A bout of dangerous somnambulism, a doomed love story, automatons made from dark magic, and a girl-werewolf.

Film Still: A kratt at work.

We open on an animated assortment of farm equipment on a mission. The creation is a kratt, a mythological creature created by trading one’s soul to the devil. It’s a short sighted deal: while kratt’s can increase a peasant’s immediate station, long term they must continue to be given tasks or the devil will come for his due. November is largely about the immediacy of its denizen’s needs. …


Known primarily as a lesbian werewolf movie, Good Manners transforms rapidly into a film about chosen family.

Film Still: Ana and Clara become rather suddenly better acquainted.

It begins with a nurse, Clara (Isabél Zuaa), being hired by wealthy single mother Ana (Marjorie Estiano). The story at first has all appearances of moving toward class comparisons, but after subtle hints at Clara’s sexuality, shifts into a love story.

The two women decide to forge forward with Ana’s impending child, them against the world. But as Ana’s wolf-like night time cravings and wanderings worsen, the story shifts again. This time the adjustment is a jarring one. …


My fondest memories of Halloween are not the candy, the costumes, or decorations. It’s my mother’s voice.

Photo by Joël de Vriend on Unsplash

My mother raised 6 children. There were more from the neighborhood that seemed to live with us, but between my full brothers, and step sisters, and half brother, there were 6 of us running in and out of the house at any given time. Somehow my mother, who worked full time for much of my childhood, still found time to read us spooky stories in October.

We had some adaptations of longer narratives like Dracula and Edgar Allan Poe’s works with fantastic illustrations…


It’s a universe that devours young girls, but Ginger Snaps is about girls biting back.

Canada
Director: John Fawcett
Writer: Karen Walton
Available on Shudder, Amazon.

A visit to the guidance counselor.

Ginger Snaps might be the number one film recommended when one talks werewolves. It’s missing a lot of the standards we came to expect with gory transformations like An American Werewolf in London, and the bland romance of The Wolfman, but that was very much the point. Writer Walton had to be convinced by Fawcett to do the film, but once she was on board, the two created a completely unique story of metamorphosis.


The Company of Wolves is about all the things we scare our children with to prepare them for adulthood.

Ravenous dinner guests.

United Kingdom
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Angela Carter
Available on Amazon.

To create the The Company of Wolves, Angela Carter teamed up with another writer: The film was director and novelist Neil Jordan‘s second feature. The result is a sumptuous, creepy story that arouses as much as it scares. It gives us back something of that innocence of youth while exciting our other senses as we are put in the shoes of Rosaleen, our Little Red Riding Hood.

Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson)…


Forget shaky cam with these three films from Czech director Juraj Herz.

Each features a type of shot, perspective, or camera that adds a specific element of horror to the movie in the way shaky cam used to.

Often associated with the Czech New Wave, Herz’s skill in film was self-taught and he was actually excluded by the core group of directors we name in this movement. While his original works like The Night Overtakes Me are stunning, he is a master of adaptation of others’ stories, reinterpreting them into twists on horror themes.

The Cremator (1969)

Film Still: The Cremator (1969)

So many movies are focused on…


Canada
Director: Kurtis David Harder
Writers: Colin Minihan, John Poliquin
Available on Shudder, Amazon

Malik seeks answers in his local library/bookstore.

If you are seeking an extremely form-fitting small town horror movie, Spiral is that feature. Bonus points are awarded in this case for also being a movie putting gay men and LGBTQIA+ policy making it the forefront of its explorations. In some ways, Spiral has a great deal to say, but it is often lost in heavy-handed delivery that becomes peripheral to its main straight-and-narrow Horror plot.

Conversely, this is also what makes it an enjoyable film to watch: our community deserves to be included in…


Indonesia
Director & Writer: Joko Anwar
Available on Shudder, Amazon

Maya and Dini peer out at the village that wants them dead.

The latest by Joko Anwar brings on classic scares while remaining fresh. Impetigore, or Perempuan Tanah Jahanam feels like a return to a golden age of horror that we’ve maybe been waiting for. This makes sense for a film director Anwar describes as “a love letter to horror movies I grew up with.” The director previously brought Indonesian Horror into international conversations after directing the country’s highest grossing film in the genre, Satan’s Slaves in 2017 and partnering with streaming service Shudder to bring the remake of a 1980 classic


United States
Director: Karyn Kusama
Writers: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Available on Netflix

The friends in the gather in the living room before dinner.

In the hands of any other director, The Invitation could have been a downright goofy film. Instead, it is one of the most unsettling horror films to have come out in years. It touches some feep dread that runs under grief. The story is about human relationships without jealousy, but running on fear and regret. The story shocks and strangles its audience in the subtlest of ways… and still leaves one in its last moment with that telltale chill creeping down the spine.

The story swirls…


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Last night, Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, quote tweeted a photo of a tweet by Time Magazine’s White House correspondent Brian Bennett with the caption “Hey, Karen, Watch your mouth.” As a result, the word “Karen” was trending last night in Illinois. If you got lost at any point during the description, this guide is probably for you.

Josephine Maria Yanasak-Leszczynski

I am a writer exploring futures and film from my apartment above a noodle shop in Chicago. (Yan-a-sak Less-chin-skee)

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