Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

There was a time where horror films were not all about torture porn, found-footage or demonic possessions – this was a time when the genre was less indulgent in killing people. Francis Ford Coppola is known for his epic productions, such as The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979), but after the intense criticism from The Godfather III (1990), his next … More Looking Back – pre-Halloween Special: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (1992)

Looking Back – Pre-Halloween Special: ‘The Woman in Black’ (1989)

My first memories of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black were not from the long-running stage play nor the film starring Daniel Radcliffe. Instead, my first memories of the classic ghost story were through the TV spots for the UK adaptation that were so chilling, they caused many sleepless nights. First broadcast on Christmas Eve 1989, though … More Looking Back – Pre-Halloween Special: ‘The Woman in Black’ (1989)

Looking Back: ‘Kill Bill Vol.1’ – girl power, samurai-style

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” A proverb whose origins date from a French-English translation from the the early 19th Century, which has appeared in all forms of popular culture, such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.  However, it is its brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s fifth feature … More Looking Back: ‘Kill Bill Vol.1’ – girl power, samurai-style

Looking Back: ‘Scanners’ – more than exploding heads

In the early stages of Cronenberg’s career, he established himself as a prolific director of horror films by splicing his features with science fiction elements.  His efforts in creating a new sub-genre went unnoticed until his seventh film, Scanners. At the time of its release, Scanners did not receive a lot of critical acclaim, but became successful enough … More Looking Back: ‘Scanners’ – more than exploding heads

Looking Back: ‘City of God’

For modern film fans, 2002’s City of God is a key entry in Brazilian cinema.  Based on Paulo Lins’s 1997 semi-autobiographical crime fiction novel, the film adaptation promotes themes of adulthood, survival and pessimism in one of Rio da Janiero’s favelas.  City of God follows young aspiring photographer Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) and his childhood and subsequent adolescence in the … More Looking Back: ‘City of God’