery homage taking on “the mystery of the Roanoke Colony.” But there must be something to all of those AHS teasers, right? A new theory claims that this new season might be connected to previous seasons of American Horror Story. Find out how, after the jump.
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The makers of The Invitation are teaming up with Scott Frank, the Academy Award-nominated writer-director behind The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones. Frank is producing director Karyn Kusama‘s Breed, which is based on Chase Novack‘s 2013 horror novel. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the adaptation.

Below, learn more about Karyn Kusama’s Breed movie.

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