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  • The Comedy of Terrors

    The Comedy of Terrors

    ★★★

    Obviously “The Raven” was a success for AIP. Hollywood being the only place where the phrase “lightning never strikes twice” is unknown, the next year much of the same talent was assembled for another horror-farce. Price, Lorre, Karloff, and screenwriter Richard Matheson all returned, with the added bonus of Basil Rathbone. Director Roger Corman traded with Jacques Tourneur, himself no slouch when it comes to gothic horror. “The Comedy of Terrors” wasn’t as successful as “The Raven,” not quite clicking…

  • The Raven

    The Raven

    ★★★

    By 1963, the Poe Cycle was still going strong. The combination of Edgar Allen Poe, star Vincent Price, director Roger Corman, screenwriter Richard Matheson, and musician Les Baxter continued to sell tickets. In 1962, the group made “Tales of Terror,” a trio of Poe short stories. Among those shorts was a farcical adaptation of “The Black Cat,” starring Price and Peter Lorre. Clearly, Corman enjoyed this combination. The next year he would release “The Raven,” a feature length Poe-inspired comedy…

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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★

    Every year, I endeavor to see a newly released horror movie, preferably in the theaters. Because, while Halloween is about revisiting old favorites, it should be about new discoveries too. Of course, I did see a new horror movie in the theater this season, “Dracula Untold.” But that barely counts. I had other options, like fucking “Ouija,” ugh. The horror movie I really wanted to see, though, was “The Babadook,” a new Australian film that had been getting rave reviews…

  • The Return of the Living Dead

    The Return of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    While watching “Scream” this summer, I spent a lot of time thinking about post-modern horror. Naturally, Kevin Williamson didn’t do it first. Dan O’Bannon, a hugely successful and influential screenwriter that never got his due in his life time, beat him by a decade. Originally designed for director Tobe Hooper, O’Bannon injected the screenplay with his trademark inventiveness and quirky humor. “Return of the Living Dead” is textbook post-modern, referencing “Night of the Living Dead” explicitly. O’Bannon makes his intentions…