Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review: The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle by Alexandra West

Look, I realize that given the content featured on this site for pretty much all of 2018, I should consider renaming it "All Things Alexandra West."  But after covering West's book about the New French Extremity I needed to read something a bit more upbeat and it just so happens that West's new book is just that.  In The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle:  Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula, West explores an era of film that many in the horror community (including myself) have dismissed as being too polished and catering to more mainstream moviegoers at the expense of substance.  As someone who has a soft spot for enthusiastic defenses of overlooked pop culture, I was intrigued to see if West could win me over on '90s horror.

Monday, July 16, 2018

CONCLUSION: Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

Over the course of the past thirteen chapters of Films of the New French Extremity, Alexandra West has taken us through some pretty dark shit.  She notes that New French Extremity "burned brightly and quickly," starting in the late nineties and ending around Martyrs release in 2008.  This really seems the only way this wave of films could have panned out given how potent and harsh they are.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 13: Living Womb


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction.

We're nearing the end of our journey through the Films of New French Extremity.  After this we have just one more chapter that features filmmakers of the NFE's ventures into U.S. remakes.  I think it's fitting, then, that we cap off our last of the original NFE films with the very first one I'd ever seen, Alexadre Bustillo and Julien Maury's 2007 film A l'interieur (Inside).  I remember at the time hearing buzz about some hardcore horror films coming out of France and thinking "I'm totally hardcore.  I'll probably love them."