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Culture, The Exhibitionist 5 Movies That Inspired Movies

5 Movies That Inspired Movies

"I think all stories have been around for a few thousand years," George Lucas once said, in an interview about Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. This week the Criterion Collection released a definitive edition of Kurosawa's film, along with…
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Film, "Detention": Former Music Video Director Butchers Slasher Comedy

"Detention": Former Music Video Director Butchers Slasher Comedy

Horror-comedy Detention combines the bravura mashup showmanship and Wikipedic '90s pop-culture savvy of a Girl Talk album with the frivolous, non sequitur wit of Family Guy. Another way of saying the same thing: It's one of the most obnoxious movies…
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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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Film, <i>Last House on the Left</i>: That's So Craven

Last House on the Left: That's So Craven

That was the most offensive display of sexualized violence I have ever seen," one wilting fellow in need of a camphor hankie was overheard saying in the elevator. Such blanching is the reaction Last House on the Left is trolling…
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Film, Look Away

Look Away

Anyone who remembers the 1977 Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes, which was and remains a piece of Milwaukee-beer shit, remembers it because A) he had a memorable fuck-or-puke night at the aging neighborhood drive-in; B) Michael Berryman's uniquely…
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Film, Flight Risk

Flight Risk

Red Eye may not seem to be your typical Wes Craven movie. It's not really horror, there are no marketable monsters, and unlike Cursed, Scream 3, and other recent Craven offerings, it's actually an enjoyable time at the movies. But…
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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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Film, Violins in Danger

Violins in Danger

Wes Craven -- purveyor of fine horror movies, including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and the Scream trilogy -- has apparently decided to go "legit." And with Music of the Heart, he has done so with…
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Second Time Around

The Horror, The Horror In the 1970s, horror films comprised intelligent alternative cinema in a way the winking, blinking zombie that the genre is today does not. Ironic self-referentiality is simply not as scary as taking death seriously -- great…
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