Mockingjays, rebellions, and dictators, oh my! Shaun, Mike, Paul, and Keffy join forces to tackle the newly released film adaptation of Catching Fire, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and many more!
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A few weeks back, Shaun quipped to me that horror is “fantasy with scary bits.” Even further back, a discussion went around on Twitter as to whether horror and epic or high fantasy could coexist. A few remarks this week (which I will get to in due course) had me thinking about this issue again.
As I’ve argued previously, horror is too polymorphous to be considered a genre — any attempt to define it as such winds up with exclusions and inclusions so remarkable as to invalidate the definition. For example: an insistence that there must be an element of the supernatural excludes the likes of Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and so on. On the other hand, horror’s symbiotic/parasitic nature allows it Continue reading →
Backyard demons, claymation creeps, and geodes, oh my! Shaun, Julia, and Paul return to form with a special Halloween-themed torturous review of The Gate. Needless to say, they had a bit of fun tearing this one apart!
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