Countdown to Halloween: How Joss Whedon spoiled a lot of horror movies for me

Midway through the 1970s vampire flick Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, there's a long chase sequence that's like an exercise in primordial horror imagery. It made me wonder just how many reels of film have been devoted to this sort of scene, a terrified blonde running through the night, pursued by some slavering monster or psychokiller. Read more [...]

Way before ‘Shame’ or ‘Prometheus,’ Michael Fassbender did time in bad TV

Before Michael Fassbender was Michael Fassbender, he co-starred in the BBC fantasy series Hex. A more comically blatant attempt to fuse Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the Harry Potter series would be impossible to imagine. Yet even in this unpromising setting Fassbender stood out. Read more [...]