THE DUNWICH HORROR (1970)

After the passing this week of the great Dean Stockwell, we revisit his very weird performance in a Roger Corman HP Lovecraft adaptation because… I felt like it.

THE FRIGHTENERS (1996)

The vote winner for our Halloween Feature is more interested in its (now somewhat dated) special effects than in, you know, being a good movie in any particular way, unfortunately.

DRACULA (1931)

The vampire movie from which all others are descended, Bela Lugosi’s very specific performance and many creepy gothic visuals overcome its period limitations.

THE EVIL DEAD (1981)

One of the goriest movies you’ll ever see, made on a very skinny shoestring by a bunch of friends, which seems to ask “what would be most disturbing at this moment?” and then do that.

LA MASCHERA DEL DEMONIO (1960)

A seminal Italian horror classic that takes whatever you think of when you hear the word “gothic” and is way more gothic than that.

CAT PEOPLE (1942)

Definitely the best movie ever made about were-panthers, it is remarkably effective at building tension using mostly shadows, sound design, and weird sexual undertones.

BIG (1988)

A “big” hit about a kid trapped in adult’s body, which works almost entirely because Tom Hanks believably plays a 13-year-old boy.

FEHÉRLÓFIA (1981)

A completely unexpected, elemental masterpiece, it somehow feels straight out of prehistory. This may be the best animated movie most people have never heard of.

EXCALIBUR (1981)

With King Arthur back in theaters, we revisit this tonally wild epic 1980s masterpiece (??) for the Arthurian completist.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

It is the original full-length animated movie, and helped to launch a media empire. For me it holds up today, um, intermittently?