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Film, "Intruders": Blandly Amalgamated Spanish Horror Tropes

"Intruders": Blandly Amalgamated Spanish Horror Tropes

Spanish horror movies have carved out a distinctive niche over the past few years with a surprisingly effective alchemy of fairy-tale-influenced chills and Hitchcockian psycho-sexual suspense. This 2011 entry, a U.K. co-production, continues the tradition—or cashes in on it—with iffy…
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Film,

Why Won't You Die?

If audiences are willing to pretend that they've never seen Freddy Krueger — and the crowd I was with was primed — at least give them the privilege of a tease. Unfortunately, this remake of Wes Craven's 1984 horror staple…
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Culture, Stage

There Be Monsters

Dan Carbone's solo play is a malfunctioning little windup toy of a show. As assorted fluffy bunnies, stuffed Humpty Dumptys, and plastic astronaut monkeys fly around the minuscule Exit Cafe stage, Carbone half-sings, half-talks (or Sprechgesangs) his way through warped…
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Calendar, Night&Day Indelible Marks

Indelible Marks

What a difference a decade makes! Ex-English professor and Freddy Krueger creator Wes Craven's first film, Last House on the Left (1972), is an unremitting exercise in voyeuristic misogyny, typical of that era's low-budget excesses. In this pioneering splatter film,…
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