“If it bleeds, it leads” – Secular vampirism in Nightcrawler

*SPOILER WARNING* In recent years there’s been a big resurgence in classic horror mythologies. Take zombies, for instance, successfully resurrected from B-movie schlockery by The Walking Dead and Rec et al. Or the supernatural “Boo!” movies, like Insidious, Sinister or Paranormal (In)Activity. And then, of course, there are vampires. From tweenage Mormon-abstinence franchise Twilight, through to Dracula UntoldContinue reading ““If it bleeds, it leads” – Secular vampirism in Nightcrawler”

“Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain”

Another film that was important to me growing up was Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975). It’s largely felt to be the first blockbuster ever made and – although 40 years old this summer – has yet to lose its power. Although the film is known for its constant suspense, shock surprises and the fear-of-swimming it gave so many people,Continue reading ““Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain””

“Have you ever been mistaken for a man?” “No – have you?”

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the key films from my adolescence was “Aliens” (1986). Playing out like a visceral nightmare on crack, that film remains a classic of action/horror/sci-fi cinema, and it fairly quickly made me a fan of the whole Alien universe. Back in the day this meant the Alien Trilogy (Continue reading ““Have you ever been mistaken for a man?” “No – have you?””

As far back as I can remember, I have always loved cinema

Hi there neighbour! I remember, when I was around 12 years old I was thinking I should get a hobby. An older friend of mine was a keen Dr Who enthusiast, and his room was filled with old VHS tapes (hey, it was the 90’s) which he kindly lent me. I enjoyed them, but the goodContinue reading “As far back as I can remember, I have always loved cinema”